MOORE, Jerry Lloyd|
Jerry Lloyd Moore, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away October 9, 2013, at the age of 90. Born in San Antonio, Texas to Viola Bolinger and Bruce Dee Moore, he was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Joseph Floyd Moore and older brother, Bruce Dee Moore, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Nelwyn Barnard Moore, son, Jerry Lloyd Moore, Jr. (Jay), daughter, Amy Moore Meeks, and two grandchildren, Amy Madeleine Meeks and Charles Maximilian Meeks.
After graduating from Breckenridge High School in San Antonio in 1940, Jerry and his brother Joe enrolled in Southwest Texas State Teachers College. When WWII began, Jerry joined the Coast Guard and Joe, the Naval Air Force. Joe, who became one of the early night-fighter pilots was lost in the Pacific. Jerry returned to SWT in 1946 where as a swimming instructor at Sewell Park, he met Nelwyn, a seventeen year old freshman student in his class who would become his wife in 1950.
Jerry graduated with a BBA degree and a Masters of Education before entering the University of Texas at Austin to work on his PhD. There he completed graduate work in School Administration. Jerry spent the next 13 years working in the field of education in central Texas. He was a teacher and principal in Kerrville and the superintendent in Blanco. Son, Jay, was born in Kerrville and daughter, Amy, in Blanco. In 1960, Jerry and his family moved back to San Marcos where he was Dean and Vice President of San Marcos Baptist Academy. In 1964, Jerry began a successful 40 year career as a Southwestern Life Insurance Agent in San Marcos. During this time he garnered numerous awards, including Lifetime Achievement awards in the Million Dollar Round Table, Top Club, of which he was president, Texas Leaders Round Table, National Sales Achievement Award and The Yearling Award.
Jerry gave decades of his life to public service in capacities such as president of SWT Ex-Student Association, Alumnus Counselor of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity, founding member and president of the Central Texas Higher Education Agency, member of Urban Renewal Board of Directors, and a member of the Citizens Committee to re-write the San Marcos City Charter. He was also a founding member and first chairman of the Belvin Street Historic District where he and Nelwyn have lived for 49 years. Jerry was named Distinguished Alumnus for Texas State University in 1976. In 2013 he was honored with a resolution recognizing his 31 years of service to the Texas State University Support Foundation.
Jerry was an active member of Christ The Redeemer Church in San Marcos. Jerry and his family were members of the First Baptist Church of San Marcos for many years where he was ordained as a deacon in 1965. He taught Sunday School classes, was superintendent of the Sunday School, president of the Brotherhood, and served in numerous other capacities.
Active in the York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonic order, Jerry had been given The Royal Order of Scotland Award. Jerry was a member of the San Marcos Shrine Club and the Masonic Lodge where he served in various capacities through the years. He recently earned a 65 year pin for his lifetime service.
Jerry will be remembered always by his family and many close friends as someone who touched their lives in his uniquely personal, genuine and significant way. He was always generous with his time, words and love... offering himself in service to all of those who knew him.
Contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to Christ the Redeemer Church, 107 Centerpoint Road, San Marcos, Texas 78666, or the Jerry L. Moore, Endowed Scholarship Fund at Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666.
Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday, October 14, 2013. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, with the Rev. Dr. Jenna Heart and Rev. Gary Smith officiating. Interment to follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery.
Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N. Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2013