June 1, 1963 ~ March 26, 2022

Born in: Hackensack, New Jersey
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Morgan W Makley III left his earthly home for the fairways of Heaven after a two-year battle with cancer. Born in 1963 in Hackensack, NJ to Morgan and Catherine Makley, Morgan met every challenge in his life with strength and resolve. During his high school years in Laurens, NY, a knee injury curtailed his dream of college athletics, so Morgan found his place in the US Marine Corps and served honorably from 1981-1985, based at Camp LeJeune, NC.

With his military experience, Morgan was a natural fit for the private security industry where he excelled for 36 years with Pinkerton/Securitas. While many recall his 10-years of leadership for the security services of the Masters golf tournament, he was also an essential part of the security responses to major storms and crises in the southeast, dedicated to keeping his security staff and the community safe from harm. Although he held the title of leader (CFA), he knew his team made his efforts successful, and he loved working with so many good teammates.

Family meant the world to Morgan, and he cherished every role: husband, father, brother, uncle and beloved in-law. He was a protective brother of John and Patty from the age of 10, ready to step in and help at any moment, just like the Batman he so revered. He loved being a Dad and was always ready for a game, from HORSE to Trouble; he shared his love of sports with all of us, but NO ONE had a better golf game; his game excelled throughout his cancer treatment, hitting in the low 70’s until the end. He was incredibly proud of his children for being hard-working, intelligent and kind; this extended to nieces and nephews, as well as the young people who became his neighbors. He made friends for a lifetime and blended them with family in his heart. No one was safe from his sense of humor, but he delivered his wit with a trademark impish grin, letting you know it meant you were accepted and loved.

Morgan was predeceased by his parents and his twin brother John. The loss of his presence is felt by many, most especially his wife of 25 years, Cathleen (Doyle) who opened his world to love and happiness beyond measure; his children, Elizabeth Ann Makley (partner Chrissi Cottingham), Morgan Joseph and Samuel John Makley, and his sister Patricia Biggs. He also leaves his beloved mother in law Carol Doyle, in laws Mary and Andy Kintz, Joe and Mary Doyle, Stacey Makley-Leech and her husband Bob; and seven nieces and nephews: Nathan Makley, Katie Telfer, Katie Labuda, Annie and Carol Doyle, Jacob and Joshua Kintz. His extended family will strive to keep family gatherings as fun as possible but will never quite fill the void.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 1 at 11 am at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Rd., Lilburn Georgia 30047. The family requests no flowers but encourages donations to the Morgan W. Makley III Endowed Scholarship Fund at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School, 791 Tom Smith Rd, Lilburn Georgia, 30047; https://www.sjnrcs.org/support/endowed-scholarships/.

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Funeral Mass: April 1, 2022 11:00 am - April 1, 2022 12:00 pm

St John Neumann Catholic Church
801 Tom Smith Road
Lilburn, GA 30047


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  1. CandleImageBeloved Brother-in-Law is ABSOLUTELY true!! We still tell the story of the telemarketer asking for my dad, and sometimes only need to quote the punch line: “He’s dead, you know.”

  2. CandleImageCathy, Liz, MJ and Sam ~
    I am so sorry for your loss, but what wonderful
    memories you all have to share.
    I have a few uncles and my Dad who, I am sure, are trying to
    recruit Morgan for their team – they always could spot the good guys –
    especially with a great sense of humor!
    You are all in my prayers and my heart ~ your love for Morgan and each other
    will forever keep you warm.
    Patty Bubp

  3. thinking of you dear sweet Cathy, Morgan & Sam…
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your PRESH hubby & daddy…
    please know you all are in my heart, thoughts & prayers…
    I hope you find a little comfort in your cherished life & memories…
    triple the love & hugs…

  4. CandleImageCathy we will continue to lift you and your family in prayer. A great hubby, dad, coach and more. He will be missed, but not forgotten. That bright smile is etched in our memories. I know you and the boys have wonderful memories to reflect on and now you have your own special angel. We love you!

  5. I’m very sorry to hear about Morgan’s passing . I worked with him at The Masters and managed the Columbus , Georgia branch for him at Securitas 2001 -2011 . I have many fond memories of Morgan . I’m praying for his family and friends . May Morgan rest in peace.

    Mark Goodwin – Phenix City , Alabama

  6. CandleImageThank you for everything and god speed. I appreciated the many conversations we had together. You will always be in my thoughts.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers for your family’s loss. Worked for Morgan for 15 years as Branch Manager in Albany.

  8. CandleImageMorgan was a great colleague and person. You could not only depend on his honesty and wit, but his willingness to share wisdom and experience that allowed you to excel with him.

    He will be missed and he was truly a rare gem of man.

  9. CandleImageTruly a sad day. My heart weeps for Patty and family. I watched the three of you grow up and your Mom was so proud of you all. Sincere Condolences, May you all find peace in your memories of Morgan, John, and Patty.

  10. CandleImageBoth Sally and I are saddened to have heard and read of Morgan’s passing. He was and will be always a Marine to my old Army self. We enjoyed our time at Gold Club with Kathy and Morgan. to the family we know that he will be missed in many ways and we know that the memories will be cherished forever.
    Sally and Mike Pierce

  11. CandleImageCathy, I pray that God will be with you and your family during this time. I worked closely with Morgan for the past 18 years and he was the very best! I used to tell him that he was one of a kind!

    He truly loved you all so much and cherished each and every day spent with you all. He will truly be missed. And he was loved by everyone at Securitas. His wisdom, guidance and leadership will forever remain with us.

    To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I pray that you find peace and comfort in knowing that Morgan is safe in His arms. Morgan W. Makley III, will never be forgotten!!!

  12. CandleImageDear Cathy , Liz, Morgan and Sam,
    At times like these there are no words . I know how precious you all were to him based on the conversation we had a few years ago when we were able to meet up with you Cathy and “Truck Daddy “ . So many fond memories of Morgan through high school. He always made the day more fun. I know there will be a huge void in your hearts. I will pray for strength for you all in this time. Virtual hugs to you all.

  13. CandleImageRIP Morgan Makley you were truly a unique person and you will truly be missed! I pray that the family gets through this difficult time and I pray that GOD will rap his arms around each and every family member. God bless

  14. Morgan will be sorely missed by me and by his other golfing friends.
    He was always smiling and in a good mood despite his illness.
    He never let it stop him from shooting a good score and he never once complained about his illness.
    We really did not know how seriously ill he was because he never talked about it. He just wanted to be with his friends and enjoy a round of golf.
    I truly enjoyed his friendship and I will miss him.

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