Walter Taylor Moore, III

June 24, 1939February 16, 2018
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Walter Taylor Moore, III, 78, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at his home in Hartwell, GA. Taylor was born June 24, 1939 at Johnston’s Hospital in Tallahassee, FL to Walter Taylor Moore, Jr. and Elmo Munn Moore.

Taylor was diagnosed with lung cancer in July of 2016 and addressed all his related health issues with his characteristic intelligence, good humor and attention to detail. With the addition of immunotherapy treatments, and the unwavering attention and support of his daughters and their families, he was able to resume a meaningful and rewarding life. On the day of his death he played seven holes of golf and ate lunch at Bojangles. (Fried chicken was a staple).

Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, his son John Carlton Moore (Taylor’s death was on John’s birthday), and his wife, Freda White. He is survived by his two daughters, Deborah Moore Carlisle (Steve) Woodstock, GA, and Angela Moore Matthiessen, (Britt) Punta Gorda, FL; two grandsons, John Stephen Carlisle (Stephanie) Woodstock, GA and Jeremy Taylor Carlisle, Atlanta, GA; one granddaughter, Leah Marie Matthiessen; two brothers, Edgar Moore, Sr. (Carol) and Robbie Moore both of Tallahassee, FL; the mother of his children, Betty Lou Troxler Meyer (Don), Jacksonville, FL; many nephews, nieces and cousins; and his beloved dogs, Eli and Buddy.

Taylor graduated from Leon High School in 1957 and cherished his relationship with class members which continued until his death, including attending his 60th high school reunion this past October. After Leon, Taylor attended the University of Florida where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. During his second year, he developed mononucleosis, dropped out of school and upon recovery enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving six months active duty and seven and one-half years of reserve duty. He then attended Florida State University, married Betty Lou Troxler, and received his degree in Accounting. After passing the accounting exam on his first sitting, he worked for a year for Wallis Walker, Sr. CPA and after receiving his CPA certificate began Law School at the University of Florida, graduating in 1965. He returned to Tallahassee and began his legal career with his father, Judge Walter Moore and brother, Ed Moore.

Taylor’s legal and accounting career was full of wonderful clients, law partners, friends and a wide variety of issues and causes. Also active in the community, he was an early member of the Leon County Republican Party and ran for the House of Representatives twice with passion and enthusiasm. Taylor was nominated by former Governor Leroy Collins to be the founding President of the Governor’s Club of Tallahassee and served as general counsel to the Downtown Improvement Authority for 33 years. He was an active member of a number of other social and community organizations such as the Committee of 100, the Colonels Club and the Exchange Club where he served as President. He loved serving in leadership and volunteer roles for each of these organizations.

One of Taylor’s abiding passions was the “Coast” which began in the 1940’s at St. Teresa and flourished at his home on Alligator Point, the “Gator Den”. He was affectionately known for many years as the “Mayor” of Alligator Point and had special memories of his girls and their families at the Point. Taylor loved his country, was very patriotic and almost always cried when he heard the National Anthem being sung. Most of all, he loved his family, the Gators, the coast, reading, his Leon classmates, his many friends and his dogs. He is loved dearly and will be missed by all.

A reception will be held at 1PM on Friday, February, 23, 2018 at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home (700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL) with the service to follow at 2PM. The burial, also held at MeadowWood Memorial park will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to WT Moore Elementary School library (named after Taylor’s father) for promotion of early reading and access to books. WT Moore Elementary School, 1706 Dempsey Mayo Rd, Tallahassee, FL32308.


  • Reception Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 23, 2018

Walter Taylor Moore, III

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Jan Soto

February 24, 2018

My sincere Sympathy and Regret that the
family and friends have lost such a great
Man; Taylor was so nice and kind to everyone
I enjoyed the Moore's as a tenant when I was leading the downtown first high rise
office building on S. Calhoun.....

Culley's MeadowWood

February 22, 2018

Our deepest codolences to the Moore family .
Your Culley's family .

Marilyn Larson

February 22, 2018

I am saddened to hear of Taylor's death. He served as Downtown Improvement Authority attorney during my term as Director. He always offered sage advice, whether legal or financial. He was one of the Tallahassee community's 'great people'. May you find peace in the memories you have.

February 22, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

cherie Harmon

February 22, 2018

Deb and Angie, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. Maybe you can find some solace in the fact that he had a very full life, and was doing one of the things he loved best, playing golf, right up to the very end. We love you and if you need anything, we are here for you. God bless you! CherieHarmon

Betty Rucker

February 20, 2018

Dear Angie and Debbie, thank you for opportunity to take care of your father. He touched the hearts ❤ of everyone around him. My prayers are with you and your family

Stephanie Fuller

February 20, 2018

I had the most wonderful pleasure of caring for Taylor for awhile and was able to watch him fight to get better. He was such a smart and amazing man who loved his family to no end. I will truly miss him and will cherish my memories.

Nina McLeod

February 20, 2018's the rest of my msg. I found losing both Roy and Kevin in three years, the only thing I can say is, I'm just so sorry. I do know, in spite of the heartache you feel, God is good. Hold on to your faith. The sun will come again in the morning, and yes, like I many memories!,

Dave Ridarick

February 20, 2018

So sorry, Debbie and Angie. It seemed like he was getting better every day. I know both of you will miss him a lot. God bless you and your families!

Nina McLeod

February 20, 2018

Angie and Debbie, oh many memories! I