Walter Goos Moeling IV
February 16, 1943 – March 4, 2019
Walter G. Moeling IV, beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home in Brookhaven, Georgia on March 4, 2019.
Walt was born in Quantico, Virginia, on February 16, 1943 to Dorothy Tritle Moeling, originally of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Walter G. Moeling, III, also of Philadelphia and a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient. After the War, the Moeling family settled in Hillwood, Alabama to build the family’s lumber business, Sterling Lumber Company. When Walt was in elementary school, the family moved to Goodwater, Alabama and then ultimately settled in nearby Alexander City when Walt was in Middle School. That same year, Walt took Nell Askew on their first date, to the school’s Halloween carnival, beginning a young romance that ultimately blossomed into fifty-three years of marriage.
Walt attended Duke University on a football scholarship, and went on to earn his JD from Duke in 1968 (becoming the ultimate Blue Devils fan). After graduation, he and Nell, with their newborn son, Chuck, moved to Atlanta, where Walt began his 50-year career in banking law at then Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy and where Walt and Nell grew a remarkable and diverse community of friends. Walt’s banking clients valued him not only for his extraordinary intellect and keen legal skills but also for his terrific wit, good humor, work ethic, and easy, Southern manner. These same skills earned him a litany of honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fulton County Daily Report. Walt also shared his skills with the community, whether through work with many charities, where he particularly cherished his long service on the Board of Directors for the Frazer Center, or through his unbridled enthusiasm to network with others to help further their causes.
Throughout his successful career, Walt’s focus on his family and friends never wavered. He was always present, a dedicated husband to Nell, with whom he shared many hobbies, such as fishing, golf, bridge, and SCUBA diving and snorkeling, and a travel companion to family and friends (including recent trips to Italy, Egypt and Tanzania with Nell, to Washington D.C. with his grandsons, and many trips with friends such as the Ochos). He was also a committed and involved father to his children, Chuck and Chris, and welcomed their spouses, Heide and Doug, into his family with warmth and enthusiasm. His adoration and affection for his four grandsons was obvious, and he played an instrumental and influential role in each of their lives. He called them “The Four Dragons” and they looked to their grandfather as a constant source of love and guidance. We will all miss him beyond words and will carry his love in our hearts each and every day.
Walt is survived by his wife, Nell, his children, Chuck (Heide) and Chris (Doug), his sister, Ann, his grandchildren CJ and Robert Moeling and Justin and Tyler Morgan, and his niece, Tracy Askew Meyers and nephews Ben, Lex and Mike Askew.
The family will hold a Visitation from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm followed by a Memorial Service and Reception at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at H.M. Patterson & Son - Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319.
Memorials in Walt’s honor may be made to the Frazer Center (1815 S. Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307) or to the Winship Cancer Institute (https://winshipcancer.emory.edu/support-winship/give/memorial-gifts.html or by mail at 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30322). The family extends its sincerest thanks to the incredible medical team that supported Walt and our family throughout this journey.
1815 S. Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307
- Winship Cancer Institute
- Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Memorial Service Sunday, March 10, 2019
- Reception Sunday, March 10, 2019
Walter Goos Moeling IV
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March 10, 2019
Walt was a great person in so many ways, professional and personal. I had the privilege of knowing him for over 30 years, as one of his many community banker clients and a friend. He will be greatly missed. God bless Walt and his family.
March 9, 2019
I have never met a more admired and respected man in my life than Walter G. Moeling IV. I was honored to work for Walt for 16 of my 30 years at Powell Goldstein. He was a beloved mentor and friend to all. A great storyteller. I could never have asked for a more perfect boss. He was considerate and appreciative, generous with praise for a job well done, and never blamed me for my mistakes. He never minded if I was late in the morning, took a long lunch or that I went on a 3-week European music tour! He once took the time to listen to one of the Atlanta Wind Symphony's live-streamed Patriotic Concerts and was quite surprised to see the talent of the musicians I played with. When all of the piccolo players stood at the end to play Stars & Stripes Forever, he told me it brought tears to his eyes and that he was so proud of me! We both retired 2 years ago but I thought of him often. A true southern gentleman. I will miss him.
