Hershell Varnell Moore
June 10, 1936 – May 17, 2020
Hershell Varnell Moore, age 83, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 17, 2020, from the effects of Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. He was born to Bamma Elizabeth Carroll Moore and Henry Sanford Moore on June 10, 1936 in Floyd County, Georgia. He was one of four sons and has one surviving brother, Emory Moore of Seneca, SC. “Vars,” as he was called by his family, friends and coworkers lived through the era of “Textile is King” in the south. Pepperell High School, his alma mater, was owned by the mill but also the mill offered him a co-op program that let him gain access to a college degree by working a quarter and attending school the next quarter. His “working quarter” also involved playing semi-pro baseball with the mill team and competing against other textile mill teams across a three state area. Vars attended West Georgia College and then transferred to his beloved Auburn University where he graduated with an industrial engineering degree in 1958. His further education came from the Executive Program of the Business School at UNC Chapel Hill, and the Executive Program at Stanford University. Immediately after graduating at Auburn, Vars was offered a job with Blue Bell, Inc., known for its major product, Wrangler Jeans. He was very proud to be known as a “rag man.” Over his career he moved his family through 5 states and even a stint in Brussels, Belgium. He was a man able to talk to anybody… and did… and very likely was his way of extending his lifelong pursuit of education. When he was transferred to Brussels, Belgium for a 4 year period, he was forced to leave the “talking” to somebody else since he only spoke in “Southern English.” He served at Wrangler in various senior management positions over his 32 years there. After leaving VF Corp, in 1993 Vars joined the Woolrich Company in PA as their President and CEO. He was the only non-family member ever to serve as CEO of the 160 year old company. He was married to the former Norma Walker Moore in 1958 and together they transferred away from and back to Greensboro five different times but always returning to First Baptist Church as members. He held many positions in the church and was very proud to be known as a family of faith as they moved from place to place. He has also been a member of Starmount Forest Country Club since 1970. He was a proud member of the Civitan Club in Tupelo, Mississippi and cooked up many a pot of fried catfish and hushpuppies for fundraising for the club. He served on the board of directors of Shadowline in NC and Oneita Corporation in SC, and also served on the board of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital for 12 years where the “rag man” met “medicine” in another stretch of education to understand that world. He served a number of years on the board of Auburn’s School of Human Sciences, starting a scholarship in his name to fund internships to the University branch in Arricci, Italy. Through the benevolence of Wrangler/VF, he was able to help the School of Human Sciences at UNC-G in obtaining sewing machines and other items in years past. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his daughter, Kathy Williams (John Williams) and son Michael Moore (Lynda Grace Moore). He is survived by grandchildren: Jessica Durante, Taylor Williams, Nathan Moore, Emily Kerr, Carson Williams, Ryenne Blake, and Gracen Blake, and also one great grandson, Eli Williams. No service is planned at this time because of Covid-19. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC (fbcgso.org), 1000 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27401. Psalm 107: “If you drew near the gates of death, too sick to eat or dress, and cried to God, who heard your voice and healed your distress, then sing with sounds of holy joy; God’s wondrous works profess.”
- First Baptist Church
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Dr Leon Holt
May 22, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Varnell certainly is fondly remembered by all who knew him. One of my favorite memories was about his time in Bentonville, AK, having breakfast with Sam Walton. What an experience! He loved baseball and once came in with a big arm-cast as a trophy from a game he was playing in. But all in all, he was one who 'got things done'. He took on big projects and brought them to successful conclusions. The world is better because he was here. And I was blessed to know him. I pray for God to comfort you all at this time. Sincerely Leon Holt
May 20, 2020
I was Blessed to know Vars as a wonderful neighbor. He was a terrific story teller and I enjoyed listening many times. He had a green thumb and grew a beautiful rose garden !
Such a very nice man -he will be missed greatly !
Thank you Vars for inspiring me!
Rest in Peace in heaven.
May 18, 2020
There were a number of visits to Varnell and Norma’s home in our earlier years when our children were little. But my fondest memory of them is December 28, 2019, at Matt and Emily’s wedding. It was a beautiful night in every way, and it would be hard to think of anyone that enjoyed the night more than Varnell. That’s the memory I will carry of him.
My love to Norma, Kathy, Mike, and all the family with prayers for comfort and peace in the days ahead. I love you all!
May 18, 2020
The father of my first Best Friend. Mr. Varnell was (and is now in our forever home) a great man! Among many warm memories, Mr. Varnell and Ms. Norma were very patient with me as a young teenager while I learned the rigors of playing doubles tennis on a clay court.
Paul says in Philippians that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, and that it is far, far, better to be present with the Lord. Ms. Norma, Mike, Kathy, and all your family .... you’re all on my prayer list. Surely will be great when we all get to our real home, and never have to say goodbye again!
May 18, 2020
Mr. Moore was a very special person and a wonderful man. I worked for him for several years and you could not ask for a nicer boss each and every day. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of his family and friends at this time. He will certainly be missed.
May 18, 2020
I remember Varnell from Blue Bell. He was always smiling and happy. He was a very smart man and he was one of the nicest people that I ever met. We never worked directly together, but he was in our department quite often. Very nice guy. My condolences to the family.
Yvette Del Pino
May 17, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family and especially the wife of Mr. Hershell Varnell Moore. May you be comforted during this time of grief, having lost your life partner of 63 years. May you know that our Creator is very well aware of your pain and sadness at this time. Your husband will be remembered by all who made contact with him. He must have left a warm impression on their hearts. Know that our lord and savior Jesus Christ has been authorized and empowered to resurrect mankind from the grave at the appointed time and for a certainty, this will be a reality. John 5:27, 29. Be assured that your family and friends will be there to comfort you and you will not be alone. In the meantime, reflect on the many memories that you shared with your dear husband throughout all those years. May you cherish them. Once again, sincere condolences.
Yvette del Puno