Willis Newton Moore of Dawsonville passed away on August 26, 2021.
He was born on January 30, 1946 in Macon, Georgia, to the late Willis and Rosa Moore. The Moore family moved to Atlanta where he attended grammar school. Moving with the family to Dalton he attended Dalton High School where he played football, basketball, and baseball and also found time to play in a Rock and Roll band called "The Sultans" with a group of friends who have remained loyal. The Moore family moved to Morganton, North Carolina where he graduated from Salem High School. After High School graduation he spent 4 years in the United States Marine Corp where he was a decorated Vietnam Veteran. He has eulogized many of the men who served under his leadership as their trusted sergeant.
He earned a B.A. in 1972 and his J.D. in 1975 from Mercer University where he was the first in-house General Counsel from 1975 – 1984. He earned his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Michigan. He was a highly respected and successful attorney for 47 years in Atlanta and most recently Gainesville. Above all of his educational accomplishments and professional accolades his greatest treasure was his family. He graciously hosted many family events and was diligent about sending birthday cards to each member of his large family. The oldest of 8 children he courageously navigated his family through the best of times and the worst of times always putting, God, family, and friends first. He was famous for quotes and had at least one for every occasion. One he used frequently was “never let your self be crucified on a 6 inch cross.” He also loved “happy is the man who enjoys the scenery on a detour.” He was a man of many talents who was a gifted writer, speaker, and loyal friend always suggesting a new song or musician. Generous with his time, money, advice, and most importantly his love, he was a hero to many. He lived a life that we all strived to emulate. He will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to know and love him.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce McKinney Moore of Dawsonville, Georgia, who was the love of his life and perfect companion working not only in his law practice but also enjoying every aspect of his life. His two sons, Jonathan Moore and wife Tara Beaudine Moore and their daughters Annabelle and Raegan, and Kyle Moore and his sons Gaines and Baker; step-mother Bonnie Stone Moore; siblings Theresa Moore Satterfield (Gary), Gretchen Moore Thompson (Ron), Miriam Moore Welling (Lee), Lynda Moore Scott, Theron Moore (Linda Marie), Sharon Moore Lawson (Johnny), Lisa Moore Ferraro (Chris) ,9 nieces, 5 nephews, and 30 great nieces and nephews.
A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at Little & Davenport Funeral Home in Gainesville at 1:00 on September 11, 2021. For those who are unable to attend the service, you can live stream the service at https://vimeo.com/595511627
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 855-448-3997.
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Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Georgia 30501 is in charge of arrangements.
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