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Mr. John L. Moore Jr.

THOMSON — Mr. John L. Moore Jr., 94, widower of Mrs. Frances Stovall Moore, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his home. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Thomson First Baptist Church with Dr. Leonard Dupree and the Rev. Larron Pilgrim officiating. Burial was in the Thomson Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Moore was born in Nashville, Tenn., grew up in Kirkwood (Atlanta), and had lived in Thomson for many years. He attended Murphy Junior High where he was captain of the JROTC, graduated in 1936 from the Boys High and was Atlanta city tennis champion in 1935. He was employed by Simmons Bedding Co., Atlanta, in 1937. He married Frances Stovall Aug. 12, 1939, in Thomson First Baptist Church and was a devoted husband and father who dearly loved his family. He was known for his outgoing personality, his honesty and his patriotism. He entered the service in 1943. He served in World War II as a staff sergeant, in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a cryptographer and message center chief with the 349th Signal Co. assigned to the 5th Air Force, 5th Fighter Command. He served in New Guinea, the Phillippine Islands and Tokyo, Japan, from June 1944 through December 1945. After the war he returned to Simmons Bedding Co. where he rose from clerk in Atlanta to assistant vice president of sales in New York City. He was a master conversationalist and salesman. He won every sales competition that Simmons ever sponsored. He retired in 1978 and moved to Thomson. He was a former member of the Atlanta Athletic Club and Belle Meade Country Club, where he was an avid golfer. He attended the Masters Golf Tournament for 50 years. He was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church and the Thomson Rotary Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, John L. Moore Sr. and Virginia Vennie Montgomery; sisters, Mary Virginia Woodbury and Evelyn McWaters, and his wife of 67 years, Frances Stovall Moore. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Betty (Bob) Born, Duluth; his daughter, Connie Moore Oare, Bogart; his son, David Burt (Myrna) Moore, Thomson; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Eric Oare, Brent Oare, Ben Wheeler, Norm McGohon, Jim Alfriend and Burton D. Patrick. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomson First Baptist Church. Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, December 08, 2011

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