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William Robert "Bill" Moore

March 2, 1929 — March 6, 2024

Forest, Virginia

William Robert "Bill" Moore

William Robert "Bill" Moore passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, just 4 days after his 95th birthday.

 

Bill was a beloved member of the community and was especially well known for his years of service on both the Campbell County Board of Supervisors and the Campbell County Water Authority. He was a passionate public servant, and cherished not only serving his fellow citizens, but also serving with many of them, forming life-long friendships along the way.

 

Bill was the 2nd  generation proprietor of Moore's Country Store. He and his late wife Anne purchased the business from Bill's father, the late Herman Carter Moore in 1960, and ran the store for 39 years before selling it to his son and 3rd generation proprietor, David Carter Moore and his wife, Jennifer Darden Moore in 1999.

 

Stories and legends abound about Bill, who never met a stranger. He learned to ski at 50 years of age, and became an excellent skier, but refused to use poles. He would often say that skiing without poles made for a great conversation starter in the lift line to a Black Diamond run. He also loved to dance, and would go out to enjoy live entertainment, often being accused afterwards of "being the entertainment". He was a "life of the party" kind of guy, who made easy friends in a crowd. If there was music, there had to be dancing.

 

Bill also loved the beach, and in particular North Litchfield Beach in Pawleys Island, where he and his wife purchased a cottage in 1967. Many locals will remember staying there for their own summer vacations. It was a magical place to be a kid, and for the grown-ups to relax back in the day.

 

Virginia Military Institute can scarcely be mentioned in the region without Bill's name coming up. Bill's beloved VMI (Class of 1950-A) was a major part of who he was, and if asked, he would say that every kid should go to VMI if they could. He and his wife Anne were "super fans" and supporters of both the VMI football and basketball programs, and rarely missed a game for decades. If heaven were a football game, it would be VMI vs VPI on Thanksgiving Day, late in the fourth quarter, VMI with the ball on Tech's 5-yard line with the game on the line.........Rah Virginia Mil! Bill was individually responsible for recruiting many, many local kids to attend VMI over the years, a legacy that will live on.

 

In his later years, Bill lived on the big hill just east of the country store. He enjoyed gardening and planting trees. Trees? Oh, my did he love Trees! That is why there is a tree growing through the roof of the country store which he rebuilt after a fire in 1978.

 

Bill is survived by his daughter, Laura Aylor (Stan) and son, David Moore (Jennifer); grandchildren, Emma and Will Aylor, Hailey, Penelope, Savannah, and Allie Moore; and bonus grandchildren, Michael-John, Noah, Hunter, and Riley Thomas.

 

"Da" as they all called him or sometimes "Grandpop" was "a wild man", a fun-loving character who would keep you on your toes.

 

Bill will surely pass into many more legends and stories, for as we all know a good story deserves embellishment.

 

Bill's life was a good story!

 

Rest peacefully William, Billy, Bill, Da, Grandpop.

 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg.

 

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.
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Saturday, March 16, 2024

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory-Lynchburg

220 Breezewood Dr, Lynchburg, VA 24502

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