Gilbert Leighton Moore, 82, of the New Salem community, Rising Fawn, Georgia, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at a hospital in Chattanooga.
He was a 1953 graduate of Dade County High School and participated in the Dade County 4-H Club. He participated in the annual meeting of the State of Georgia 100-Bushel Corn Club sponsored by the Dade County Farm Bureau in 1952. He produced 115 bushels of corn, placing third in the competition. His dad, Art Moore, won the contest with 158 bushels.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Military Police Corps stationed at Sandia Base, New Mexico.
He retired after serving 37 years at Rock-Tenn Mill Division, which is now West Rock. He served as tour foreman in the last few years of service with great pride and dedication.
Farming was his really great love. He grew many varieties of tomatoes and vegetables. He participated in the Chattanooga Market, Blue Cross Farmer’s Market and Dade County Farmers Market and provided many local restaurants with his vegetables and especially his different varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
(File photo by John Shober shows Gilbert and Sarah Moore at first Trenton Farmers Market, circa 2010.)
Gilbert was a lifelong resident of Rising Fawn and the New Salem community except for his military days and a very short time in the Chattanooga area. He was born October 15, 1935.
He really enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years and usually played first base.
He was most proud of his grandchildren and had such great love for his family.
He was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church and the Optimist Club of Trenton/Dade.
His hobbies included golfing, baseball and bowling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Effie (Street) Moore; brothers, Malcolm, Carroll, Grover, George Washington and Homer Gene Moore; and sisters, Mildred (Moore) Pringle, Lola (Moore) Kyte, Grace (Moore) Johnson and Ernestine Moore. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Faye (Moore) Obrzut; son, Leighton Lebron Moore; son-in-law, Jeff Hedgecoth; and daughter-in-law, Kelly Flynn Moore.
Gilbert is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sarah Moore; his children, Richard (Angie) Moore of Sweetwater, Tenn., Victor Moore of Rising Fawn, Samuel K. Moore and Todd Belk of Asbury Park, N.J., Rachel (Greg) Bolin of Crossville, Tenn., and son-in-law, Robert Obrzut of Kingston, Tenn.
His surviving grandchildren are Jennifer, Jordan, Jessica, Justin and Jake Hedgecoth of Crossville; Sarah Ashley Moore and Kaden Moore of Rising Fawn; Laura Moore, Chattanooga; Johnathan (Brittany) Moore of Englewood, Tenn.; Nathan Moore, North Carolina; Alinda Moore, Michigan; Greg (Christine) Hall, Michigan; and Rebecca Bartos, Kingston.
He also leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the chapel of Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Jodi Ihfe officiating. Burial will be in Hawkins Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Salem United Methodist Church Building Fund, 12550 Highway 136, Rising Fawn, GA 30738.
Please leave your thoughts and prayers at www.moorefuneralhometrenton.com
Arrangements by Moore Funeral Home, Trenton, Georgia.