PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 

Fall Newsletter 2004
 from President Dwight "Clint" Moore

Dear Cousins,

As summer has set and September is upon us, I want to urge you to join us in Mooresburg on Saturday, October 29th, for our Annual Family Reunion, with more excitement and new special programs for you to enjoy all day! Vice-President Priscilla Rogers will again open her beautiful Bed & Breakfast “The Home Place”, and host us for our reunion activities.

This year will be yet another “milestone” year, because we’ll commission a memorial stone for the 7th child of our dear “Rodey & Liz”, Elizabeth Moore Yoe. Several years ago, Merle Moore and Ross Cameron set about the task of finding Elizabeth’s gravesite, but came to the conclusion that it was beneath an active farmer’s field in nearby Jefferson County, Tennessee. Recognizing that they could not determine where in the field it might be, we’ve decided to celebrate and recognize her life with a new memorial stone in Mooresburg.

We plan to place a new granite gravestone for her in the Dickson-Moore cemetery, near her mother Elizabeth and her brothers Hugh and John. Remark-
ably, this will mark the final chapter in our gravestone project to further preserve the memory, and thus memorialize the lives, of Rodey, Liz, and their eight children, by restoring their old gravestones, or erecting new ones where necessary.

Think about this for a minute. From those 8 blessed children, who bore at least 80 children of their own, have come over 15,000 descendants worldwide, over many generations and spanning some 200 years! Just think of it! With the commemoration of this stone, all 8 children will have been remembered with a gravestone of importance, in a safe cemetery now protected and maintained by our family association. I bet Merle, John, and many others who have gone to the “hereafter” will be with us in spirit, as we mark this great historical milestone in the life of our great American family. In 6 short years, we’ve refurbished or built gravestones and cemeteries for Rodey, Liz, and all their 8 children. What an accomplishment, and one that you can still help with through your tax deductible contribution (hint). Come to Mooresburg in October, and see this final chapter for yourself.

You won't want to miss it!

If that's not incentive enough for you to come, we're going to have several exciting and very interesting speakers give fascinating talks on several topics on Moore history. First, Mr. George Webb, a noted East Tennessee historian, is going to speak on Mooresburg area and East Tennessee history, followed by my own presentation detailing the DNA results collected to date and their significance. We're also hoping that Ross Cameron will be able to join us this year, for one of his interesting lectures on Moore history. Of course, we'll have great food and fellowship, and present a few awards to our most dedicated family members, as well as have you share the stories of some of your Moore family ancestors. As if that's not enough reason to come, our dear Joyce Browning is fast at work on the "Journal to end all Journals", with many wonderful articles on Rodey & Liz and their descendants. I've even written one for this edition on my Alfred Cleon Moore, and our dear printing "Saint" Charlie Moore has volunteered once again to publish it for the family, and have it ready to hand out at the Reunion. May God bless both Joyce and Charlie for their generosity and their lasting gifts of kindness to us all.

As usual, we will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday as a part of the “package.” Our cousin Glenda Petty Davis will prepare dinner for us to be served at the Home Place.

I also must remind a few of you that it is long past time for your Annual dues to have been paid, so please send us your $25 annual dues check with your registration. There are always a few of us that wait until reunion time to send in their dues check, so I'm reminding you now to do so at your earliest convenience. Those precious funds go toward supporting all our important projects, such as the gravestone purchases, cemetery maintenance, mailing this newsletter, website, directory, the DNA project, as well as distribution of the next Journal. Frankly, without your critical financial support, we could never do all that we do to keep this Association exciting and actively pursuing meaningful projects to celebrate our great American Family!

Remember too, it's still not too late for you to buy a $10 raffle ticket for our first ever Moore Family Raffle. Priscilla Rogers has generously donated 2 free nights, including a candlelight dinner, at her delightful Bed & Breakfast (a $200 value!), and we'll draw the winning ticket on Saturday night at the Reunion. You don't have to be present to win, so buy a ticket or two or three and we'll be sure you get entered.

So, make your plans and reservations today for our next BIG reunion on Saturday October 29th, as we return to Mooresburg for a reunion of great fun and excitement. We've got an action-packed weekend just for you!