OBITUARY

Walter Thomas Moody III

November 5, 1938February 21, 2019

Walter Thomas Moody, III died peacefully at home on February 21, 2019.

The only child of Walter Thomas, Jr. and Dorothy Wilder Moody (who preceded him in death), Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary MacGregor Moody, daughter Bland Moody DeShong (David) of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter Dottie Moody Clendenin of Orlando, Florida, and son Walter Thomas Moody, IV (Allyson) of Macon, Georgia. He is also survived by his six grandsons: Jay and Tommy DeShong, George and Charlie Clendenin, and Walter and Barrett Moody. The family wishes to thank his caregivers Eva Kirkpatrick and Jack Shelley.

Tom Moody was an avid gardener and fisherman. He was a dapper dresser with an infectious smile and laugh. Often, he could be spotted around town sporting one of his signature bow ties. Born in Macon, Georgia on November 5, 1938, Tom graduated Lanier High School in 1957 and the University of Georgia in 1961. He was a proud member and alumni of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. His ROTC training led to a rewarding 23 years of service (as active and reserve) in the United States Army. After active duty, Tom resumed his banking career with First National Bank in Atlanta. He returned to Macon in the summer of 1972.

Tom served as the Executive Director of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority for 30 years. During that time, he worked with a team who brought YKK, Brown and Williamson, and Geico to Middle Georgia. Tom generously volunteered with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Hay House, Cannonball House, Middle Georgia Council on Drugs and the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of Macon Downtown Rotary Club, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Idle Hour Country Club. Mr. Moody was a founding member and Chairman of the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate his life on Monday, February 25. The interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life memorial service at First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside Cemetery Conservancy, 66 Madison Street, Macon 31201 or Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry Street, Macon 31201, or Pine Point Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, 31210.

Visit www.snowscs.com to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary MacGregor Moody, daughter Bland Moody DeShong (David) of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter Dottie Moody Clendenin of Orlando, Florida, and son Walter Thomas Moody, IV (Allyson) of Macon, Georgia. He is also survived by his six grandsons: Jay and Tommy DeShong, George and Charlie Clendenin, and Walter and Barrett Moody.
  • DONATIONS

  • Pine Pointe Hospice
  • Riverside Cemetery Conservancy
  • Cannonball House

Services

  • Graveside Service (Prior to Memorial Service at 2:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church) Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Monday, February 25, 2019
REMEMBERING

Walter Thomas Moody III

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Joe Smaha

February 24, 2019

Tom Moody has the perfect physique to wear a military uniform. Starting with our Jr. ROTC at Lanier High School during the years 1954-56, Tom was awarded the honor of being named the “Neatest Cadet”Award most of the time.

He was hard to beat as he rarely had an out of place pleat or wrinkle in his uniform. He must have had the best tailor in Macon. Looking good in those wool Army uniforms was almost impossible and even more impossible with the cotton Kaki uniforms, yet Tom kept winning the award no matter how I and other cadets tried to win the award, Tom just kept on WINNING IT. Joe Smaha

Betty and Ernest McWilliams

February 24, 2019

We send love and prayers to the Moody family.
A good friend at First Presbyterian.
He will be missed.
Betty and Mac


David and Martha Carter

February 24, 2019

Tom was a Super friend. Always happy with a great smile and greeting. We worked many projects together and no person matches his great personality in getting new and great projects to come ,live , and work in Macon, Georgia.
He was deeply involved in YKK, Brown and Williamson, Geico, , and other great companies coming to Macon. I worked closely as Appropriations Chairman, Council President , and Mayor with Tom and he was the best.
Tom was also a good family friend to Martha and myself.
He will be greatly missed by all of his many friends and family.
David and Martha Carter

Jane Bruce Wilder

February 23, 2019

I have many fond memories of my cousin Tom, affectionately known as Butch, as we grew up in Macon and Mobile. He taught me how to ride the Flexi and how to roller skate. Believe me, we both had our share of skinned knees and elbows. Once when Mother Hattie, our grandmother, told him to do something, he made the mistake of making a face. She made him sit on the front porch and make faces for an hour. Fortunately, none of them froze. I remember every afternoon when I was visiting in Macon, we'd go to the hill to watch for the train that ran from Atlanta to Macon. When it went by, we were expected to go straight home because it would have been dark then. Sometimes we did, sometimes we didn't. Of course, Tom visited Mobile too. One summer, we had a goat named Billy (What else?). I heard screaming. Billy was madly chasing Tom, who was running as fast as he could. Tom was saved only because I held the door open for him. I never let him forget it. Tom loved the springtime azaleas in Mobile and told me when we talked last, about two months ago, that he hoped to see them again. I'm sorry that didn't happen. They're beautiful this year, Butch. I love you. Rest in peace. Bruce

Chet Lowe

February 23, 2019

Tom was a classmate and close friend. He will be missed by many, and his bow ties will stand out in Heaven, as they did here on Earth..

Mechel McKinley-Hoffman

February 22, 2019

Sending love to your family.

David Richardson

February 22, 2019

Through out our years at Lanier High School, where I first got to know Tom, we shared many happy experiences and we had remained close friends throughout our professional careers. I was saddened to learn of Tom’s death and I know his many friends join me expressing our condolences to his family. Tom will be missed and remembered by many.

Patti Chapman

February 21, 2019

What a wonderful man has been welcomed into heaven. I first met Tom when he was head of the Macon Industrial Authority. He was often at luncheons and dinners at Brown and Williamson as Macon's best ambassador! He was heralded as bringing many industries to Macon with his vivacious personality and dogged tenacity. He was admired by his many peers and community leaders and we just adored him and appreciated his success and achievements in our community. Tom, always dapper and enthusiastic will be greatly missed. Peace and prayers to the Moody family 💙 Patti Chapman

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY