A Familiar Face

Gloria Ann Morgan

Anyone who has lived at Lake Wateree or surrounding area for many years has heard the name Gloria Ann Morgan. Morgan is a staple at the lake. This country girl by birth was born and raised in Hartsville to Ella and Carson Douglas. Ella was a homemaker and Carson an electrician at DuPont. Gloria’s dad passed away just a few months ago; her mom lives in Bishopville. Morgan is one in a family of five children. Her sister Sylvia lives in Virginia, brother Mike in Cassatt and brothers Johnny and Mitchell are living in Bishopville.

Gloria was a graduate of Spring Valley High School in 1973 and then took college courses to become a paralegal. She later went to work at DuPont in the manufacturing department, where she met her future husband, Don Morgan. The Morgans married in 1987 and Gloria went to work at the Windmill Restaurant at Lake Wateree in 1993. For a short time she opened a coffee shop of her own in Camden but it was not meant to be, so she returned to work at the Windmill. The couple has four children, daughters Paula and JoAnne and sons Ryan and Darby. Their eight grandchildren are scattered between Columbia, Camden and McBee.

The couple has lived off Rockbridge Road on Smooth Rock Point for the past 27 years, enjoying their pontoon boat, John boat and deep sea fishing. Don is retired and likes to tinker with boats, doing repairs on the side. The family are members of the Lutheran Church in Camden. When Gloria retires, she said she wants to visit Martha’s Vineyard, the only place she is interested in seeing. She would also like to return to her writing. In the past she has written several short stories and poems. She enjoys cooking, but her greatest joy is being a grandmother and spending time with her grandchildren every chance she gets.

Gloria serves the Lake Wateree Hat Club ladies every Thursday and what a joy she is, so pleasant always and with a big smile and a hug when she knows you need it. She is a very caring person who takes an interest in the problems of her patrons and how family members are. If you have not met Gloria Morgan yet, visit the Windmill Restaurant at Lake Wateree and see for yourself. You are in for a huge treat.

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