1920 Fred Clinton 2015

Fred Clinton Moore

March 26, 1920 — January 11, 2015

The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces Funeral Services for Mr. Fred Clinton Moore, better known as "Clinton", who passed away on January 11, 2015. Almost 95 years old, he was a direct descendant of John C. Moore, the first white man to settle in what is now Clay County, NC. Clinton was born on March 26, 1920, in Cherokee County, NC, the son of Robert Moore & Gertrude Bryson Moore.

Clinton began doing tunnel construction work when dam building began in Western North Carolina and helped build the diversion tunnels at Fontana Dam. Clinton married Edith Smiley of Bryson City, NC on May 16, 1941 in Blairsville, Georgia and was drafted into the Navy in 1943. He sailed on the maiden voyage of the USS Intrepid until WWII ended. Clinton and his ship survived several suicide plane attacks as well as several torpedo hits. On one occasion he was trapped below deck while fires raged on the aircraft carrier. He received many military ribbons and recently was the recipient of the Quilt of Valor.

After the war, Clinton worked briefly for the REA in Towns County then returned to tunnel work, until being injured in an explosion losing the sight of his right eye. After that, he came to his mother's farm in Towns County and became a chicken farmer and well known beekeeper, teaching the art of beekeeping to many others in the area. Clinton was a Deacon of Old Brasstown Church and only recently retired from his position as Sunday School Teacher there.

Clinton was preceded in death by his wife, Edith May (Smiley) Moore; his parents; two brothers, Wilbur & Dee Moore; sister, Sarah Moore Gough; nephews, Christopher, Moore, Phillip Moore and Bobby Moore; and great nephew, James Robert Moore. He is survived by daughters, Patsy Moore Chastain and Janice Moore of Towns County; brothers, J.C. Moore and Larry Moore of North Carolina; nieces, Gayla Moore & Melody Moore; niece, Peggy Moore Greg and her husband, Don Gregg of Towns County and their son, Keith Greg of Tennessee; nephews, Johnny Moore, Michael Moore and Larry Moore, Jr. of this area and his family along with several cousins including loafering buddy, cousin Don Byers.

Visitation were held from 11 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Old Brasstown Church on Hwy 66 in Towns County. Funeral Services held at 2:00 pm with Rev. Billy Stiles officiating. Music was presented by Maxine Hughes. A Eulogy was presented by Rev. Jimmy Rogers. Burial held in Old Brasstown Cemetery. The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Ernie Gibson, Lonnie Marcus, Lewie Hughes, Cecil Dye, Joe Norton & Don Byers. Honorary Pallbearers included: Don Gregg, Keith Gregg, Don Philips, Hubert Plott, J.C. Moore & Larry Moore, Sr.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.
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Visitation

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

11:00am - 1:00pm

Old Brasstown Baptist Church

Hwy. 66, Young Harris, GA 30582

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Starts at 2:00pm

Old Brasstown Baptist Church

Hwy. 66, Young Harris, GA 30582

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