George Elder Moore
May 31, 1926 – August 16, 2018
George Elder Moore, 92, of Paris, passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Brentwood Terrace Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18th, at English Cemetery in Red River County with Rev. Ken Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Moore, the son of Street Lawson & Carrie Leola Elder Moore, was born May 31, 1926, in Dallas. He served four years in the U. S. Navy during World War II on the SS 398 Segundo submarine as a machinist and gunner. The Segundo sank a Japanese transport ship with over 3000 Japanese soldiers on board near the end of the war. George worked forty-five years for Texas Power & Light running the power plant at Talco, Texas. He loved guns and served as treasurer for the Paris Skeet & Trap Club for forty years. He was an avid Browning Over & Under shotgun collector. In 1991, he won the 28 gauge Texas Championship Skeet Shoot in Waco by breaking 99 straight and 24 doubles. In 1991, he won the National 12 Gauge Senior World Skeet Championship in Savanna, GA by breaking 446 targets in a row. George has been featured in The Paris News on several occasions. He leaves behind many loving friends at the Paris Gun & Skeet Club. He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Clarksville from 1957 – 1965, and at First Baptist Church in Paris from 1965 – 2003. In 1946, he married Mary Fleming Bailey after church in Clarksville, and they immediately left on a bus for San Diego to serve in the U. S. Navy during World War II. Mary preceded him in death in 2003. He is also preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Michael Hutchins and a sister, Virginia Bowers. Survivors include three children; Tessa DeVance & husband Robert of Allen, Vicky Renfro of Reno and Cherry Somers & husband Jim of Hot Springs Village, AR, four grandchildren; Brandon Hutchins & wife Jennifer of San Marcos, Clint Hutchins & wife Amber of Paris, Matthew DeVance & wife Dana of Dallas and Kristi K. Pratt & husband Stewart of Billings, MT, six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.
- Visitation Friday, August 17, 2018
- Graveside Service with Military Honors Saturday, August 18, 2018
George Elder Moore
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Holly Heard Bauschka
August 17, 2018
George Moore was probably the most honest human being I have ever known. He was the epitome of a kind and nonjudgmental man. He was gentle and generous. He was funny, mischievous, and a master of the tongue-in-cheek slight! He was incredibly intelligent, and he could put you in your place and you wouldn't realize it for several hours. I remember him, in one candid conversation, sweetly commenting that I had probably missed an excellent opportunity to keep my mouth shut. When I needed a sounding board, he was the picture of an objective listener, but he would give advice only if I directly requested it of him, because he had absolutely no egotistical need to unduly exert his personal influence. He was a ferocious competitor in skeet shooting, and a world champion, but he was truly a hoot and a joy to shoot with. I think that's a portrait of a well balanced person.
That was what I learned from him: what a well balanced person looks like. Keeping the wheels out of the ditches is a matter of one's state of mind, of letting things go and letting them be, of forgiving and forgetting if we need to, to be happy. He taught me by example that my happiness is my responsibility and no one else's. I met him late in his life, when he was already 84, and I thank God that I did. Our friendship was a bright light in a dark passage of my life. He could always make me laugh. Whenever I think of him, I smile. And, I will always think of him.
I love you dearly, George. Say hello to your sweet Mary for me. I'm glad you are together again, and I'll see you later. HB
August 17, 2018
George Moore got me started shooting skeet at Paris Skeet & Trap Club in the mid-1980's. He also started me down the rocky road of reloading shotgun shells. George was always willing to share his knowledge and encourage me to improve. He would sell you a shotgun in a heart beat! George was a gentleman and a fine friend. I'll miss him.