Two members of the Lion family passed away in recent days.

Morris Sweet, 85, a member of the KGCS-TV team for two decades, passed away on Sept. 19.

He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before joining the KODE television station as chief engineer. After 20 years there, he joined Missouri Southern as chief engineer for KGCS.

“He was there when I was hired in 1986 and had been instrumental in setting up the campus TV and radio stations,” said Judy Stiles, the former general manager of KGCS. “We were a very lean operation … just me and Morris, along with a few faculty members and students.

“He was always very friendly and outgoing, and he knew his business and how things worked. He saw us through the transition (from cable) to a broadcast station.”

Obituary information can be found here.


Lenora Wiley, 89, passed away on Sept. 16. She was a former director of the Childhood Development Center – which is now the Lion Cub Academy.

From 1975-89, she owned and operated Children’s House, a neighborhood preschool, before coming to Missouri Southern, where she served as the center’s director for nearly a decade.

“When I was a student here, she was the director of the Childhood Development Center. I considered her a mentor,” said Nikki Tappana, director of the Lion Cub Academy.

“I always appreciated her love for the kids and making (the center) feel like a family. She got us going in the direction to make us what we are today. After the LCA opened (in 2017), Lenora came by to take a personal tour.

Wiley’s obituary information can be found at this link.