Harold was born on September 24, 1928 in Carrollton, Georgia, second child to the late Sadie Mae (Sharp) and Vester Otto Moore. His older sister, Helen Joyce (Moore) Evans preceded him in death in addition to his parents. He spent his early years in Orlando, Florida where his dad worked in the orange groves while his mother took care of their home. Harold graduated from Orlando High Schoolin 1946, and at the age of eighteen, his first job was with Florida Power and Light, where he worked for two summers. Then he was employed by Western Electric for nearly three years before he began his attendance at Orlando Junior College. He transferred to theUniversityof Florida for one semester where he became an avid Florida Gator fan and later received his Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from Rollins College.
In late May of 1948 in Winter Park, Florida, Harold married the love of his life, Ruby “Jeri” Ellis of Jesup,Georgia. He served his country in the United States Army and was stationed in Austria during the Korean War. His banking career began at the First National Bank in downtown Orlando and would later relocate to the College Park area of Orlando. His only child, Stacey Lee Moore, joined the family in 1964 and the trio moved toCocoa Beach in 1966 when Harold took the position of president of United National Bank. He would later become Vice President of Barnett Bank in Cocoa, FL.
Giving back to the community was very important to Mr. Moore. Harold helped finance midget football teams inCocoa Beach. He was a member of the Cocoa Beach Rotary Club since 1968 where he had served as president for one year. He had also served on the Hospital Board of Directors at Cape Canaveral Hospital inCocoa Beach and even ran for City Commissioner of Cocoa Beach but was unsuccessful. He was also a member of the Freedom Seven Elementary School Advisory Board. He retired after thirty years of banking, but always remained a Florida Gators fan, attending almost every game with his wife for many years.
Harold was a proud grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren, Diana Kristinalee Moore, Christopher Jarold Lee Moore, Eddie Lee Moore, Austin John Moore-Ayala and Benjamin Harold Moore-Ayala. Harold and Jeri never dreamed their only daughter, Stacey, would bless them with five grandchildren and for a period of seven years the two of them made monthly visits to Statesboro to visit with their grandchildren.
On May 28, 2003, Harold’s wife of fifty-five years died on their anniversary. He moved toStatesboro,GA in 2009 to spend his later years with his beloved daughter and grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by one niece, Marilyn (Evans) Eflein of Fernandina Beach, FL.
His battle was long and hard. He fought courageously and with dignity and determination giving a whole new meaning to the words “Die Hard Gator.”
Graveside funeral services with military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on May 29, 2013 in the Altamaha Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St. Statesboro, GA, 30458.