James Donald "Jim" Moorhead MCPO, USN Ret.

11 April, 19331 April, 2021

James Donald “Jim” Moorhead, MCPO, USN Ret., passed away the 1st of April 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born to the late Edna I. Shackelford Moorhead and Harry G. Moorhead on April 11, 1933 in Fairmont, WV. Upon graduating with the Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1951, he enlisted and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. A 26-year veteran actively participating in the Korean conflict, the Cuban Missile Crisis Blockade, three tours to Vietnam and several challenging assignments. He retired from active duty in 1977 as the Carrier Air Wing Three Maintenance Master Chief embarked in USS Saratoga CV-60. His desire to further serve his country led him to pursue a civil service career as a Tactical Aircraft Inventory and Configuration Manager, retiring from the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Commodore’s staff upon the BRAC 1999 closure of NAS Cecil Field, FL. A patriot, who loved God and country, was a member of American Legion Post #137, VFW Post #7909, Fleet Reserve Association MAL and Moose Lodge #2020.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty J. Ausum- Moorhead, step-daughter Karen (John) Ausum, step-sons Scott (Sheila) Ausum, Craig (Sabrina) Ausum and last but not least #1 son James D. (Gale) Moorhead II.

A viewing will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 7th, 2020 and funeral service at 11:00am at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville followed by interment with full Military Honors in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Please visit to leave words of comfort for the family. Arrangements under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207, (904)-737-7171.



  • Visitation

    Wednesday, 7 April , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, 7 April , 2021


  • Interment with Military Honors


James Donald "Jim" Moorhead MCPO, USN Ret.

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Thomas Miller

9 April 2021

Jim and I talked almost every morning my last 3 years - he with his Mickey D's biscuit and me with coffee. I had gotten to know Jim well during my tour at CLAW-1/CSFWL from 1989 -1992. His knowledge of how things were done on the Cecil flight line were unparalleled. I made several ILSMT meetings with him and if you kept your mouth shut and ears open you could learn a ton. I was honored and humbled to follow him at the Wing as the ISR/Inventory Manager - I was also scared to death - how do follow a l real, honest to God legend? It was a privilege to sit in the same chair he sat in and I will be forever grateful he had the confidence in me to do it. Farewell Shipmate.
With the greatest respect , AVCM Tom Miller (RET)

John Sutherland

6 April 2021

Betty and family, I was fortunate to work with Jim at CLAW-1/Strike Fighter Wing from Oct ‘93 to ‘Oct ‘96. Jim was the keystone of our maintenance and logistical support efforts for over 180 different Navy aircraft. His knowledge, initiative, concern and genuine patriotism ensured we met every commitment and deployment. In all my years of service, I met just a few like our Jim. The Best of the Best. A mentor, confidant, and Sailor’s Sailor, Jim’s legacy will persist in the lives of those he nurtured, counseled, and led. Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate! Save a seat for me at that Airwing Roll Call in the Heavens!

Scott Ausum

5 April 2021

My stepfather, known to me as Jim, was a big help to me in my adult life. Jim was good with tools, and I think he had at least 1 of every tool in the World. 😃 As a young homeowner, Jim helped me understand what it took to maintain a home. And when things broke, Jim was a valuable resource of how-to information (this was before YouTube). He would often offer a helping hand. One fond memory I have of Jim is how he would tighten screws super tight. So when any of us were to tighten a screw, we would say “Jim it!”.

Thank you Jim for deeply loving our Mom, and for taking such good care of her. Rest easy as we’ve got it from here. 🙏

We will miss you. Love, Scott ❤️

Kenneth Boddie

5 April 2021

I like many others work with Mr. Moorhead while doing my tour of duty at CSFWL... As a young AOC then AOCS I always found it to be an honor and privilege to spend that occasional Friday after noon manning the front desk learning the fine art of running the Wing with Mr. Moorhead.... Little did I know but I was learning from a true living legion !!! RIP Mr. Moorhead and know that I passed it on like you did to me... AOCM (Retired) Kenny Boddie

Sheila Ausum

3 April 2021

I met the guy on the left by marrying the guy on the right (Jim's step-son, Scott). :) James D. Moorhead has been my father-in-law for 35 years and he's been a really good one! So many nice memories... Thanksgivings, Christmases, Birthday dinners, etc., you know, the usual. My favorites though, are the many, many times we spent talking politics and football... he wouldn't admit it, but, I think he kinda' liked my fiery sassiness, ha ha... and fixing his computers, (he loved his 'fighter jet' mouse cursor so much, that he called me 'amazing' when I finally got it to work again, ha ha). So many memories.... Rest easy now Jim, your life was well-lived and I promise we will continue taking good care of Betty. I love you.... your daughter-in-law, Sheila xoxo

Scott Ausum II

2 April 2021

One of my fondest memories of my Grandpa Jim was the time he helped me with a school project. It was an assignment to interview a military veteran, and I knew right away who I would turn to. We spent time together and he answered all of my questions. It was both inspiring and educational, and allowed me to learn more about him and his journey. I’ll always admire my Grandpa Jim for his dedication in life and for what he has meant to our family. May he Rest In Peace.

Thomas Ball

2 April 2021

Unfortunately, I did not meet Jim for the first time until he had a (ret) after his rating. That not withstanding, his mentor ship contributed greatly to my making CPO and LDO. Always a kind word and an offer of sage advise. Much respect and love for that great American and wonderful human. Rest easy Master Chief, we have the watch.

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