Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 28, 2014

Dr. Andrew Moore - 1927-2014

ELLENTON, FL — Dr. Andrew Moore, 87, went to his heavenly home on April 27, 2014, because of pneumonia complications. He was surrounded by his loving family at Tidewell Hospice House in Ellenton, Fla.

He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Floyd County, to the late R.E. and Ethel Moore. Known as Andy, he grew up in Kentucky and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 1954. While in dental school he met the love of his life, Eleanor Arbutus Blackburn, whom he lovingly called “Boo” and “my best friend.” They wed July 3, 1953, and were married for 60 years.

Upon completion of dental school, Andy was commissioned a dental officer in the U.S. Air Force and retired a full colonel. Dr. Moore practiced dentistry in Ashland for 37 years, 10 of which were with his Stuart. He served as a dental examiner for the Southeast U.S. Regional State Board of Dentistry and received a fellowship and mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. He was a life member of the American and Kentucky dental associations and served as an officer or board member of many other prestigious dental organizations. In 1975, he was awarded the Air Force Medal of Meritorious Service from the secretary of state, distinguishing him as dental surgeon of his unit.

Before moving to Florida and while living at Atlantic Beach, N.C., Dr. Moore was an active member of Bogue Banks Baptist Church. His hobbies were carving shore birds and creating gold jewelry for Boo. He felt his greatest commission and accomplishments were serving on foreign mission fields conducting dental clinics with Boo, an RN, as his assistant. He loved the Lord as well as his dental profession and felt the need to be in Christian service using his God-given talent and ability. He and Boo made many trips to provide dental services to underprivileged people in the Yucatan and on other islands. Several times his children, Andreah and Stuart, accompanied them.

Andy was very much loved and will be remembered for his genteel kindness and loving spirit toward family and friends. He always had a smile on his face for everyone in his presence. For the past 10 years he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Palmetto, Fla., and the Fellowship Sunday school class.

Dr. Moore was also preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Moore, and a sister, Mabel Butler, both of Ashland.

Surviving in addition to his wife and children, Andreah (Steve) Wellman and Stuart (Lori), and four grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Heather (Seth) Kardos, Chris Wellman, Brittany “Nikki” Moore and Amy (Eric) Robinette, are a brother, Ernest (Lorelle) Moore of Houston; sisters-in-law JoAnn Moore, Charlene (Walt) Jones, Joan (Dan) Scalf and Ethel Stollings; and a brother-in-law, Buford (Lil) Blackburn, all of Kentucky.

A life service celebration in memory of Dr. Moore will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Palmetto by the pastor, Dr. Phillip Hamm. Full military rites will be presented during interment at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Stuart Moore, Steve Wellman, Chris Wellman, Walt Jones, Dan Scalf and Carl Lorick.  

Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the church.

Groover Funeral Home in Ellenton is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Missions at First Baptist Church, 1020 Fourth St. W., Palmetto, FL 34221 or Tidewell Hospice House, 4151 37th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221.

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