Summer Newsletter 2003
from President Dwight "Clint" Moore
Early September 2003 Letter from President Dwight "Clint" Moore
He is gone. Our Founding Father and most dedicated Moore Family member, Merle
Moore, has passed on to be with all our Moore Ancestors that have gone before
Merle was a bright shining light in the fog of history for so many of us.
Without his decades of dedication, persistence, and Herculean effort, we would
not know the richness and importance of our Moore family history. Yes, it is
true, he had help from others who shared his zeal and zest for the answers to
our family history, but Merle went above and beyond the call of family duty, and
made an effort that we may never see again by a single family member. To Grace
and his family, our hearts go out to them in this sad time, as they cope with
his loss and their continuance forward without him. I can only hope that they
will find some comfort in knowing how much we will also miss him so very, very
Perhaps, if there is one small joyous thought in our loss, it is knowing that
Merle now is with Rodey & Liz, and finally knows all the family ancestry back to
Adam & Eve. I can just imagine the twinkle in his eyes and the glee in his heart
knowing all that he knows now. If only he could share that new found knowledge
with us in this world. Alas, it is up to us to find those paths without him. We
must find inspiration in his example, and impart his dedication and share his
enthusiasm with the future Moore generations that will carry on his, and all our
legacies of this great American family. May Merle now rest, and may we find
renewed energy from the memory of his example in leading the family forward.
Thank God for Merle Moore.
To pay homage to Merle's passing, I have asked Bill "Whacker" Moore and Ross
Cameron to prepare remarks of tribute to Merle, that will be the feature of this
year's Reunion. We will also provide ample time for others to join in and tell
us of the joy and inspiration that Merle brought to their lives. Bring your
pictures, stories, and anecdotes, and let's truly celebrate the Life of Merle
Moore and all that he meant to us.
This Reunion will also mark the commemoration of the memorial stone for John
Moore, to be placed in the Dickson-Moore cemetery near mother Elizabeth and
brother Hugh. I'm sure all the John Moore descendants won't want to miss this
great event in the life of our family, as we continue with our important
memorial stone project, dedicated to place new granite stones on or near the
probable final resting places of Rodey, Liz, and all their children. Next year,
we hope to place a similar memorial stone for sons Ewell and possibly Gallahue,
in the Moore family cemetery in Bolivar, Missouri. Between now and then, we will
likely need some additional nourishment for our graveyard funds, which leads me
to my final thought for this column.
As a last request, I really need to urge you to be sure you renewed your
membership, so that you may help provide the essential funds for our graveyard
restoration and member communication efforts. Remember, membership dues ($25)
were due back in May for this 2003 year's efforts, so please fill out the
attached sheet and update us with your current contact information, especially
your e-mail address, and send your $25 check along as soon as possible. If you
can, please also try and sign up at least one additional family member, so we
can continue to grow, and bring them with you when you come to our reunion.
Please join us in Mooresburg, as we honor the memory our dear departed Founding
Father. Merle was such a treasure to us all, and it should be such an
unforgettable day in the life of our family. May we honor him with our presence
to celebrate him, his family, and his life's work. Follow the registration
instructions later in this newsletter or on the website, and plan to be with us
on October 18th, 2003 in Mooreburg, Tennessee.
Please be with us at this time of great remembrance,