Plummer Morton, postal worker, driver

Plummer Morton
Plummer Morton
Posted: June 09, 2013

Plummer Morton, 95, of Yeadon, a postal service worker who later became a school-bus driver, died Saturday, June 1, at Lankenau Hospital of a heart ailment.

Born in Warren County, N.C., Mr. Morton was the only boy among five siblings. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was 9; he attended the city's public schools.

During World War II, Mr. Morton served four years and eight months in the Army. He was a military policeman at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served in the Pacific.

After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and found a job as a clerk with the U.S. Post Office. He worked at the 30th Street branch and later at Philadelphia International Airport, processing the mail for 27 years.

He retired at age 55 and, in 1972, embarked on a second career as a bus driver for the William Penn School District in Delaware County.

"He would take the kids to football games all over the region," said his daughter, Gail. "He also drove a van for handicapped children."

He continued for 24 years before retiring in 1996 to care for his ill wife, the former Susie V. Paschall.

His daughter said he was devoted to his wife and administered her medical care at home during a two-year incapacitation with Parkinson's disease. She died in 1998.

The two had married May 11, 1946, in Henderson, N.C. The marriage lasted for almost 52 years.

Mr. Morton was devoted to family, God, and humanity. His daughter said he was a devoted and supportive father who helped to foster her love of horses.

The family traveled extensively in the United States, as well as to Canada and the Caribbean.

Mr. Morton joined Mount Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia in 1933. The church was founded by family members; he remained a member for life.

He was ordained a deacon of the church in December 1966 and became deacon emeritus in June 2003.

He volunteered for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Morton is survived by two sisters and two nephews.

A viewing will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 50th Street and Woodland Avenue, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Fernwood Cemetery, Lansdowne.

Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross via www.redcross.org.

Condolences to the family may be offered at www.cjfuneralhome.com.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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