My deepest sympathies to Nell, Chuck and Chris and your extended families. Sue 💔😥
Amber (Nash) Hall
March 8, 2019
Walt was AMAZING. A mentor, a teacher, a friend. Who knew the blessing God had in store for me when I started in the Powell Goldstein banking group in 2005. I was so blessed to have had such a wonderful man and strong leader at the beginning of my career. He taught me that integrity matters. Relationships matter. There’s more to this lawyer thing than the dollars and documents, there is connection. You were our fearless leader, doing great work and leaving a legacy that stretched beyond the walls of PoGo. We — all of your students — carry your lessons with us as we move forward in our careers. You will be missed Walt. Thank you so much for being an amazing teacher!!
March 8, 2019
Walt was my second legal mentor, and a great one. He liked to put on the Alex City drawl, and when he thought opposing counsel had him figured as a slow-talking, slow-thinking, Southern lawyer, he knew he had 'em where he wanted 'em. He taught me about the 'staked goat' and misdirection ploys of negotiation. We were probably the first firm outside of NYC to handle a syndicated credit transaction in the mid-1980s, and spent a portion of the rest of our respective careers doing high-end transactional work at lower Atlanta rates. But most importantly, Walt was a gentleman and a good man, caring about me and my family; Nell taught my daughters how to swim at the Moeling pool. Godspeed, Walt, as you slip the surly bonds of earth and touch the face of God.
March 8, 2019
I am so sad to hear of Walt’s passing. I always enjoyed having him speak at CBA of GA events. He had a great sense of humor and the Bankers always enjoyed his remarks. I will never forget his kindness to me. My sincere condolences to his family! Jodi
March 7, 2019
I had the privilege of working at Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy for 34 years... through my friends who worked with Walt I got to know him well. One of the most honest, genuine, happy, and superior lawyers at the Firm.. a true honor to have known him....often brought Nell to our Firn Craft Shows that meant so much to me. So saddened to hear of his passing, Rest In Peace my friend.. one day we’ll have a “Pogo Reunion”. won’t that be a most special occasion. Bless. Walt’s family and friends. Sincerely, Betsey BROCK, retired and living in Johnson City TN.
March 7, 2019
Another significant person from my childhood is gone, Walt Moeling. He was my mom’s boss for many years. He was the titan of the Banking and Finance legal industry. I saw him at the end of January and was thrilled to see him. I got to hear him speak about his wonderful paralegal, Jeannie, that day and Walt told some wonderful stories that made the whole room laugh. When Jeannie spoke, she said she had worked at the firm so long, it was “pretty much Powell, Goldstein and Walt.” Before he left that day, I hugged him 3 times and I was so happy to see him that I almost started to cry. Walt said he was “tickled pink” when he knew I would be working for the same group in which mom worked so many years ago. Walt also said, “I hope you can bring to this group what your mother did.” I remember staying at his cabin in Lake Martin, Alabama. I still have a bunny rabbit statue he gave to my mother as a job anniversary gift. In addition to being a brilliant man, Walt was funny and very kind. He cared about everyone he worked with, on a personal level and a professional level. When I saw Walt, he had a big smile on his face and gave me hugs that were so loving, I will not forget them. Walt is no longer physically with us but his spirit and legacy will live on forever.
Judy and Jerry Domescik
March 7, 2019
A very special guy was ‘Wink’. His wit and his good nature was always there with a smile. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, but we know that he is now at peace in the loving arms of God.
Judy and Jerry
March 7, 2019
I had the privilege of being Walt's secretary for 13 years at Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy and I admired him tremendously. He never failed to be kind, humorous, and understanding. I have a heavy heart because of his passing, and I extend deepest condolences to Nell, Chuck and Chris, and friends.
March 6, 2019
I was so saddened to learn of Walt's passing and extend my deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.