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Local boxing legend Sherriedale Morgan passes away at 75

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A local boxing legend passed away at New Hanover County Regional Medical Center Thursday afternoon. Sherriedale Morgan was champion of the 1955 Pan-American Games for the US Army. Morgan later coached the Wilmington Boxing Program. Many of his students went on to pro careers in the ring including heavyweight Donnell Holmes, native of Pender County. Holmes said Morgan was more than just a coach. “He didn't have any superstars, he taught us about life itself, boxing was just the foundation that brought us all together. But he was like a father figure to everyone that he had,” Holmes said. The boxing and physical fitness center on 10th Street in Wilmington was named after Morgan. There people can learn the principals of fitness and boxing Sherriedale used in his own life. Morgan was 75 years old.

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coach Morgan

I was a boxer for coach Morgan in 1992 and he helped me to fulfill a life long dream of going to the Olympic Trials. He was a great man in my eyes and many others as well,he taught us how to pray before a fight that was the only prayer i had ever learnd up to that point in my life and as a pro boxer i repeated that prayer that none of the participants would be injured and to keep a sportsmanship frame of mind. I later went on to fight 22 pro fights 4 of them were against world champions 2 overseas one in France and one in Germany i was his 195 lb. at Marquette, Mich. Olympic Trials (1992). I always wanted to tell him thankyou for every thing and that in 1995 i got saved baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, in 1998 i became a Minister in the Church of God in Christ, and began my own ministry after gaining my Doctor of Divinity in April,2009. I loved Coach Morgan and know that he already knows all of this he is with Jesus in Heaven and i will see him there,God bless his family,Amen.

I do not know this man....

but I know his legend. I honor him for his service to this community.

Thank You Coach Morgan---RIP

Thank you coach for giving myself and others the tools and confidence to excel in boxing,as well as life. I walked into the 4th street center a frail, shy, 120 lb 13 year old many years ago, and when I left Wilmington at 17, I was still small (155), but I was strong mentally and physically. He was a kind, tough, firm, spiritual, loving man. God bless you for all you have accomplished in this life. RIP, I will never forget you. Mike, one of the many, many students whom you have touched