The funeral for John Paul Moore will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Starkville with burial in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens in Oktibbeha County.
The Revs. Blaine Allen and Prentiss Gordon will officiate.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home.
Mr. Moore, 80, died, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at Vickers Personal Care Home surrounded by family and friends.
He was born August 4, 1930 in Louisville to Clinton Moore and Birdie Edith Clay Moore. He was the youngest of 13 children, all who predeceased him.
After graduating from high school in Marked Tree, Ark., he served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
In the Air Force, he served as a legal clerk where he acquired his interest in law.
After his military service, he graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as Vice President of the Senior Law Class.
From 1968-1976, he served in the Mississippi State Senate, where he introduced bills to construct the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and the Humphrey Coliseum. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in the Starkville Rotary Club. He served as a public defender for a number of years representing people unable to afford an attorney.
He practiced law and was a member of the Oktibbeha County Bar Association and State of Mississippi Bar Association for 50 years.
Upon retirement, Mr. Moore enjoyed spare time visiting his grandchildren and attending their sporting events.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 54 years, Evelyn Jackson Moore, sons, John Stuart (Karen) Moore and Bruce Alan (Shelly) Moore, daughter, Teresa Ann Moore Staples, and daughter-in-law, Eva Moore Thomas; grandchildren; Daniel Brent (Morgan) Moore, Bradley Stuart Moore, Bryce Denton Moore, David Alexander Moore, Rebekah Lauren Moore, Sarah Staples, Bethany Staples, Hannah Moore, Lottie Moore, Stephen Moore, Phillip Moore, and Matthew Moore; as well as a host of nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his son Ronald Scott Moore.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1804 South Montgomery Street, Starkville, MS 39759 or Gideons, P.O. Box 669, Starkville, MS 39760-0669.
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