Kenneth Allen "Ken" Moser
1942 - 2021
Kenneth "Ken" Allen Moser

Kenneth "Ken" Allen Moser excelled at being a husband, father, grandfather, attorney, athlete, mentor, and friend. To the nine grandchildren who adored him, he was "Papa," their treat giver, joke teller, coach, cheer leader, confidant, and role model. After waiting six months for a lung transplant, Ken lost his battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He fought the disease with the unflagging determination, tireless dedication, and unmatched work ethic that were characteristic of how he lived his life. Ken died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Duke University Hospital, with his wife, Mary Nan, and children by his side. He was 78.

Ken was married to Mary Nan for 54 years. He was a member of St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, where he attended Mass every Sunday. In addition to Mary Nan, Ken is survived by his three children and their families, Kelly Frances Moser (Jennifer Teel), who holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Senior Attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, Ashley Moser Veneziano (Dr. Joseph), who holds a Master of Arts in counseling and clinical psychology and a Master of Education from the Teacher's College of Columbia University and is a teacher at Summit School in Winston-Salem, and John Kenneth Moser (Aly), who holds a law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law and is a partner with the law firm of Comerford Chilson & Moser, LLP, in Winston-Salem; sister, Joyce Anne Moser of Winston-Salem; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Glynn Moser and Angie Elizabeth Allen Moser; and brother, Harold Dean Moser of Knoxville, Tenn.

Ken's most cherished legacy is his nine grandchildren, who will forever remember their "Papa," his smile, generosity, hugs, and the "twinkle in his eye," Noah Joseph Veneziano (16), Annabella Frances Veneziano (15), Elizabeth "Poppy" Veneziano (14), James "Tristan" Moser-Teel (13), John Kenneth "Jack" Moser Jr. (12), Olivia Jane Moser-Teel (11), Finley "Finn" James Veneziano (11), Mary Olivia Moser (10), and Walter "Walt" Perkins Moser (6). Ken also leaves behind his four-legged best friend, Scout ("Sir Scoutie Wags-A lot"). We will miss our "Papa" immensely.

A North Carolina native, Ken was born Sept. 8, 1942, in Rowan County, the youngest of three children. Voted "Best All Around" in high school, Ken's athletic talent in football, basketball, and baseball earned him an induction into the Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame. Ken and his siblings were the first in their family to attend college. After working construction for a year to earn the funds to cover his education, Ken received his bachelor's degree in political science from Wake Forest University in 1965, and his Juris Doctor (cum laude - second in his class) from Wake Forest School of Law in 1968.

Ken worked his way through college and law school, yet earned honors too many to list. As an undergraduate, he was president of his Senior Class, president of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Fraternity, and a member of the freshman cross country and basketball teams, as well as being selected by his classmates as one of 16 outstanding seniors. At Wake Forest University School of Law, Ken was Associate editor of the Wake Forest Law Review and president of Phi Delta Phi. Ken practiced law for 43 years with Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice (now, Womble Bond Dickinson), where he was a partner before retiring in 2012. In addition to his active law practice in banking, real estate, and commercial finance, Ken served his firm in many ways, as manager of the Winston-Salem office, as a member of the Firm Management and Executive Committees, as a leader of the firm's Capital Markets Practice Group, and in many other roles. He was presented with the William Pen Sandridge Award for lifetime service to the firm.

In addition to his leadership, his law partners and colleagues remember him for his dedication to his clients, work ethic, and integrity. In the banking world, he was the go-to lawyer for many financial institutions because of his professionalism and knack for practical solutions. In addition to the countless young attorneys he mentored throughout his career, Ken served as a role model to his three children, two of whom followed him into careers in law. Prior to retirement, Ken was a member of the Winston-Salem Board of Advisors for Wells Fargo Bank and general counsel to Piedmont Federal Savings Bank. At the time of his death, he was serving as a member of Piedmont Federal's Board of Directors. Ken was a member of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law, serving as chair of its Loan Practices and Lender Liability Committee. He was a faculty member of the Graduate School of Banking of the South, in Baton Rouge, La. He co-authored two legal form books, North Carolina Real Estate Forms - Practice and North Carolina Commercial Finance Forms - Practice, published in 1992 by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, Rochester, N.Y. He was honored by his peers and clients by being inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and the North Carolina Bar Association Legal Practice Hall of Fame.

Along with his full legal career, Ken served his community, college, and law school in numerous fundraising and leadership positions. He served as a founding member of the Winston-Salem Downtown Development Corporation and Foundation Board of Directors for over 10 years. Ken served as a member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Forsyth and Davie Counties from 2004 to 2011 and was Board chair from 2009 to 2010. He was an Advisory Council member for the Winston-Salem Salvation Army Boys Club; an officer of the North Carolina Housing Foundation; a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County United Way Campaign Cabinet; a member of the Winston-Salem Arts Council Budget Committee; and the chair of the Professional Division of the Winston-Salem Arts Council Annual Fundraising Campaign. He was also a graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem and a longtime member of Stratford Rotary. In 2009, he received the United States President Volunteer Service Award ""for making a difference through volunteer service."" Forever a Demon Deacon, Ken was a member and president of the Wake Forest University Law Alumni Council; a member of the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law; the Alumni Chair of the Wake Forest University School of Law National Law Fund Campaign; a member of the Wake Forest Alumni Council; and the chair of the Golden Deacs Club (formerly known as the Half-Century Club). Ken and Mary Nan, who met at Wake Forest, are members of the Samuel Wait Legacy Society, the Hawthorne Hill Society of Wake Forest Medical Center, the Deacon Club, and Loyal Deacs. As a lifelong tennis player, he was instrumental in the creation of the Jim Leighton Tennis Center and was particularly supportive of the Wake Forest women's tennis team. Ken's three children graduated from Wake Forest University, and he was for decades, a season ticket holder for W.F.U. football and basketball. It is fair to say that his blood ran Black and Gold.

