Sheila Morgan: A woman worth listening to

Sheila Morgan

“I grew up in the most gorgeous place on earth,” Sheila Morgan says. “Water comes pouring out of the mountains and it’s just the cleanest, prettiest water. Well, of course I don’t know if it’s the cleanest, but I know it’s the prettiest.”

Morgan is a natural storyteller, weaving anecdotes about her childhood in Blue Ridge, Georgia, and words of wisdom from her mother, like: “You can please some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time.”

“My favorite one Mama used to say was, ‘Can’t can’t never could, but can can could if you would,’ ” Morgan says with a smile. “When I tell people that, they always ask, ‘Would what?’ and I say, ‘Try.’ ”

Morgan’s motto, “Just try,” has pervaded her life, both professionally and personally. She has been a manager of a skating rink and a deli, a painter, a poet, a wife, a mother of two, and an accomplished seamstress and writer — often overlapping her professions, passions and responsibilities with a never-simmering energetic fire. “I just can’t sit still,” she says.

Morgan, her husband and 5-year-old son, Shane, moved to Hilton Head Island in 1982, and she and her husband managed Plantation Deli. She also made quilts and sold painted cheese boxes on the side, which didn’t leave her with a lot of spare time. But when she heard about a seamstress position open at The Porcupine, she was intrigued. “I had never done alterations before, and I told Avis (owner of The Porcupine) that. She said to bring in a dress I had done and I guess she liked it because she said, ‘I’ll give you a try,’ ” Morgan says.

Reflecting back on that time, Morgan said, “You know how you look into your brain and ask questions? Well, I guess [during that time] I looked into my brain and it said to give it a go.” Thirty years later, Morgan is still a popular tailor an extensive client list — and she’s added author to her ever-growing list of accomplishments. “I always wanted to write but never thought I could … until now,” she says.