Longtime community leader passes away

Published 9:36 pm Friday, July 28, 2017

Former LaGrange City Councilman and respected educator George R. Moore, Sr. passed away Thursday evening at age 87.

Mayor Jim Thornton remembers Moore as a very good man and community leader.

“Mr. Moore was one of the pillars of our community. I first knew him as a student at LaGrange High School where he was an administrator. I was able to observe him in community leadership over the years when he was a city council member, an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a leader at Warren Temple United Methodist Church. He was also a client of mine.”

Moore served on the LaGrange City Council from 1996-2007. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1953-1956. In LaGrange, he served as a School Counselor at East Depot High School, Assistant Principal at LaGrange Boys Junior High School, Principal of Hill Street Junior High School, and Assistant Principal at LaGrange High School where he served until his retirement in 1989.

Mr. Moore also served on the Troup County Board of Assessors from 1983-1995. He was involved in many civic and fraternal organizations including the Optimist Club, Georgia Retired Teachers Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, Fort Valley State College National Alumni Association Life Member, Fort Valley State University Hall of Fame member, Honorary Member of Georgia Sheriff’s Association, and member of the Warren Temple United Methodist Church.

“Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore were true jewels in our community,” current city councilwoman Norma Tucker said. “I can speak personally about how they blessed me. I owe a great debt to Mr. and Mrs. Moore, and have the greatest respect for him and his family.

The City of LaGrange recognized Moore for his decades of leadership and service to the citizens by proclaiming Fire Station #1 as the George R. Moore Station.

“Mr. Moore was passionate about everything he became involved with. He lived out his Christian faith through service to his community, never seeking personal glory but only what was best for LaGrange,” Thornton remembers. “He was a good man and someone I had the utmost respect for. He will be missed.”

“I am sad at his passing,” Tucker added. “But I know he is at peace with his wife, and their spirits are reunited in glory.”