John Clark Moore Jr.
John Clark Moore Jr., 98, passed away in peace from natural causes late on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at home and surrounded by loved ones.
He was a twin, born on Aug. 7, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Col. John Moore and Alberta Preston Moore.
Growing up, the family and his two brothers followed their father, who was stationed in Washington, D.C.; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Governors Island, New York.
He attended Le Rosey School in Switzerland before going to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
He interrupted his college attendance to join the United States Army Air Force and became a bomber squadron leader pilot in World War II based in England and France. He flew three sorties on D-Day and ultimately completed 65 missions and received a Distinguished Flying Cross.
Following the war, he flew for American Airlines and met a cute stewardess that brought him coffee and he said he has been flying high ever since. He married the stewardess, Helen Brandt Moore, in 1947, and they lived in the New York and New Jersey area. She helped him complete his college degree at New York University.
After American Airlines, he continued working in the airline industry. He moved his family to Europe in 1954, first working 14 years in Paris and then 12 years in Geneva for IATA, a large airline management consortium. He was an avid tennis player before taking up golf in Switzerland.
He retired to Cashiers in 1981 and became an avid golfer and member of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
He was active in many community efforts throughout the Cashiers area including the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation, Trash Busters and even founding an annual bike race, the Tour de Cashiers.
He was a devoted member of Cashiers United Methodist Church, as well as a dedicated Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley member.
He is survived by his wife Helen; their two children, John III (Cashiers), and Barbara (Huntington, New York); four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. All will dearly miss him.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 at Cashiers United Methodist Church. It will be followed by a reception.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, make donations to Cashiers Cares, P.O. Box 1072, Cashiers, NC 28717-1072.