Alto - Funeral services for Terry Ted Moore, 88, of Alto, will be Wednesday, March 16, at 10:30 AM at the First Baptist Church in Rusk with Rev. Brian Givens and grandson Seth Daniel officiating. Interment will follow in the Old Palestine Cemetery in Alto. There is no visitation scheduled. Coach Moore was born April 7,1933 in Alto to Ted and Alene Watters Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandsons Cody Daniel and Caleb Moore.
He is survived by wife of 67 years Floyce Lindsey Moore, son Ted Moore and wife Betty, daughters Terri Daniel and husband Steve and Shannon Boniface and Husband Edmund, 5 grandchildren and their families Zachary and Susan Moore, Jaylee and Zoey, Josh and Kala Moore, Jace and Jackson, Jared and Kelsey Moore, McKenna and Cade, great granddaughter Savannah Jayne Moore, Tara and James Newman, Grayson, Julianne, Rhett and Colt and Seth and Lauren Daniel, Evelyn, Sutton and Abby. He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Jean Ann Moore and sister and brother-in-law Sherry and Larry Bagley.
Coach Moore graduated from Alto High School and then attended Stephen F. Austin State College where he played varsity football and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science. He later returned to SFA and earned his Master’s Degree in education. Coach Moore taught Biology, Physical Science and Texas History for 31 years, 30 of which were at Alto ISD. He also coached football and track for 23 years. Through his career he developed lifelong friendships with his students and his “football boys”. One of his favorite sayings about teaching was “I never had a student in whom I could not find something good”. He always told his football team, “A cool head wins a hot game.” Coach Moore will live on in countless people who he influenced and in his loving family whose lives bear the mark of his loving presence.
Our family believes Heaven gained a really great man. Our loving husband, Daddy, PawPaw answered his call home after living a full life here on this earth. He never met a stranger. Many times he would run into someone he knew or someone that knew someone he knew! And if he didn’t – someone would know him and would have made a friend that day! He truly had the gift of conversation. He had the ability to make others feel good about themselves.
In his 31-year career in teaching he leaves behind a legacy of lives touched by his love, kindness, selflessness and conviction to always try to do the right thing according to God’s Holy Word. “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
He taught us to smile by example – to smile at friends and strangers, to help the helpless, to protect and love your family, and to honor God above all.
He lives on in countless people whom he influenced, and in his loving family whose lives bear the beautiful mark of his presence. He repeated so many times that as a teacher he always found something to like in every student. We are better people for having known him, and are comforted by the knowledge that we will see him again one day. He is at rest. And we are at peace. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39