A. Grier Moore, Jr., 84, of Hillside Lane, Morganton, NC died Friday, June 19, 2009 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on July 29, 1924, he was the son of the late Allie Grier Moore, Sr. and Sadie Wilson Moore. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. Mr. Moore was a graduate of Morganton High School and attended the University of Alabama. In World War II, Mr. Moore served with the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was a member and past Commander of American Legion Post 21. Grier was founder and president of Moore Equipment Co., Hickory, NC where he designed and manufactured equipment for the automotive repair industry. In addition to his parents, Grier was preceded in death by his first wife, Alta Sullivan Moore, and a brother, John Moore.Grier is survived by his wife, Debra Secreast Moore of the home; step-daughters, Kimberly Philyaw of Lenoir, NC and Leslie Williams and her husband, Thomas, of Hudson, NC; step-grandsons, Tanner Philyaw and Gunnar Williams; a sister-in-law, Janie Moore of Charlotte, NC; and nieces, Grier Elizabeth Howe of Atlanta, GA and Sadie Andress of Charlotte.The graveside service will be held at noon, Monday, June 22, 2009 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Sydnor C. Thompson, III officiating. Military graveside honors will be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Memorial contributions may be made to Foothills Conservancy of NC, P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, NC 28680.
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