Richard Cone “Dick” Moore

Richard Cone “Dick” Moore, 72, of McComb, died July 24, 2008, at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia.  Mr. Moore was born Jan. 9, 1936, in Lake Village, Ark., to Glynn H. and George Evelyn Cone Moore.  He spent most of his youthful years in Jonesville, La., and graduated valedictorian from Chamberlain-Hunt Academy in Port Gibson in 1953.
He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from Ole Miss on May 26, 1957. He served 20 years in the Navy with duty stations in Athens, Ga.; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Key West, Fla.; Subic Bay and Cubi Point Naval Air Station, the Philippines; Richmond, Va.; Rota, Spain; Charleston, S.C.; Monterey, Calif.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Norfolk, Va.
He earned his master’s degree at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey in December 1969. Following his Navy career he worked as an auditor for Exxon USA in Houston, Texas, for eight years. He was a certified public accountant in the state of Texas.
In June 1985, he and his wife moved to McComb to assume management of the family business, McComb Electric Supply Co.
He was active in the McComb Rotary Club for more than 20 years and served as a board member of the Pike County Arts Council for seven years. While president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce in 1990, he was instrumental in the formation of the McComb Main Street program and served on that board for several years. In 1991, he was chosen as the Enterprise-Journal Citizen of the Year and was named Small Business of the Year in 2004.
Mr. Moore was a former elder at J.J. White Presbyterian Church and a charter member, elder and trustee of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.
He was an avid gardener, especially loving his rose garden. He enjoyed traveling worldwide and was an ardent historian and reader.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Andrew E. Cone of Portland, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. Dank Moore of Little Rock.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Stephanie Klotz Moore of McComb; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard C. Moore Jr. and Dolly of McComb; one daughter and son-in-law, Betsy Moore Nelson and Paul of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; four adored grandchildren, Kristen and Dan Moore of McComb, and Lacy and Matthew Nelson of Fairchild Air Force Base; and special cousins Gene and Meredith Wilbourn of Conway, Ark., Tom and Ann Bridgers of Little Rock, and Theresa Grimes Streibich of Memphis, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Building Fund of New Covenant Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 896, McComb, MS 39649 or Chamberlain-Hunt Academy, 124 McComb Ave., Port Gibson, MS 39150.


drt said...

My sympathies to Mrs. Moore, children and grandchildren.

I served under Lt Cmdr Moore on the USS ALBANY CG10 in the 1970's and was wonderful to work for; patient and always was able to see the best in everyone.

I was in my early 20's at the time and I know that many times I must have unintentionally tried his patience, but he was always calm and supportive.

I just found out about his passing in the USS ALBANY association "Sea Breeze" quarterly newsletter and was deeply saddened.

On a lighter note, I introduced him to plantain chips, which I would bring up to Mayport upon returning after weekend liberty; he couldn't seem to get enough plantain chips and every time I see plaintain chips in Publix (grocery store), I think of Mr Moore, and I always will.

Donn Tillman,
St Petersburg,FL

P O Box 952
St. Petersburg,FL 33731