LG Moore |
(8/5/35 - 8/25/13)
LG Moore permanently retired from being a life-long advocate for justice and equality for every individual on August 25, 2013. Born and raised in Union Springs, Texas, LG married Geraldine Box when he was 18. Together, they raised four children, Debbie, Terry, Donna, and Daryl, of whom he was terribly proud, as evidenced by his frequent boasting to anyone who would listen. He was also proud of his six grandkids, Morgan, Natalie, Micah, Macy, Madi, and Emily.
LG's commitment to working men and women is reflected in his 49-year membership in the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), his relentless lobbying for a living - not a minimum - wage, and his solidarity with his Union brothers and sisters. He was honored to have marched with Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers. He was proud never to have crossed a picket line and equally as proud to live and die a yellow-dog Democrat.
LG's commitment to equality and justice is reflected by his 45-year membership in the NAACP, his 40+ year membership in the ACLU, his early support for the ERA, and his quarter-century support for the Southern Poverty Law Center.
LG's official union education began when he attended Harvard's Trade Union School in 1965, from which he graduated Valedictorian. That education served him well in all of his professional endeavors, including: His service as a Union representative and Regional Director for the IUOE; his service for the John Gray Institute to find and promote common interests between business and labor; and his selection by Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, and Supreme Court Justice Robert Calvert to serve on the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission to help rewrite the Texas Constitution.
LG is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jerry. He is survived by those who surrounded and supported him in the end: His four children; his six grandchildren; his daughter-in-law, Donna Moore; his sons-in-law, Ron Collom and Steve Kuykendall; his companion Mary Kirkwood; his sister, Vissie Dee Honea; and, of course, Kymmy and Kyle.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 28th at 1:30 p.m., at Deer Park United Methodist Church, 1300 E. 13th, Deer Park, Texas 77536. Immediately afterwards, LG's celebration of life will begin at 3:00 p.m., at IUOE Local 450, 13315 Hwy. 146, Dayton, Texas 77535.
In lieu of flowers, LG asked that donations be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Alabama 36104 (splcenter.org); or, the AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund, 1106 Lavaca, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78701.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 26, 2013