John Allen Moore, native son of Hayesville, passed away suddenly, peacefully without pain on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at age 92.
Born Sept. 23, 1923, he was the first born of Claude A. Moore and Myrth Chambers Moore.
John’s Scotch/Irish roots ran deep in the Western Carolina mountains all the way back to Clay County’s original pioneer settler, John C. Moore, whose only neighbors were the Cherokee Indians. The enduring strengths of these roots bonded him forever to the mountains and the people, instilling in him the values and strength of character, which guided him throughout life.
He often said, “You can take the man out of the mountains but you can’t take the mountains out of the man.”
After traveling around the world many times, and storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day during World War II, John Allen Moore returned home to his beloved mountains to live out his life giving back to the community which nurtured him.
John received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also did post graduate work at Dartmouth College.
His military service included four years in the Coast Guard/Navy, serving in the European Theater for the duration of World War II, participating in all four major invasions of Europe: Sicily, Selarno, Anzio and Normandy, France, on D-Day.
After graduating from college he was offered a commission as an officer in the Air-Force Reserves, where he finished as a Captain in 1965.
His career in business is highlighted by a 20-year career with DAYCO Corp. based in Waynesville, N.C., and Dayton, Ohio, where he became famous for his negotiating skills. He joined Drackett/Bristol-Myers Squibb Corp., retiring as senior vice-president in 1989.
While at the Drackett Company of Bristol, he wore many hats as innovator/inventor, human resource management, acquisitions, operations of profit centers within the company.
He served on the Council of World Affairs, hosting the first visiting Chinese Dignataries after President Richard Nixon re-established diplomatic relations in 1978.
John served on the Moorehead Scholarship Selection Committee, the TVA Planning, establishing scholarships for future leaders through the John Allen Moore Family scholarship.
He was a 33rd Degree Mason/Shriner; a member of VFW Allison-Bristol Post 6812 of Hayesville and First United Methodist Church of Hayesville.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Claude and Myrth Moore; a son, Charles (Chuckie) Edward; a brother, Ralph Moore; and a sister, Martha Ray Carter.
He is survived by his wife, Cassandra Underhill Moore of Erlanger, Ky., part of the Greater Cincinnati area, where they met 43 years ago. They would have celebrated 39 years of marriage in March. He also is survived by his son, Jonathan Robert (Rob) Moore of Vero Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Claudine Morris of Nashville, Tenn., and JoAnn Blosser of Charleston, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews from his four siblings.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at First United Methodist Church of Hayesville with the Rev. Kirk Hatherly officiating. The interment was in Ledfords Chapel Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Hayesville VFW Allison-Bristol Post 6812, American Legion Post 532, Murphy American Legion Post 96 and VFW Post 10222, and masonic rites provided by Clay Lodge No. 301. Pallbearers were Abner Moore, Jeff Moore, Tim Cox, Fletcher Bradley, Matt Bruns and Bill Flatley. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Moore, Jimmy Johnson, Bobby Ledford, Ron West, Allen Redding, Hal Wilkinson and Larry Ford.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, where the body was until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of John Allen Moore to the John Allen Moore Scholarship Fund; Shriner’s Hospital; VFW Allison-Bristol Property Fund; and First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, was in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.