Robert S. Moore Sr., MD

September 7, 1936July 13, 2021

Robert Saylor Moore, Sr., MD, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and physician, died July 13, 2021 surrounded by his children. He lived his entire life in the 37919 zip code with only three exceptions. First, he attended summer school in Cookeville, Tennessee at Tennessee Tech. There he met a wisp of a woman with a movie star smile named Doris Jean Fraser. They married a year later while he was in medical school in Memphis. He also lived in Atlanta, Georgia while working toward certification by the American Board of Radiology. The Moore family settled in Knoxville, and Dr. Moore devoted decades of care to patients in his work with Fort Sanders Radiology and Vista Radiology. As an individual with deep attachments to personal and regional history, practicing at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital was especially satisfying to him. His children mourn the loss of a father who was never too tired or busy to welcome each with a smile, and who knew and loved them so deeply that he made each feel like his favorite.

Robert was born at what was then Fort Sanders Hospital to Elizabeth Saylor Moore and John David Moore, Sr., MD, and attended Sequoyah Elementary, Tyson Junior High and West High schools. He formed lifelong friendships at school and with fellow Boy Scouts. He graduated from the University of Tennessee where he was active in Phi Gamma Delta, and then from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Robert loved to travel, especially on any form of water and in all kinds of crafts. He did so throughout his life, first in the company of his parents, siblings, and school friends. Later, he did so with his wife, children, and other couples. He had adventures on every continent, including Antarctica, and he was always ready to try (not always like!) foods that were new to him.

In addition to travel, Robert loved to care for things and for people. He delighted in fixing broken or worn-out parts and adhering to regular maintenance schedules. If he could do so while sending a loved one off on a trip (or better) welcoming them home, he was even happier. And, while he did, he would invariably share some tidbit of information gleaned from a life fueled by curiosity. His powers of recall were prodigious, whether for the faces of those he met or for the wide-ranging knowledge he gathered.

Robert demonstrated his deep capacity for constancy, steadfastness, and faithfulness most clearly in his gentle, meticulous, and literally round-the-clock care for his beloved wife of 62 years, Doris Jean, who was beset by dementia several years ago. In addition to Doris Jean, Robert is survived by his sister Dorothy Hyder, children, Shari Dorman (Marshall), Robert Moore, Jr. (Ann Sartwell), and Laura McBrayer (Brett); grandchildren Hali Moreno (Ben), Clayton, Maloy and Sofi Dorman, Dora Siebold (Logan), Rebekah, James, John and Luke McBrayer; and great grandchildren Evie Moreno and Saylor Siebold. He was preceded in death by beloved grandchildren Elizabeth McBrayer and Matthew Moore, sister Marion McCroskey, brother John D. Moore, Jr., and his parents.

A funeral service will be held on July 21 at Central United Methodist Church, 201 E. Third Avenue, the community where Robert began and ended his earthly journey as a disciple of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Elsabet Initiative at or to Central United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors between 5:30 and 7:00, followed by the service. Graveside service will be at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 5315 Kingston Pike, at 11:00 on July 22.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 22, 2021


Robert S. Moore Sr., MD

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Kelly Johnston

July 23, 2021

Robert ole Robert! There's so many things a person could say about you! Your kind heart and thoughtful soul will be greatly missed! The 25 plus years I've known you you have given me alot of great tips! One of which I just remembered this past week helping a girl jump start her car! Leave yours off he said! The only man to wear leather gloves in 100 degrees! Always caring for his " little bride" loving his kids faithfully! Always kind to everyone but could also feel free to say a few choice words when needed! I will miss you dearly even when you laughed when I said you have to make it to 100! Those who knew you close knew you well and I can say is bye now...❤

Cliff Ford

July 19, 2021

I was privileged to have known Dr. Moore for many years. He embodied all of the fine qualities a person can have. For him these qualities came naturally. He made life better for everyone around him. He will be sadly missed but everyone who knew him knows he is O.K. and in a wonderful place.

Joni Haverly-Dunn

July 18, 2021

I remember how he used to cup his ear to hear what I was saying. He was always smiling and sharing corny jokes😂. Such an intelligent and kind soul!

Jeannine Siebold

July 17, 2021

Such a wonderful, compassionate man. It was my fortune to meet Robert Sr. when my son Logan joined the Moore family. I felt like I got to know Robert Sr. a life time ago as he always took a special interest in listening and paying special attention to you. We will all feel his absence because of his warmth and kindness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Love Jeannine and family ❤️🫂

Alan Cheatham

July 16, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss.

I have some great memories of Dr. Moore Sr. First time I met him was when I was having some medical test - the doctor who was supposed to do it was running late so I was told another dr would be performing the test - I didn't catch his name. The doctor came in and said "I see your primary physician is Dr Moore in Seymour - how do you feel about him? " I told him I really liked Dr Moore but he looked too young to be a dr. He laughed out loud and revealed he was your father.

When I was on coffee duty at church I enjoyed talking with your dad. Found out he was not too fond of coffee. He told me it always reminded him of organic chemistry - he didn't like organic chemistry so he always drank coffee to stay alert in class! Still had that association for many years.

Always will cherish a memory at CUMC. Richard Taylor had something occur during a church luncheon - I can still recall you and your dad sitting on the bench near the entrance - you two with Richard in the middle. You were both calming Richard and seeing to his needs. I knew Richard could not have been under any better care.

Prayers lifted for you and your family.