Edward Raymond Moore Sr.
BLYTHEWOOD - Edward Raymond Moore Sr., 93, passed away April
13, 2010, in White Oak Manor in Columbia, S.C. The third
son of the late Lottie Speights Moore and George Edward
Haskell Moore, he was born May 25, 1916, in Hendersonville,
Colleton County, S.C.
In July 2001, he lost his beloved wife, Daisy Burnette Moore,
who died suddenly at their home on Johns Island, S.C. The
middle brother of five brothers, he was preceded in death
by three of them, William, Arthur and Henry Moore and by
two older half sisters, Nell Moore Schulz and Dorothy Moore
Guess. He spent his final years with his son and daughter-in-law,
E. Ray Moore Jr. and Gail Pinckney Moore in Blythewood,
Raymond was a graduate of Walterboro High School. In the
late 1930s, he attended Clemson University as a student
of architecture, where he was also an eager athlete. He
played football and boxed and was often known to knock out
his opponents in both sports. He transferred to Auburn University
to attend school with two of his brothers.
On the eve of World War II, he entered the U.S. Army and,
in 1942, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army
Signal Corps. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater, where
he served as radio officer for the 313th Heavy Bombardment
Wing, a B-29 bomber unit based on Tinian in the Marianas
Islands. As signals first lieutenant he was in charge of
the critical communications between Tinian and the B-29
Enola Gay which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima
in April 1945, hastening an end of the war with Japan.
After the war he returned to his home in Walterboro, S.C.,
served as an officer in the S.C. Army National Guard and
began a career in construction. Over the years he built
many homes and light industrial sites and served as a building
inspector and consultant. He worked in the electrical maintenance
department of the Savannah River Plant for 18 years while
he and his family resided in Aiken, S.C. A devout Christian,
Raymond believed his work and many talents should serve
a higher spiritual purpose than mere gain, and he was especially
proud of his construction of "The Wilds," a leading
Christian camp and conference center in Rosman, N.C.
Known for his vision and strength of character, he is survived,
mourned and greatly missed by his four children, E. Ray
Moore Jr. of Blythewood, S.C., Thomas G. Moore of Floyd,
Va., Elise Moore Edson of Cayce, S.C., and Deborah Moore
Ervin of Charleston, S.C.; 14 grandchildren, one step-granddaughter,
16 great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren; the
remaining brother of the five, Dr. George E.H. Moore of
Walterboro, S.C.; numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held noon Saturday, April 17,
2010, at Columbia Evangelical Church, 1013 Barnwell Street
in Columbia followed by interment at 4:30 p.m. in Live Oak
Cemetery, Jeffries Boulevard at Detreville Street in Walterboro,
S.C. The family will receive visitors 6-8 p.m. Friday, April
16, 2010, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Frontline Ministries
of which he was a committed supporter, P.O. Box 12072, Columbia,