It’s impossible to interview one of the Morgan brothers without the other brother joining the conversation, finishing his brother’s sentence, reminding him of a story to illustrate a point or offering his own perspective.
So, instead of introducing just one of the talented craftsmen, readers can meet both, Brent Morgan, 32, and Kris Morgan, 40, in their woodworking shop along Carrollton Avenue next to Goldberg’s.
They rely on word of mouth and recommendations from satisfied customers to carry on their business of custom home remodeling and high-end cabinetry.
They don’t have a sign on their shop, where they have been working since 1999, but they meet clients at their homes rather than the shop.
And if they had a sign, they’d have to figure out what to put on it. They’ve been so busy they haven’t bothered to put a name on their business, although some people call them Morgan Brothers Construction, even though there isn’t a company with that name.
In the middle of tools and tables in their shop, Brent ran his hand along the finish of a 15-foot-long floor cabinet that will be dressed out with shelves and doors, with two tall towers atop it, to become part of an entertainment center. “We build these items custom to fit each customer’s needs and space,” he said.
“It’s not just building cabinets,” Kris said. “We can do everything.”
The brothers are in demand, so much so they find clients who have scheduled them to remodel a bathroom or family room start adding other projects to keep them working in their home. It keeps them busy. “We’ve been very blessed to have good job security,” Kris said.
“We do a lot of repeat work for people,” Brent said. “Maybe they move or they want us to work on another room.”
Those skills were learned at the knee of their father, Gene Morgan, a master carpenter and contractor. Kris assisted, starting when he was 10, and Brent started coming to job sites when he was 13.
“We started as children picking up at job sites, cleaning,” Brent remembered.
“We got years of training with him,” Kris said. “He taught us everything we know.”
Their relationship with their father and with each other changed on May 19, 2012, when Gene was riding his new motorcycle home from a job he was working with his sons. Near the Tomnolen community along U.S. 82, an 87-year-old driver ran over Gene with her car coming to rest atop him. Only a group of volunteer firefighters having a cookout nearby saved him.
The accident left Gene paraplegic in a powered wheelchair. When his sons figured out he wouldn’t be able to get around his own house in the wheelchair, they built him and their mother, Anita, a house on a couple of acres of land adjacent to the land Kris and his wife, Sherry, live on in Holcomb.
When they talk of their father, you can hear the pride and respect in the brothers’ voices.
“He didn’t quit living because of his accident,” Kris said, pointing out his father still does things around his home, such as planting trees.
“Last night we celebrated my dad’s seventh accident anniversary,” Brent said. “We all got together for dinner.” And he said the family had traced the time of the accident almost 40 years to the minute of his father’s high school graduation.
Brent said the relationship they have with their father and with each other is something developed through years of living and working side-by-side.
“It’s a different relationship when you spend 18 hours a day with someone,” he said.
In their shop, they wear tool belts when they work for easy access to what they need to do the job. Each knows the other’s habits and his favorite spot for putting down a pencil or bottle of glue that the other left on the corner of a table.
The Morgan family lived in town when the brothers were growing up, and both attended Pillow Academy, Kris graduating in 1997 and Brent in 2005. Brent attended Northwest Mississippi Community College and graduated from East Mississippi Community College with an associate’s degree in business.
Brent has been married for three years to his wife, Danielle, the executive director of the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. They are rescue parents to Howard Street Howard, the downtown Greenwood mascot. Kris and Sherry, a retired nurse, have been married 13 years.
As important as the high quality of work learned from a master carpenter, the Morgan brothers also have a strong work ethic and value self-respect.
“Our dad always taught us to take pride in our work,” Kris said. “We leave behind our reputation. You can make it bad, or you can make it good.”
Easy to see which the Morgan brothers choose.
•Contact Gavin Maliska at 581-7235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.