Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


May 27, 2013

Ralph Moore 1922-2013

LOUISA — Ralph Moore, 91, of Louisa, passed away May 25, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 18, 1922, at Newcomb, near Louisa.  Ralph was the son of the late Eli and Nancy O’Daniel Moore of Newcomb Branch in Lawrence County.  

He was a graduate of Morehead State University with an associate degree in vocational education. He was a Lawrence County vocational auto mechanics teacher for nine years.

Prior to teaching, he was co-owner of Chaffin Service Center in Louisa, where he worked as an auto body repair mechanic. He also was a mechanic at Pannell Pontiac Garage, Newton Chevrolet Garage and Britton-Whitt Ford Garage.

At 16, Ralph served in the Kentucky Civilian Conservation Corps for a year. He was a veteran of the  U.S. Navy, serving during World, War II on the U.S.S. Dorothea L. Dix and the U.S.S. Fremont as a signalman. He was a member of Myrtle Chapel Church, where he taught the adult Sunday school class for many years and was a former Sunday school superintendent. Ralph was a previous member of the Myrtle Chapel Singers and sang for many years to honor the Lord. Ralph served as a board member for Yatesville Memorial Gardens until his death.

He retired in 1986 and spent much of his time woodworking in his garage and caring for his grandchildren. He was known for his quick smile and good sense of humor, always enjoying a good joke or story from friends. Ralph had a wonderful memory and wrote his memoir a few months before his death.

He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy Rice Moore; a son, David Eli Moore of Danville; two brothers, Alonzo Moore and Dan Moore; and three sisters, Phyllis Carter, Elizabeth Chairatana and Reba Mayo.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan (Dan) Gipson of Villa Hills; a brother, Paul Fred (Laura Jane) Moore of Newcomb; a daughter-in-law, Laura Moore; four beloved grandchildren, Bill (Katherine) Dotson of Lexington, Stephanie (Rob) Wessel of Fort Mitchell, Emma Moore of Lexington and Jacob Moore of Lexington; and two great-grandchildren, Sylvia and Abe Wessel.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 28 at Myrtle Chapel Church. Visitation will be at Wilson Funeral Home in Louisa from 5 to 8 p.m. today, May 27.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Myrtle Chapel Church Building Fund, c/o Glenna and Joe Reed, 33 Maize Lane, Louisa, KY 41230.

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