OBITUARY

Elmo Crawford Moore

July 17, 1931April 7, 2019

Elmo Crawford Moore, 87, of Tye, Texas passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 7, 2019 at Hendrick Medical Center.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 South. A graveside services will be held Wednesday April 10th at 10 a.m. at Tye Cemetery. Dr. Jeff Reid, Rev. Jim Ritter and Rev. Bill Murphy will officiate. A celebration of Elmo’s life will be held Wednesday, April 10th at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church, 701 S. Pioneer Drive. A reception will be held immediately following the service.

Elmo was born on July 17, 1931 in rural Taylor County to Aubrey and Remona Moore. He graduated from Abilene High School in 1948 and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from January 1951 to June 1952.

He married Betty Sue Wallace of Leuders, Texas on July 25, 1951. They were married for almost 52 years. At the conclusion of his time of service in the Marine Corps, the couple moved to Abilene, Texas where he was employed by McAlister Trucking Company for 22 years from 1953 to 1975. The couple moved to Tye, Texas to start Elmo Moore Trucking Company, an oil field service organization that moved oil well drilling rigs from location to location. Elmo sold his business and began retirement in 1987.

During his retirement years, Elmo took great joy in serving others in his community and the congregation at First Baptist Church Tye, where he became a member in 1947 and was ordained as a deacon in 1956.

Elmo loved operating heavy machinery. The more difficult the task, the more he loved it. And those working around him knew he would get the job done and get it done right. Elmo embodied a strong Christian character whose generous heart he shared with strangers and friends alike.

Elmo is survived by his two daughters Lisa McFall and husband David of Tye, Texas along with Karla Morris and husband David of Abilene, Texas; five grandchildren, Lindsey McFall Armstrong and husband Casey of Borger, Texas; Lance McFall and wife Kallie of Tye, Texas; Callie Morris Harris and husband Evan of Abilene, Texas; Betsy Morris Ambrose and husband Reed of Abilene, Texas; and Sarah Morris of Abilene, Texas; seven great grandchildren: Avery, Taos and Emma Armstrong; River McFall; Caroline and Clara Harris; and Graham Ambrose; and foster daughter Sharon Pollan and husband Robert of Clifton, Texas along with their children Kelley Jordan and Kaysey Pollan.

Elmo is also survived by his brother Jack Moore and wife Sara of Merkel, Texas; sister Mary Frances Smith and husband Orlin of Gatesville, Texas; sister Nancy Moore of Tye, Texas; and brother Paul Moore and wife Jo Ann of Tye, Texas as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Elmo was preceded in death by his wife Betty, and parents Remona and Aubrey Moore.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Lyndale Memory Care for the kind, compassionate care they gave Elmo over the last six months. Special thanks to Rachael Valfre, Lifestyles Director at Lyndale Memory Care, for the above and beyond compassion and love she gave to him.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made to the Tye Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 64, Tye, Texas 79563, or Operation Brown Bag providing meals to children in the Tye community c/o Tye City Hall, 205 North St., Tye, Texas 79563.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Graveside Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Elmo Crawford Moore

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Deana Sugarek

April 22, 2019

Lisa and Karla,
Mark sent your dad's obituary to me. I was with Ellen this week (newborn son) and Mother found out from Jimmye Walker that your dad had passed. I am sorry to hear this. I know you will miss him dearly and hope that your memories of his big smile and good nature will sustain you until you meet him again in Heaven.
I loved reading about him and learned things I did not know. I know Daddy always loved him and want you to know how meaningful it was to us for you both to bring him to Daddy's service. I wish I had known that Elmo died so I could have brought Mother and Jimmye to the service.
Your children, too, are blessed to have had such a great man and such a worthy example of a life well lived for Christ's sake.
May he enjoy the new life he now has and may you both find peace in that.
Deana

Toddi Beazley

April 10, 2019

Karla & Lisa, although I only knew your sweet Dad as a patient in Mark’s office, the visits we had during his appointments, are so very priceless to me! Reading his obituary & all these kind comments on this site, only make me wish I’d known him even more! I’ll never forget what he ‘named me’. He said “I’m gonna call you Maytag”. I said “Huh?? Maytag? Why?” He answered “Cause you’re an agitator!” I cherish this special little bond we had, even though it mostly consisted of repairing that ornery partial denture of his~hugs & prayers to you all in your time of grief. No doubt he will be missed!

Love, Toddi

Susan Williams

April 9, 2019

As a barber in the small town of Tye, I hear many things. I never heard one negative word about Elmo Moore.He was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. Anytime he was at the shop and someone came in who Elmo didn't know, he would introduce himself, start conversation, and in two minutes he'd made a new friend. Often, when paying for his haircut, he would pay for the next in line too. Whether he knew them or not. He will be so missed by not only his family, but by the entire community.

Laura Smith

April 8, 2019

Never an unkind word, always met with a smile. Such a blessing as an Uncle. So many memories going through my mind, hard to write. Lisa, Karla and extended family, you were blessed with a wonderful father and grandfather. From when I was little til the last time I spoke to him he called me"sugar foot". I am sure others were called the same, but I cherish that. And as an adult in church looking back to see my small son in the back pew with Uncle Elmo. When I asked Colten why he crawled under the pews to get to Uncle Elmo he stated "Cuz momma he crooked his finger at me and showed me the gum".... Thank you Lisa and Karla for sharing your dad.

Dee Anna Loftis

April 8, 2019

This picture was taken when Elmo was Best Man at mother and daddy’s (Riley and LaVoy Crawford) wedding November 23, 1951 I would just like to share this memory❤️ .

Lee Crawford

April 8, 2019

We loved Elmo so much. Such great memories we will never forget. My earliest memories of Elmo’s wit was at Paul Edwin’s wedding. They filled Paul’s car get away car with newspapers which allowed Elmo to hide himself in the back seat. Boy were they surprised to find there was a third passenger in the car.

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FROM THE FAMILY