----Paul Morton, the father of Ricky Morton and legendary Memphis Wrestling referee, passed away on Friday.
----Our condolences to the family and friends. Below is what was posted on the Mid-Southern Wrestling Message Board.
MORTON, James "Paul" - Bald EagleAge 89, went to be with the Lord on December 17, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sim and Mary Morton; brothers, Louis, Hollis, Frank, Edgar, and Oscar Morton. Survived by his wife of 63 years, Lucille Westmoreland Morton; brothers, Mack and Gene Morton and sister, Beulah Hicks; sons, George D. Morton, S. Wayne Morton, Larry P. (Susan) Morton, Rickey W. Morton and Donnie R. Morton plus several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. Mr. Morton joined the Civil Conservation Corps at a very early age followed by service in the Merchant Marines in World War II. He will be most remembered for his many years professionally as a wrestler, referee, and promoter. He was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 21, 2010 in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall with burial following in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday 4 until 7 p.m.