Edward James “Eddie” Moore, 64, son of Leslie and Ursie (Kelley) Moore, was born February 1, 1945 in West Plains, Missouri. He passed away July 31, 2009 at Texas County Memorial Hospital, Houston, Missouri, of a heart attack.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2000.
Eddie is survived by his wife, Rowena of the Dykes community; three sons, Michael Edward, Terry Lynn and wife Sharon of Houston, Joey Don and wife Julie of Cabool, Missouri; his mother, Ursie; two brothers, Delane and wife Hilda and Gary, all of Houston; seven grandchildren, Shelbi, Coyd James, Chris and Zack Moore, Jenny, Jessi and Josi Spauldin; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
He grew up in Bendavis and Houston area and graduated Houston High School in 1962.
Eddie married his high school sweetheart, Rowena Hicks, on April 5, 1963, and to this union three sons were born.
He attended Clara Baptist Church, Clara, Missouri. He received Christ as his Savior and remained faithful throughout the years in his service. He taught Sunday school to several youth and served on the building committee.
Eddie attended The School of the Ozarks briefly. He worked at International Shoe Company until it closed. Eddie then moved to St. Louis and worked at McDonnell Aircraft for six years, having received a zero defect award. He moved back to Houston to work with his dad building several houses around the area, including two for himself. After the housing demand slowed down, he purchased a farm in the Dykes community and in 1977 went into the dairy business. Eddie and Rowena took great pride in building a good dairy herd, placing in the top ten on the D.H.I.A. in Texas County for several years, also receiving the outstanding milk quality award two years in a row from AMPI. In 1986 they received the Farm Management Award and in 1987 the Missouri Farm Management state honor for Texas County. They were also given the Honorary Chapter FFA Degree. He also served on the Booster Club, the Extension Council, the ASCS Board, the Cattlemen’s Board, and the Farm Bureau Board and was an A.M.P.I voting delegate.
Eddie and Rowena worked side by side in all their endeavors. In 1999 they sold their dairy herd and started a beef cow/calf operation.
Services were Monday, August 3, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in First Christian Church, Houston. Paul Murray, Jackie Cooper and Wesley Wallace officiated. Burial was in Wolford Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers family requests memorials to Houston Sports Club, Wolford Cemetery, or Gideons.