Loyd Leon "Shorty" Moore, 77, departed this life for his Heavenly Home on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. He was born October 29, 1944 in Waldron, AR to Loyd and Ruby Moore.
He later joined the United States Army and was deployed to Korea during the Vietnam War. It was during this time he would begin writing letters to his Sweet Suzy. When at last they met, it was a surprise. He showed up at her doorstep and caught her in hair rollers. He always said that she was a beautiful sight!
In 1967 the couple would marry and make their home in Mansfield, AR. Together they had three daughters, Lisa, Angie and Tammy. This beloved son, husband and father would work hard to provide for his family, often working several jobs to make ends meet. With a house full of girls, he never wavered from his loving disposition. He led his family in Godly paths, leading them in church. He left a wonderful Christian legacy, an example for ALL of us to follow. He taught his daughters the importance of hard work, dedication and integrity.
In his earlier years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Later in life, he would take up tractor restoration and become a proud member of the Arkansas Valley Antique Tractor Club. He was a jack of all trades, if he couldn't fix it, it couldn't be fixed. One of his favorite hobbies was serving as the community mechanic, keeping the teenagers cars running and on the road. When his daughters learned his handy ways, he would beam with pride when they would declare, "it's because we're Shorty's daughter!" He worked at Southwest Rebuilders in Fort Smith, AR until they closed their doors. He would then go to work at Whirlpool Corp. until he was eligible for retirement in 2004. In 1996 his first grandson, Matthew, was born. The two shared the same birthday and a special bond. In 1997, another grandson, Zachary, was born. Both boys were the apple of his eye.
Leon is survived by his wife and best friend of 54 years, Sue Norris Moore. Additionally, three daughters and their spouses, Lisa Sue Moore Nichols and Nelson Nichols, Angela Christine Moore Brown and Donnie Brown, Tammy Leann Moore Teague and Jason Teague, all of Mansfield, AR. Leon is also survived by two grandsons, Matthew Nichols and his wife Kimberly Nichols, and Zachary Brown, three sisters, Darlene Jacobs, Charlene Alewel, both of Kansas City, KS, and Julia Moore of Crossville, TN, a cousin, Tommy Baker of Arizona, and a host of other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Loyd and Ruby Moore, a twin brother, Leonard Moore, two brothers, Howard Moore and Terrell Moore, and a sister Jane Yancey.
Leon's Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 21 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Donnie Wagner and Rev. Les Elmore officiating.
Interment will at Pine Log Cemetery, near Booneville, AR.
Visitation will be at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, December 20, from 5-7 p.m.
Pallbearers are Nelson Nichols, Jason Teague, Matthew Nichols, Zachary Brown, Tommy Norris and Kevin Jolley. Honorary Pallbearers are Donnie Brown, Bill Weaver, Carl Nichols, Bill Mullens, and Advel Ricks.
If Leon were here, his parting words to you would be "make sure your life is right with Jesus so that it's not goodbye, but see you soon."
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