General Granbury’s Party: Jim Calhoun award given to Darrell Morgan


For many years, Darrell Morgan was known for his reenactment of General Hiram B. Granbury at the annual spring festival known at General Granbury’s Birthday Party.

The 35th annual celebration included barbecue cookoffs, arts and craft vendors and live music on the square Saturday and Sunday.

“Darrell hasn’t been General Granbury for the last couple of years,” said Brenda Hyde, spokeswoman for the Historic Granbury Merchants Association. “But he has been a great contributor to the community in many ways.”

Saturday, Morgan was presented the Jim Calhoun Spirit of Granbury Award at the festival.

The award is named for the late Jim Calhoun who came to Granbury as a young church music director and gifted artist. He volunteered his artistic talents to Granbury projects and became a valued and respected resident. He and his wife, Beth, were raising three daughters, and restored a historic home here.

While Morgan is already retired as General Granbury, he’s also leaving his day job at the end of this month.

The longtime First National Bank of Granbury employee and 377 Branch Manager is retiring. An all-day reception will be at the 377 FNB Bank on Friday, March 29.

“Darrell has been a great asset to FNB, and we want his last day to be a good one,” FNB Vice President and 144 Branch Manager Jerry Hodges said.

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