Tyson "Ty" Moore passed away April 4, 2014, at age 85. He was born to Roy Moore and Daisy (Tyson) Moore on April 30, 1928, in Union County, North Carolina, a loving and large family with deep Carolina roots.
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He grew up during the Great Depression and learned how to get by with little, in terms of luxuries and money. Ty loved to go barefoot in the warm months, play basketball and baseball, and participate in family get-togethers, especially camp meeting. He loved anything mechanical, especially a beautiful car. He went to work at a young age at a southern railroad, was a lifelong fan of NASCAR and was always partial and loyal to Chevrolet teams and products.
Ty left Monroe to join the U.S. Air Force in 1947 at age 18. He became an excellent mechanic and leader of men, and rose rapidly to the rank of tech sergeant. Ty was stationed in the western U.S., met his first wife, Charlotte Pulley, in Boardman, Oregon, and they had seven children.
Ty loved the West, especially the rugged characters of the West. Much of his adult life was spent in the West, but late in his life he returned to his beloved family and the Carolinas. He remained close to his children, who all live in California, and to his many construction friends strung from southern California to Alaska.
Ty was a construction man and a specialist in heavy equipment and machinery of all kinds, especially Caterpillar products. Most of his career was spent as an equipment superintendent. His knowledge of equipment and of supporting mechanics in their work, made him an expert who was instrumental in the successful completion of highways, large-scale irrigation canals, dams, reservoirs, tunnels and subdivisions. His greatest project was the trans-Alaska oil pipeline where he often was airborne in a helicopter, flying from pipeline camp to camp, solving equipment and logistic problems while working for the Bechtel Corp.
Ty made many lasting friendships within the fraternity of construction people. To this day, he has many dear friends in, around, and connected to his many projects and years in Alaska and the West. He loved Alaska and her people, and he was loved by many. Ty lived to spend time with friends and family, telling stories and jokes. Ty loved to laugh and share laughter and his love of life with others.
Ty is preceded in death by his parents, Daisy and Roy; his brothers, Henry and Archie, and his sister, Edith.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Alda, Betty, Don, Lofton and Wade; his first wife, Charlotte, and his second wife, Sara Coble; his children, Brenda, Linda, Guy, Vickie, Tina, Tim, and Tammara; 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and twins on the way.
There will be a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Chena Hot Springs Resort, followed by lunch in the Activitorium.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 17, 2014