Yvonne Tate Morgan, 75, of Ringgold, Georgia, died the evening of Saturday, January 14th following an extended illness.
Born in Dunlap, Tennessee, Yvonne was a 1965 graduate of Sequatchie County High School. Upon graduating from the State Beauty College of Chattanooga in 1966, she went to work as a hairdresser at Ralph’s Beauty Salon on Signal Mountain, a job that would lead to a 45 year career in cosmetology.
By 1991, Yvonne had moved to north Georgia and built a thriving business. She married her knight in shining armor, N. DeWayne Morgan and they enjoyed 32 blessed years together, building a warm, welcoming home and expanding Yvonne’s business into the successful Burning Bush Gifts and Tuxedos.
Yvonne was well known throughout Catoosa and Walker Counties, where she was active in Georgia politics and the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce. She was heavily involved in community work, which led to her being named the 2016 Catoosa County Citizen of the Year and the 2021 Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. She spearheaded a drive to create the Catoosa County Citizens and Veterans Memorial and for two decades served as that foundation’s president, ensuring local veterans were honored in annual ceremonies and through road dedications to fallen heroes.
After closing her small business, Yvonne served the state of Georgia at the Department of Labor before going to work for former state senator Jeff Mullis at the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority and the Top of Georgia Economic Development Initiative.
Yvonne took great pride in God and Country. She was a member of the Women’s Sunday School Class at Burning Bush Baptist Church as well as several patriotic organizations, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Colonial Dames.
Yvonne was always ready for a good tea party, a fancy dinner, and any event where there would be American flags. She loved flowers, especially roses, and Victorian antiques. She was quick to volunteer for any worthy cause and enjoyed supporting the Republican Party.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Russell, Jr.; father, Vince Tate; mother, Ina Tate; and one brother, Glenn Tate.
In addition to her husband, DeWayne, Yvonne is survived by daughters Stephanie (Robbie) Treadway of Ringgold and Mary Shiver of Chattanooga; DeWayne’s daughter, Wendy (Jaz) Ericson of LaFayette; DeWayne’s son, Jonathan Wade Morgan of Ringgold; brothers Martin L. Tate (Linda) of Dunlap and Burnard Tate of Chattanooga; and sister, Alfredia Rhodes.
She also leaves behind four precious grandchildren: Robert Lewis Treadway III, William Louie Treadway, Haley Erickson, and Hannah Shiver.
Services to celebrate Yvonne’s life are arranged through the Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway in Fort Oglethorpe as follows: Visitation hours Tuesday, 1:00pm to 8:00pm and Wednesday 11:00am to 1:00pm, with a funeral service to immediately follow. Burial will be at Tennessee Georgia Memorial Park in Rossville.
Serving as pallbearers will be Robert Lewis “Robbie” Treadway, Jr., Robert Lewis Treadway III, William Louie Treadway, Jeffrey Pickens, Johnathan Wade Morgan, and Jaz Ericson.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Catoosa County Citizens and Veterans Memorial Foundation.