George Henry Moore Jr., of Ponte Vedra, Fla. and Owensboro, died in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the age of 89. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on August 15, 1933, to Lenna Faustina (Bonifay) and George Henry Moore, Sr. He attended seminary at St. Bernard Catholic Preparatory High School and Junior College in Cullman, Alabama, then was transferred to Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. There he played first base for the Badgers, competed in ROTC, and in 1956 earned a business degree.
He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. While in college, he was offered a contract with the Cincinnati Reds organization for his exceptional first baseman skills, but instead decided to serve his country in the United States Army. George followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and began his career at the L&N Railroad as an assistant train master in Birmingham, Alabama and remained with the company for the next 30 years through to multiple mergers and promotions. As superintendent of the Evansville, Indiana division, he established the railroad’s first safety team and led the division in winning the L&N Safety Award. Transferred to Jacksonville, Florida, George continued his distinguished career as General Manager of Transportation for CSX Corporation, retiring in 1986. He was known for his quick wit and kind heart and was loved by all who had the lucky to know him. He adored the beach and sunny Florida weather, and when asked how he was doing, he was known to reply, “Just another day in paradise!”
George was predeceased by his parents and daughter, Cynthia Moore.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Monica Gaw Moore; five children, Edith Moore-Hubert, Ted (Ellen) Moore, Liz (Paul) Tiseo, and Eileen (Jim) Cavanaugh, all of Jacksonville, Florida, and Stephen Moore of Woodstock, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Kaitlin (Jon) Shumake, Tyler (Lindsay) Moore, Daniel Hubert, Jr., Patrick Hubert, Olivia Tiseo, Sophia Tiseo, Abigail Cavanaugh and Allison Cavanaugh; two great-grandchildren, Carson Moore and “Baby Butter” Moore, due in September; one sister, Judy Matson of Pensacola, Florida; several nieces and nephews; and ex-wife, Patricia Malone Moore of Jacksonville, Florida.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church by the Sea in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. A reception will follow the funeral. Interment will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2022 at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Browns Valley followed by a Celebration of Life at the Parish Hall until 11:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. p.m. on Tuesday, August 23. , 2022, at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Walk Off Charities at walkoffcharities.networkforgood.com.