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April 18, 2024

Cary Donald “Coach” Moore

Cary Donald “Coach” Moore

Cary Donald “Coach” Moore, 69, of JC Gant Ln, Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday November 2, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Siler City, to the late Clarence Newton Moore and Sadie Johnson Moore. He graduated from Jordan-Matthews High School and received his teaching degree from East Carolina University. His passion was teaching and he taught and coached in Alexander County Schools for over 30 years.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sonya of the residence; daughters, Carrie (Ronnie) Nines of Yanceyville, and Ryanne-Leigh (Powell) Gregory of Fort Mill, South Carolina; grandsons, Aden Rachol and Finley Nines; brother, Ron (Amelia) Moore of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a host of special nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sara Rich.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Alexander Funeral Service. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will follow in the funeral home chapel, at 4:00 p.m., with Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to East Alexander Middle School Athletic Department at 1285 White Plains Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

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  1. April Shand on November 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Coach Moore taught me in the early 90’s at East Jr High and while P.E. wasn’t my thing he always had a fun and a little passive thing to say to get me going! I’m very sad hearing his passing. I’m praying and thinking of his family! RIP Coach Moore!!

  2. Jeannie L Smith on November 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I will always remember Coach Moore as one of my favorite teachers. I had him in elementary school at Taylorsville. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing! My thought and prayers to the family! As a teacher he made a great impact on many young lives and I will always remember him fondly!

    Jeannie Mathews Smith
    Class of ’88

  3. Sharon Seals Brookbank on November 7, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    To the Family of Cary Donald Moore,
    I have special memories of Donald and his family. He lived in my neighborhood growing up, and went to the same school and Church. I was a year older than him and once we all graduated JMHS I only saw him when he visited his parents. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you during your time of sorrow. Keep those good memories close to your hearts.
    Sharon Brookbank

  4. Gwen Miller on November 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Great teacher, he will truly be missed . Fly high Coach Moore .

  5. Carolyn Tanner Clark on November 8, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Donald and I were in the same class all through school. Ours was and still is a remarkable class, and Don was a popular and respected member. Don is a huge part of my memories of those formative years. He was a great athlete, student, and friend. It is not surprising to learn through comments of former students of his, that he made a positive impact on many young lives throughout his career as teacher and coach. To his family I offer sincere condolences. I know he will be greatly missed. May God comfort you and give you strength during this difficult time.

  6. Wanda D. Bruner-Saner on November 8, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    I had Mr. Moore when he began teaching PE. I hope that God can ease your pain from missing him. Bless you and your family during this time. Sincerely Wanda Bruner

  7. Steve M. Frazier on November 8, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Donald was part of a remarkably kind and giving family. I am grateful that I was part of his school family. An excellent student and athlete; but, more importantly, a good human being. From what I have seen posted he remained that way for his life. My thoughts and prayers for his family. May God bring you peace. Rest in Peace Blue Phantom ’66!

  8. Julie Price on November 8, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I will always have, and treasure many fond memories of Coach Moore. I had him as an elementary school teacher, and later in life as a neighbor, co-worker, and friend. Such, a great teacher! He definitely made a impact on many in our community. When he first began his teaching career in Alexander County School System my Mom worked in Taylorsville Elementary School lunch room. She went back to school in the afternoons to acquire her GED. She also had Coach Moore as a teacher, and as a co-worker. He also taught, and coached my husband, and taught both my sisters. He was admired by many students, co -workers, neighbors, and friends. He will be greatly missed! My prayers will be with each of his family members. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. RIP Coach Moore!

  9. Camellia Thomas Berglund on November 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Have very fond memories of Donald & all his family as we grew up in the same church. Spent lots of time on activity buses going to games. Remember him as an awesome athlete, having an infectious smile and always a kind word. Gone to soon, he will be missed & always have a special place in my heart. Praying Gods love & peace to surround all his family. May your special memories help to carry you through the days ahead.

  10. Sonya parker on November 9, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Coach Moore was my sixth grade math teacher at Stony Point Elementary School I did not care for math but Coach Moore made it more than just a math class he made it a fun class to the point where you were able to learn math and enjoy it Not only was he a phenomenal teacher but he was a phenomenal coach .He would pick with me because me and his wife has the same name.when I say his name all I can see is that great smile that he would display all the time even after going through school graduating whenever I would see coach moore he would always acknowledge me & say do you remember that time in the hall way and just start laughing .. coach you will be well missed but I know you in a better place now you have gained your wings fly coach fly. my condolence goes out to the family you’re in my thoughts and prayers sincerely Sonya Parker

  11. Clara Flowers Phillips on November 12, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Coach Moore was one of my favorite teachers. He was very kind. Sometimes he would give you an extra point on a test if you answered the right question whch was, “Who is your favorite teacher.” LOL! May he rest in Heaven. And may your pain of loss be eased by wonderful family memories. God bless all of you.

  12. Alice Andrews Joyce on November 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Donald and Ronald Moore were the third and fourth friends I made when my family moved next door to theirs on South Second Avenue in Siler City when I was five and they were six. Donald liked roller skating as much as I did, and sometimes we’d sneak snacks from one of our kitchens and skate all the way to the end of the sidewalk, where we could sit in the shade and make up stories about the woman who lived there. It was a rollicking neighborhood for growing up, filled with kids, games and backyard cookouts in the summertime. Donald and Ronald and other kids, mostly boys, in those days, turned our connecting backyards into a ball field. Donald loved to play and I expect his coaching days started there. Donald was a good friend for those growing up years, and I am sad he is gone.

  13. jerry harmon on December 23, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Coach Moore is a great memory, for he was a teacher I had in the seventh grade, and I have fond memories of him even though he paddled me once.. Seriously he was a great guy.

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