A private Mass and burial will be held for the immediate family. Once it is safe for groups to gather, Ken's family plans to host a celebration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27517-1021; the Mary Nan and Ken Moser Wake Forest University School of Law Scholarship, Law School Development, Wake Forest University, P.O. 7227, WinstonSalem, NC 27109; St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 335 Springdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27104-3199, or the charity of one's choice. SALEM FUNERAL HOME
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We were both so saddened to hear of Ken's passing. We worked with Ken while employed in the Real Estate Dept. of Wachovia Bank in the 80's. It was always a treat to work on a deal with Ken. We learned so much from him and appreciated his professionalism, his warm and friendly personality and his ability to simplify and explain things. Ken always talked about his family with such joy in his voice. We send our deepest condolences to Ken's family and pray that God will comfort you all during this difficult time.
Tom and Leigh Growney
January 24, 2021
I was very saddened to hear about Ken´s passing. I knew Ken through my connections at Womble and through his volunteer work in the community. He was an excellent lawyer, and an even better person. His smile and kind-heartedness will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Nan and his family. My life is better from having known Ken.
Dara Folan
January 21, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Kenneth´s passing. I met him during my recent transplant at Duke. Prayers for his family. Tim
Tim and Dixie Davis
January 20, 2021
Olivia Kleinmaier told me of the death of her daughter Aly's Father in law. Ken Moser obviously was a very accomplished professional with an impressive record of service to the community of Winston Salem. Most importantly, he was a very beloved member of the family he and his wife, Mary Nan, began and leaves behind his legacy of love to continue to bless his wife, his three children and their spouses and his nine grandchildren. May God's comfort be with all Mr. Ken Moser's family, friends, colleagues and fellow community in Winston Salem. I know he will be missed.
Ann Smithwick
January 20, 2021
Your SELC Family and Friends
January 20, 2021
What an awesome tribute to honor the life of an extraordinary man! He most certainly made this world a better place according to his many accomplishments both professionally and personally. We attended A. T. Allen School and then Mt. Pleasant together and he always exceeded both athletically and academically and was a friend to all. Sincere sympathy Doris Plott Fisher
Doris Plott Fisher
January 18, 2021
I knew Ken during my entire 23 year career as an attorney at Womble Carlyle. He is as fine a man, as fine a human being, as I ever had the great good fortune to know in my 60 years here on earth. He was my most important influence during my legal career--by his example, he inspired me to be, not only the best attorney I could be, but the best husband, father and person I could be. To call him my mentor, while true, would not do full justice to the significance of the role he played in my life. My thoughts are with Mary Nan, Kelly, Ashley, John Kenneth and Ken's nine grandchildren as they mourn this great loss. May the memory of this very, very fine man be sustained and cherished by them throughout the remainder of their lives.
Jim Lilly
January 18, 2021
I had the pleasure of meeting Ken at Womble Carlyle. He was one of the most welcoming, warm, friendly, charismatic people I´ve ever worked with. Saddened by this news and sending my condolences to the family.
Luana Hill
January 18, 2021
I first met Ken in 1970 when I started at Womble. He was a "one of a kind" and we were all better for knowing him. He was always available, smart, warm and shared himself with colleagues and clients. He will be missed by anyone who ever knew him. My sincerest sympathy to his family during this difficult time.
Janice Thompson
January 18, 2021
As a young banker at Wachovia I met with Ken for his excellent legal advice on International debt issues. He always gave excellent legal advice but went beyond wanting to know how I was doing and providing career advice. He was the ultimate gentleman and mentor who set a great example in life that we all wanted to follow. Ken will be greatly missed.
Jack Clayton
January 17, 2021
It was a great honor and privilege, to work for Ken Moser, for 30+ years. A true gentleman, in every sense of the word. A sheer pleasure, to be around.
Carol Hutchins, Accounting (retired) Womble Carlyle
January 17, 2021
We were each others best friend when we attended A. T. Allen school, grades 1-7. Then different high schools but still friends. Lost contact after we graduated and I moved to Georgia. Sad to hear if his passing, I will never forget Kenneth and our friendship.
Phil King
January 17, 2021
My sincerest condolences to the Moser family. Very impressive obituary for what Ken Moser did for the community and in his family.
James Barrett Wilson Jr
January 17, 2021
My condolences to the family. I retired from Piedmont Federal and was so fortunate to have the opportunity to know and love Mr. Moser. I looked forward to our Board meetings so we could discuss our favorite subject -Wake Forest! There was always time before the meeting started to have these fabulous conversations that I will cherish forever. He was a great man and loved by all. Rest In Peace and Go Deacs!
Debbie Lentz
January 17, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about Ken! I will always remember that I never saw him without a smile on his face. Prayers being sent to the Moser family.
Lynn Miller
January 17, 2021
What a beautiful obituary for a special boss and friend. I will always remember his care for everyone and being a hard worker who was a perfectionist in everything he did. Heaven just received another special guy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this sad time. Love, Laura Carlyle.
Laura Carlyle
January 17, 2021
May you find peace and comfort in your memories of Ken. The world is worse off with his passing. Hass Parker
Hass Parker
January 17, 2021