Victoria men killed in Friday crash remembered

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

Nov. 11, 2013 at 5:11 a.m.

Two Victoria men killed in a wreck on U.S. Highway 59 in Goliad County on Friday were outdoorsmen on their way to a game-controlled ranch in Hebbronville.

"The man we work for owns it. ... They loved it. Any chance they had to go to the ranch, they were gone," Anderson Machinery Company's service manger Paul Christopher said Monday.

Christopher's co-workers, Stanley Parry, 58, and Brett Morgan, 46, both of Victoria, died after the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Parry was driving crossed the center stripe for an unknown reason near the Bee County line.

The Tahoe struck a Meridian motor home towing a sport utility vehicle about 2:43 p.m., Department of Public Safety Trooper Gerald Bryant said Friday.

Steven Cornelius, 65, and Julia Cornelius, 56, both of Sioux Falls, S.D., were eastbound on the highway in the motor home.

The couple was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital of Beeville and transferred to Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi. Steven Cornelius remained in stable condition Monday, but Julia Cornelius was not listed as a patient.

Christopher said he has worked closely with Parry, the Anderson Machinery Company's general manager, and Morgan, the company's sales manager, for at least the past five years. The office, which includes 14 workers, liked to joke around.

"Yeah, there were some days when we could choke each other, but I think we got along very well," Christopher said. "It was quite comical at times. It was fun."

Morgan's sister-in-law, Jennifer Morgan, of San Antonio, also said he had a vivacious personality.

"He loved to pick and tease, but he always did it out of love," she said Monday.

Morgan enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, she said.

He also checked regularly on the condition of his 12-year-old nephew, who completed chemotherapy nine months ago for undifferentiated sarcoma on his spine.

Jennifer remembered how six months ago Morgan dropped everything to help her when a volleyball-sized rock blew out two of her tires while she was driving with her children on Interstate 10 near Schulenburg.

"My husband was at least three hours away, so he (Brett Morgan) came and rescued us on the side of the road," she said. "He didn't even hesitate. That's just the kind of person he was."

Morgan is survived by his wife. Lynda Morgan, 46, of Victoria, and brother. Stocky Morgan, 60, of San Antonio. He has four nieces and one nephew.

Attempts to reach Parry's family were unsuccessful Monday. Christopher said they were traveling from Victoria to McAllen, where Parry grew up.



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