I love you, Mom!

As some of you may have heard my mom Shirley Ann Workman passed away this week. She was 69.

We had hoped that her recent vascular surgery and dialysis would help get her back on her feet and out of the hospital. It was just too late and over the weekend her body began to shut down. The doctors prepared my family for what was to come. She had been in the hospital for over a month and a half and had good days and bad days, but her body had just been through too much. Monday everyone tried to make her comfortable and we thought we were going to lose her. We told her we loved her and she said the same to us and that she was blessed to have her family surrounding her. She was lucid and we cracked some jokes between crying and praying and taking turns holding her hand or feeding her. It was great to see her have an appetite and everything tasted wonderful to her- especially the mushroom Swiss burger she’d been craving since she was admitted to the hospital. Nicki and I left late that night. I hugged and kissed mom I told her to get some sleep and that  I’d see her tomorrow.  I had overheard her ask my youngest sister LaDonna if it was okay for her to go, and if she would get in trouble. LaDonna told her it was fine and she should try to go to sleep. I didn’t want my mom to leave us, but she had suffered enough. That night I prayed that God would take her, and he did. She passed away the next afternoon with my sisters there with her. Unfortunately as usual I was late and I didn’t arrive in time, which will be one of my biggest regrets.

Mom’s visitation will be today/Thursday from 5-8pm and the funeral service will be Friday at 1pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 7200 Swinnea Road in Southaven, MS. There will also be a shot graveside service Friday at Twin Oaks Cemetery on Goodman Road in Southaven. In lieu of flowers a bereavement fund has been set up at Trinity Baptist Church to help cover final expenses.

Mom, thank you for all you sacrificed raising us,  for all you’ve taught me your support over the years, and mostly for all the love you showed us all. I love and miss you very much.

Your son,



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- HaveGeekWillTravel.com. Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/HauntedWeb.com co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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8 Responses

  1. Nancy Boatwright (Your Mom's Cousin) says:

    A beautiful memorial to your Mom. I know you will all miss her. Just hold on to the good memories.
    Even though we have not lived close to one another for many years, I have great memories of growing up with your Mom.
    All our love,
    Nancy & Family

  2. Terry Barlow says:

    I am sorry we have never met but I am the oldest son of Aline Morgan Barlow.
    It has been decades since I had seen Shirley but always had the highest regard for my first cousin.
    We played together as children and teens whenever there was a Morgan reunion.
    Our best wishes and prayers are with you and your siblings and your families. Hope to meet all of you at some point in the future.

    Take care.


    Terry Barlow & family

  3. Tom Barlow (another cousin) says:

    Hello, Lin

    My condolences go out to you. I had not seen Shirley in years but always have had fond memories of her.
    She was a light-hearted person who smiled a lot, and was easy to get along with. There was nothing bad about her, and you can surely be proud of your mother.

    May the Lord comfort you in your loss.

    Tom Barlow

  4. Kearney Morgan says:

    Please know that I am deeply sorry for your loss. Although I do not remember ever having any corresponce or other contact with her after we were all grown, I always thought that she was a very sweet person. My main memory was of playing with her and all the rest of the cousins at Grandpa and Grandma Morgan’s. God bless you.

  5. Burney Morgan says:

    To Shirley Ann’s Children
    I am the third son of Kearney Morgan, Lehman’s brother. We lived at 171 Vardaman Street in Jackson Ms when they would visit us. (Seeing her birthday, Shirley was two years older than me) I just remember their visits. Uncle Lehman and Aunt Geneva were such sweet people. I especially remember Uncle Lehman’s laugh. They were always happy as I remember including “Shirley Ann” (we always referred to her as Shirley Ann, not just Shirley). She was one of my favorite cousins back then because she was very pretty. You all are very blessed because Shirley Ann is very special.

    I loved the memorial video. Especially the early photos.

    God bless all of you…Burney Wade Morgan

  6. Lin says:

    Thanks to everyone. Glad you stopped by the site. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a reunion or even down to the other end of Mississippi. Always had fun spending time at Uncle Julian’s and Aunt Bea’s farm in Hattiesburg and visiting many of the Morgan’s there, in Gulfport/Biloxi, or stopping by uncle Hub’s in Jackson.

    Mom had me, Lisa, and LaDonna (in that order), and had 8 grandchildren. Lisa’s- Harley David (died as an infant), Christina, Shena, and Shawn. LaDonna’s- Lindsay, Alyssa, Kristyn, and Jonathan. Nicki and I have two cats.

    The memorial services for mom went well and I think she would have been happy. We decorated for St. Patrick’s Day, shared photos, told stories, laughed a lot, and ate good after. She’s buried in Twin Oaks Cemetery on Goodman Road, just off I-55 in Southaven, MS just south of Memphis, TM.

    MaMaw (Geneva), Pop(Lehman), and Harley are buried about 5 minutes north off Holmes and Airways at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis just on the other side of the state line.

    Please keep in touch. Mom would like that.


  7. mike smith says:

    I very sorry I didn’t know.Your mom was a very sweet woman and she will be missed.

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