Spring Newsletter 2003
from President Dwight "Clint" Moore
Dear Moore Cousins,
Reunion 2002 was quite an event. Between our visit to the William Moore house, a
fun-filled account of Mt. Airy history, a visit to the Granite Quarry, and of
course, our commemoration of the 4 gravestones of Rodey’s family, it was quite a
whirlwind of a day.
In the morning, Jim Grimes, a local historian, amused us with his recantations
of many amazing stories, including the many “Mayberry” ones. Then, we were off
in one of our famous car caravans to the Mt Airy Granite Quarry overlook, for a
fascinating lecture from Mr. Grimes, high on the hill overlooking the massive
From there, we bid farewell to Mr. Grimes, and caravanned on to the farm of our
dear graveyard protectors, Georgia and Linda Puckett. Everyone scampered down
the hill through the woods to Rodey’s Cemetery, where we dedicated the new
stones installed last year for Rodey’s son William and his wife Jane Hanby,
along with grandson Hardin and wife Ann Scales.
Back we went to town and the William Moore house, where Priscilla Rogers and
Louise Murphy had organized the catering of a delightful lunch buffet on the
back porch. It was then time to share our Moore family stories, with Cora
Hollingsworth Ferrara, sharing some of her most precious memories from her
family’s day in that wonderful old house. We also may have “solved” a question
of which descendants were pictured in the portraits on the wall in the parlor,
but the folks that preserve the house, may not be as excited as we were, since
they thought it was William Alfred Moore and his wife, Rachel Martin Moore. In
reality, the pictures are of their children. What fun it is to help them know
the treasures that they have there.
After all this “sleuthing” it was off to the Mayflower Restaurant with a private
dining room for our Reunion group, and our annual awards ceremony. Because of
their exceptional service on many matters of critical importance to the Family
this past year; we gave two distinguished service awards this year, to a
well-deserving Louise Murphy and Priscilla Rogers. Thank you Ladies, for your
never-ending dedication to our Family!
On Sunday morning, your Board met to attend to our Family Association business
matters, and here’s a brief summary of our activities and plans:
• Planning to incorporate the Association as a non-profit under the tax laws, so
that we can eventually take tax-deductible donations for our projects.
• Initiating the Journal once a year, now that Joyce et al can assist with this
• Continuing the website (www.RodehamMoore.com) that consistently gets hundreds
of hits per month.
• Moving toward requesting and placing two commemorative gravestone markers –
one in Dickson-Moore Cemetery in Mooresburg for John Moore, and the other in
Moore Cemetery in Bolivar, Missouri for Ewell Moore over the next 15 months.
• Working with Tennessee State Road authorities to protect Dickson-Moore
Cemetery from the widening of Highway 31.
• Notifying various genealogical libraries nationwide of the availability of
• Recruiting Clan chiefs for the family descendant lines.
• Developing Rodey Family crest novelty items (cups and caps) in time for next
• Publishing a membership directory and a lineage list/directory.
We set our next Reunion this fall for Mooresburg and are investigating the
possibility of holding the 2004 Reunion in Missouri.
Whew! What fun we had dreaming up and planning all these great ideas!
It’s that “Dues Time” of year again! Let me remind everyone that we dearly need
your annual dues payments of $25.00. It is only through this sustained
membership revenue that we can plan and carry out the exciting projects that we
want to undertake. Your $25 is critically important in helping to buy some of
the headstones, clean and fence the family graveyards, and provide for this
Newsletter. Remember too, we’ll be going to press soon with our first membership
directory, and only our paid members of record will be entitled to this useful
publication. Besides, without your financial support, we’d be hard-pressed to
continue to do all that we do, so please write and mail that dues check today!
Please don’t forget. We’re counting on you!
As I always say, “there is nothing more enriching than the love and concern of
Family. In good times and bad times, we’re always there for each other. Whether
we’re a distant cousin, or your parents, you should never forget that family
matters, and we need to nurture each other. Little else will seem so rewarding,
and our time together will be treasured by us all forever”. Hope to see you in Mooresburg this October! We’d all love to see you there!
With all our love and appreciation for your faith and trust in us,
Clint Moore, President