Garland Hurst Moore, Jr.
Garland Hurst Moore, Jr., 95, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Hospice of the Eastern Panhandle, Kearneysville.
A life-long resident of Jefferson County and member of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, he resided for the past 59 years at the family home, Rural Retreat, on the Old Leetown Pike.
Mr. Moore was employed by the Peoples Life Insurance Company of Washington, D.C., for over 40 years. Upon his retirement from Peoples Life Insurance Company, Mr. Moore became active in public life, being elected to the Jefferson County Commission for two terms, serving as president of the Commission for eight of those years. Mr. Moore was the last living member of the Charter Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Commission on Aging and served as a member of the Board of Directors of that organization for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Jefferson County Development Authority, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors for a number of years. Mr. Moore was named the outstanding Volunteer of the Year for the year 2000 by the Southern Economic Development Council.
A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air force in January, 1942 and served in the 415th Night Fighter Squadron in the European Theater of Operations. For his service, he was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, the European Theater of Operations Medal with Battle Stars, the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and the Victory Medal. After the German surrender in 1945, he was assigned to the 64th Fighter Wing of the Army of Occupation until his discharge in January 1947. He achieved the rank of 1st lieutenant and remained a member of the U.S. Army Air Force Reserve until 1957.
Mr. Moore is survived by his three children, Beverly B. Moore, of Athens, Garland H. Moore III, of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia and Curtis Anne Moore, of Nitro; two grandchildren, Garland H. Moore, IV, of Lynchburg, Virginia and Eliza H. Moore, of Brooklyn, New York; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Eleanor B. Moore; one brother, William M. Moore; and three sisters, Anne Correll Smith, Betsy M. Moore and Mary Milton Clabaugh.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Melvin T. Strider Funeral home.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the funeral home with Dr. Henry Christie officiating, followed by graveside services at Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town.
Mr. Moore has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Old Charles Town Library, 200 East Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414.
Please sign the online guestbook and view his obituary at www.mtstrider.com.