Bob Vance Moulder
Bob Vance Moulder of Ridgeland, age 82, died Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at home in his apartment at The Waterford in Ridgeland, MS.
Visitation will be at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson on Sunday, November 8, 2009, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm and on Monday morning, November 9, 2009, from 10:00 am until 10:45 am. Services will be held at the funeral home chapel at 11:00 with the Reverend Robert C. Lane, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Madison, officiating, with a special prayer by the Reverend R. David Moulder of Hastings, Minnesota, and eulogy by Patricia Moulder Street of Haltom City, Texas and H. T. DeKay of Starkville.
On the back cover of the first two books Bob authored, he described himself in this manner: "Bob Vance Moulder is a Mississippian by birth, a Southerner by preference, an American by the Grace of God, a writer by temperament, a vagabond by choice, and a confirmed optimist because he doesn't know how to be anything else. When he is not traveling across this country he loves with a passion, or enjoying his hobby of wildlife photography, he resides in Ridgeland, Mississippi."
Bob was born in the tiny rural community of Lorena, Mississippi, the son of Bartley and Louvenia Moulder, and the grandson of the Reverend and Mrs. D. W. Moulder and Mr. and Mrs. Levi Jasper Husbands.
He was graduated from Forest High School, the Southwest Photo-Arts Institute, and attended both the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He was a journalist for eight years, serving as a reporter/photographer for the Clarion-Ledger, Jackson Daily News, State Times and the Birmingham (AL) News. He was director of public information at Mississippi State University for 20 years, and retired a second time as senior vice president for communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. He served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines.
Bob's stories and photographs have been published in many national magazines including Reader's Digest, Look, Life, Progressive Farmer and Ford Times. A documentary on "Careers in Horticulture" he wrote and filmed while at Mississippi State, won an international award. He self-published three photo books: "Shrines to Yesterday," "Shrines to Tomorrow," and "Shrines to Valor." Three of his books, "Kudzu, Homebrew and Dinner on the Ground," "Hot Flashes, Swollen Ankles and Sore Breasts - And I'm a Man," and "Monday is a Good Day for Dreamers," were published in 2004, 2006 and 2009. For four years, he wrote a column, "Senior Ramblings," for the Madison County Herald in Ridgeland.
He served as picture editor, and supplied many photographs, for the two-volume "History of Mississippi."
He is survived by a son, R David Moulder of Hastings, Minnesota; a daughter, Patricia Moulder Street (Steve) of Haltom City, Texas; one grandson, J. Bartley Moulder (Randi) and a great-grandson, Layne Robert Moulder of Hastings, Minnesota; a brother, B. Jerry Moulder (Carolyn) of Pascagoula; two nieces, Leah Moulder of Pascagoula and Toni Kraft (Steve) of Moss Point; one nephew, Mark Moulder of Pascagoula; and a loving and dear friend, Cecilia E. Baker, of Ridgeland.
Pallbearers are Bartley Moulder, Steve Street, Steve Kraft, and Mark Moulder.
Special honorary pallbearers are H. T. DeKay, Aaron Johnston, Tom Joynt and Ken Barlow.
Along with floral tributes, donations may also be made to the American Cancer Society directly or through the First Presbyterian Church of Madison.
Published by Clarion Ledger on Nov. 7, 2009.
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I just learned of Bob's death from a friend. I am so sorry I did not know about it sooner, I would have been to visitation for sure. One of the first jobs, real job, I ever had was at MS State in 1970,with Bob Moulder as my boss. The Public Information office was the best place to work, with the best people. Bob was never like a boss, just the best friend. My heart is sad but my memories are joyful. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Beth and Dalton Ducrest
November 15, 2009
I first met Bob Moulder in 1953 when I came to the Clarion-Ledger right out of college . As a cub reporter on assignment, I often went with Bob to cover a story.
I remember him as a good photographer, a gentleman who loved his wife and two small children, a man with a most positive attitude and quick smile.

We lost touch for over fifty years, then about three years ago, he learned I still lived in Jackson. We met at Scrooge’s for lunch and were still there three hours later talking. When he first sat down, he leaned forward in his seat and said, “I need to tell you right off that I am seeing a woman I care about deeply.” I knew beforehand of his wife’s death and was pleased for him.

When I met Cecilia I knew they were a team; right for each other. They complemented each other’s talents and gave each other emotional support.

For the past three years I have had the pleasure of being a friend to both of them. Bob was one of a kind and I will miss him.

Carolyn Scanlon McLendon
carolyn mclendon
November 9, 2009
WAS LIKE LOSING A BROTHER WHEN I READ ABOUT BOB MOULDER THIS MORNING...IT BRINGS RUSHING BACK MEMORIES OF OUR DAYS TOGETHER AT THE PAPER, DURING THE WILLIAM WINTER 75 CAMPAIGN, THE BOOK "SHRINES TO YESTERDAY" WHICH WE DISTRIBUTED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE COUNTRY DURING MY TENURE AT THE A & I BOARD AND THE MANY, MANY MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL AND OTHER EVENTS WE ATTENDED. YOU WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN YOU KNOW.
PERRY AND BARBARA NATIONS
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November 9, 2009
We already miss you, Bob.
Annie Oeth
November 9, 2009
Bob was a wonderful boss and friend. He was a positive influence in my life, professionally and personally. My heart goes out to you, David and Patty, and to all of his family. He will be missed, but he had a great life...and was forever young.
Cindy Mitcham
November 8, 2009
Although I only knew Bob personally for a few years, reading his books made me feel that I had known him for many. He was that talented. I'll miss his kind spirit and sweet words.
Fran Gatewood
November 8, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
John & Nell Grant
November 7, 2009
I've never known anyone whose candle burned as bright. Bob, you will be missed.
Linda Braswell
November 7, 2009
Bob Moulder – Ever a friend, always a gentle person, a master of talent, a positive influence on so many that he met. Bob Moulder – Ever to be missed until that time that we all will be together again.
Larry Hill
November 7, 2009
Bob didn’t know when he would write 30 to his life story, but he knew what would make him close his keyboard.

Bob was one of the most courageous people I knew. I’ll bet that he was smiling when he closed the lid.
Douglas Starr
Associated Press
Jackson MS
1952-1961
Douglas Starr
November 7, 2009
David and Patty: I share your loss as Bob was a great friend to me and others as well as a great dad to you. He and his writings will be missed by many. A strong man with a zest for life and love.
Leroy Morganti
November 7, 2009
Family and Cecilia,
I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a gentleman who's friendship I will always cherish. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Gloria Jones Munroe
November 7, 2009
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