Raymond Ledbetter Moore II passed peacefully with his family in attendance in LaGrange, KY, on September 17, 2017. He was born on October 15, 1929 in Winchester, VA.
Predeceased by his father, Raymond Ledbetter Moore, his mother, Gladys Britt Moore, his brother Walter Fletcher Moore and sister, Yvonne Moore Hardenbrook. Surviving family members are his wife of 64 years, Martha Esther McElrath Moore, his sister, Carolyn Moore Hess, son John Stephen Moore, daughter in-law Carol Sue Webb Moore, and grandson Nicholas Webb Moore.
Raymond/Ray/R.L./Dr. Ray had a B.S. degree in Divinity from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master’s degree in Divinity from Duke University, a Master’s degree in English from West Virginia University, and a Doctorate degree in English from the University of South Carolina.
He was a Methodist minister in the West Virginia conference from 1953 through 1967. He was the minister at the Methodist churches in Williamson, Sistersville, Moorefield, Richwood, and Reedsville, before retiring from the West Virginia Conference to pursue a career as a college professor in English. After obtaining his Master’s degree in English, he was a professor at Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., and completed his Doctorate Degree. Ray and his family moved to Bristol, VA in 1972 where he was a professor at Sullins College until the college closed in 1979. He also taught English, Religion, and Business classes at Bristol University, Virginia Intermont College (where his mother had attended in the early 1900’s), and Virginia Highlands Community College from the early 1980’s until 2010.
He was an avid sports enthusiast, playing basketball, tennis, and table tennis from his teenage years through his 60’s. He was the tennis coach at Sullins College and taught tennis lessons to many people in the Bristol area. He was also a loyal member of the Bristol Lions Club and held every office at some point during his many years in that organization.
Ray was very proud that he was able to perform the marriage ceremonies for a multitude of people, especially: Steve Moore and Carol Webb, Sandra Griffith and Rob Lowe, Neil Knox and Jane Red, Michelle Knox and Steve Shelly. His wonderful sense of humor, terrible puns, and amazing ability to make friends with anyone will be missed by all who knew him. If you were behind him in line, he might have shared a fluorite crystal, a magic trick, a riddle or a random act of kindness to brighten your day.
Special thanks to the Providence Richwood facility in LaGrange, KY for their skill, love, and patience while taking care of Ray over the past three years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21st at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (322 Vance Drive, Bristol, TN 37620).
In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Bristol Lions Club.
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