Willie Morgan, of Heber Springs, was inducted into the Arkansas Auctioneers Association Hall of Fame at the associations annual convention in Hot Springs Saturday night. He was presented by his grandson Brooks Morgan.
Morgan has been involved in the auction business since 1962, and continues to be active today in his 57th year. Morgan, a lifelong Arkansan, first fell in love with the industry as a young man spending time at the local livestock auction barns in Heber Springs, Mountain View and Conway.
His passion for auctions would lead him to begin his bid calling career by selling general items outside of the barn, before the livestock would be sold inside. He attended the Fort Smith Auction School, the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, and has been a long time member of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association.
He spent most of his early years as a bid caller selling livestock at area “sale barns”. During the late 1960’s and into the 1970’s in addition to selling livestock, he worked on the auction block at Bald Knob selling strawberries.
Morgan has been active in operating his family auction business, Morgan Auction Service, after his time selling livestock and produce. Morgan still conducts Estate Auctions, Farm Auctions, and really any type of auction throughout North Central Arkansas. After 27 years in his profession, he was grandfathered in as a licensed Arkansas Auctioneer in 1989, AALB #69.
Morgan is the driving force behind Morgan Auction Service, a family oriented business. Along with his wife Marsha, they direct the day to day operations of the business. His son Billy has been a licensed Arkansas Auctioneer since 1994 (AALB #1045) and member of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association. Morgan’s daughter Tanya has also been involved with the family business her entire life.
His passion for the auction business spills over into all area of his life. If he isn’t working an auction, he loves attending them. He truly enjoys being a part of the profession and the relationships that began from his work. He genuinely enjoys people, and has established many friendships from his years in the auction business that have lasted a lifetime.
Morgan enjoys hunting and fishing with his grandsons. His favorite moments are time spent with his family, which includes his wife of 50 years, Marsha, son Billy, wife Dusty and two sons Brooks and Brett, daughter Tanya King, husband Dustin and three sons Michael, Zack and Alex.
Congratulations to Morgan for this honor.