Dwight Laymond Moody Jr.

December 26, 1929July 12, 2013

Dwight Laymond Moody Jr, 83, of Matthews, passed away on July 12, 2013. He was born on December 26, 1929 in La Crosse, VA, to the late Emma Burton and Dwight L. Moody Sr. Dwight served in the US Army 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War 1951-1953. He became a Methodist minister in the early 60’s, pastored several churches throughout NC and then in 1966, began chapel services at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church for 21 years.

Dwight was a pioneer in the Charlotte music industry. He and his wife Cathy founded the 51 year old Indie label Lamon Records in 1962, and soon after Lamon Studio of Music; offering music instruction to thousands of future musicians. A long standing member of the WBT Briarhoppers, he also played fiddle with his sons, The Moody Brothers, on their two Grammy Award nominated recordings.

He was the founder of the Mint Hill-Matthews Rotary Club and in 2012 received the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine”.

Dwight was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Lucille Moody. He is survived by his three sons; Carlton (Margie) Moody, David (Susan) Moody and Trent (Beth) Moody, his grandchildren; Jackson, Tess, Joshua, Rebecca, Maxwell, Harrison and Gabrielle, and siblings; Essie Bryce Moody and Kenneth Moody of La Crosse, VA.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church 6401 Hickory Grove Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to NC Korean War Veterans Association or The Fender Foundation in Dwight’s honor. Please visit his online memorial at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dwight Laymond Moody Jr.

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August 21, 2013

Carlton, David and Trent, we were so sorry to learn about the loss of your father. Although we did not know him, we know what a beautiful musical legacy he left through you boys. We heard your father's musical influence for the first time when you boys played for the Charlotte Friendship Force exchange to Brazil, and we can only imagine how proud your father must have been over the decades to see and hear you share his passion with the world. Just know that we are thinking about you and hoping that the music helps keep his spirit alive for you. Our sincere sympathy, Bob Halyburton and Cheryl Southworth, Fort Mill, SC

Chris Deal

July 22, 2013

To all of Mr. Moody's Family:

I only knew Mr. Moody for a short time, but in that time he became a great friend. He had figured out what was important in life, God and relationships. Every time we parted ways, he'd give me a big hug and tell me he loved me. He never failed in encouraging those around him, while we were impressed by what he was doing. He was a great lover of God, a man to be admired, and an outstanding musician. He'll be greatly missed.

John 14: 1-3

Chris Deal

David & Jan Sloop

July 21, 2013

Carlton, David and Trent
It was a real blession to have known your father. He was a great man and a real friend.We had many conversations with him. What great wisdom he had. He was truly a man of God. Our prayers are with your family at this time.May God be of comfort to you all at this time.

July 18, 2013

Carlton, David and Trent

I have known all of you and your family for over 30 years. I have thousands of memories of things we have done and all the jokes played and told. I want you know what your Dad has meant to all of the Wilson family. Many of these memories I will never forget. When my Dad was bed ridden, sick and couldn't tell if it was night or day, Mr. Moody would come over and visit. As soon as he walked in Dad would perk up and immediately would have to argue with him about something. They had a great time what a pick me up, friend and comfort Mr. Moody was to my Dad. We could always count on Mr. Moody getting whoever was in the house to circle up holding hands and leading us in prayer. Just as important we could count on him always having to go by the ever present candy dish Mom had in the dining room. My best and last memory of him was just about 7 weeks ago when Mom died. Your Dad could hardly walk carrying his oxygen tank going to the Cemetery where Mom was laid to rest. He felt bad and looked even worse but he was there. Comforting us in a way nobody could. Last is in 30 years that I knew him, he was so proud of his boys. Every time we got together you three and your families is all he could talk about. He loved all of you so much. I never heard him say an unkind or negative word about any of you or in fact about anyone else. My prayer for the last couple of days is thanking God for putting Dwight Moody in my life.


July 18, 2013

What a great guy. Always a happy smile and friendly demeanor. Our family worked with Dwight and his music company supplying instruments for beginning students. About 10 years ago I saw Dwight playing with the Briarhoppers at Freedom Park. I motioned him over to the side of the stage and said: "don't give up the day job!" Well he couldn't wait to get me back and 2 years later he visited Calvary church where I played sax in the praise team. After the service as I left the stage he grabbed my arm and with a huge grin said: "DON'T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB!" He'll be missed dearly but he's with Jesus and we'll see him again.
Dennis Howren (Fort Mill, SC)

July 17, 2013

Carlton, Margie and family, our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time,happy memories are all around you, cherish them ......... JENNY KEN LUKE ELOISE CHARLOTTE BURDEN (BAILLY ROMAINVILLIERS FRANCE)

Ken and Kathy Little

July 17, 2013

Carlton, David and Trent: We, along with Mom and Dad, would like for you to know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Allan Anderson

July 17, 2013

David, Trent, and Carlton:
So sad to learn about the
passing of your dad. Keep
the special moments each of
you shared with him, not just
as a family, but individually as well in the
forefront through the coming days.

Sandra and Charles Page

July 16, 2013

Charles,Mary and I have been fortunate to know Dwight as a teacher,a great fiddle player,a loving and supportive father to his sons,a loving caring husband to his wife and most of all a wonderful friend.

Marilyn MOOIJ

July 16, 2013

One more star up in the sky....It was a privilege to have known Dwight. He was a wonderful and loving person we will all miss dearly. All are thoughts are with his family in these difficult moments. May memories bring them comfort. Pieter and Marilyn Mooij (Magny-le-Hongre, France)