Virgil Lee MooreJanuary 17, 1920 ~ May 1, 2017 (age 97)
Virgil Lee Moore, 97, passed away May 1 surrounded by his loving family and dedicated caregivers. He was born in Island Creek, Kentucky to Andrew Jackson Moore and Lizzie Moore. He was the last survivor of a family of 12 children. He was a graduate of Winfield High School in Winfield, West Virginia where he was a three sport letterman and, an outstanding basketball player, averaging 19 points per game. After graduation he worked at Union Carbide Corporation to help support his mother and younger siblings. He later entered the United States Navy during WWII, serving on the USS California.
He married Betty Virginia Bibb in 1945 and later entered the business world, owning a restaurant, service station, and various other businesses and real estate before retiring. He moved to Sanford, North Carolina where he lived for seven years and then to Melbourne, Florida where he lived until 2015, when he returned back to Sanford to live closer to his family in his final days. During his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cards, golfing, square dancing, and following the stock market.
He was predeceased by his wife Betty, who died in 1996. He is survived by two sons, Curtis Lee Moore and wife, Elaine of Clayton, NC and Gary Lynn Moore and wife, Linda of Sanford, NC. His five grandchildren include Patrick Moore of Cape Town, South Africa; Andrew Moore of Raleigh, NC; Heather Miller of Pittsboro, NC; Kristin Steed of Atlanta, GA and Michael Moore of San Francisco, CA. Among his greatest joys were his seven great grandchildren -- Tyson, Lindley, Camden, Tre, Peyton, Jed and Evie. His family will remember him for his generosity, his selflessness, his great sense of humor, and his devotion to everything he did.
There will be a graveside service with Military Honors at the Lawrence Cemetery in Scott Depot, West Virginia at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 6. The family will receive visitors at the home of Gary and Linda Moore prior to traveling to West Virginia for his service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or you may buy yourself some shares of stock in his memory.
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