A Jack of All Trades, a master mechanic, a believer in God, a father, husband, a neighbor, a helper, and a friend… George William Moore, Sr. was born on Wednesday, February 2nd, 1938 to John P. Moore and Bessie Hardaway Moore in Eufaula Alabama (Barbour County) – the 3rd of 6 children. Otherwise known as “Red”, George was fond of his parents, and was co-parented and mentored as a child and adolescent by his uncle, George Hardaway.
George was a competitor throughout high school, having run track, played basketball and baseball, before completing his education at Rebecca Comer High School, and going to attend Tuskegee Institute to study engineering, eventually becoming an automotive technician and mechanic. Throughout his life, George challenged himself to learn new things, and to be the best at whatever he did.
George started working at an early age and never stopped. George picked cotton in Alabama, worked as a day laborer at Barbour County Hospital, and drove semi-tractor trucks in Orlando Florida – all before turning eighteen. Upon migrating to East Chicago in the late 1950’swith the assistance of his Aunt Annie “Sweety” and Uncle Ulysses Rivers, George continued to drive tractor-trailers and briefly co-owned a truck-stop. He would eventually find work in Inland Steel’s Number 2 Coke Plant, having worked in Inland for a total of 34 years-8 months-6 days-4 hours-15 minutes before retiring in 1993. His most treasured work was as owner and operator of hisauto repair shop – George Moore & Sons Auto Clinic, later becoming George Moore Auto Clinic – until his health would no longer allow him to work in November 2019. He had acquired loyal customers from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan from simply doing honest work and being fair.
George grew up serving God at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Eufaula, Alabama. In 1967, George joined the Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Church in East Chicago, Indiana, and served as head elder for over forty years.
In 1960, George married Mary Elizabeth Jackson (of Midway Alabama) in East Chicago, Indiana and immediately started a family, having eight children total. The hustler’s hustler – George worked hard to provide for his family, and instilled a very strong work ethic in his children.
George never met any strangers. He helped anyone he saw in need – sometimes at no cost, and would often ruin dress and casual clothing to ensure strangers made it to their destination safely. Georgetook time to share what he knew with other young men and women while performing work on their vehicles. George loved God, his family, friends, and the Chicago Cubs.
Family that preceded him in death: John P Moore (father), Bessie Hardaway Moore (mother), C.J. Moore (brother); Ida Ruth (sister-in-law), John B Robinson (brother-in-law), Minnie M Salary (sister), Obadiah Salary (brother-in-law), Le Carlo W Moore (son)
Among so many left to mourn his absence are George’s devoted wife Mary;his admiring children – LaFonda E Moore – Gary IN, George W Moore Jr. – Conyers GA, Garrett L Moore (wife – Tracie) – Ooltewah TN, Tabitha L Moore – Atlanta GA, Gabriel K Moore (wife – Dawn) – St. Joseph MI, Byron J Moore – Atlanta GA, Daniel C Moore (wife – Melanie) – Orlando FL; grandchildren –Jo’nece, Kendra, Mark, Ashley, Raiven, Gabrielle, Justin, Paris, Gabriel Conner, Mila, Mileena;1 great-granddaughter – Zuria Elizabeth; sisters – Juanita Moore (Georgia), Victoria Moore Robinson (Georgia), and Johnetta Moore Swain and Donald Swain (California); numerous nieces and nephews; loyal shop clients; church members and Lake Region Conference pastors; neighbors; former Inland (currently Mittal Steel) coworkers, countless friends, and those he helped.
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