Joseph Donald Moody
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 7, 1931
  • Date of passing: Apr 20, 2012
Let the memory of Joseph be with us forever

Joseph Donald Moody died peacefully at his home near Creedmoor, NC on April 20, 2012 at the age of 81.

Don fought a ten-year courageous battle against a progressive degeneration of the autonomic nervous system called Shy/Drager Syndrome.

He was born in Lake Wales, Florida on March 7, 1931 to Ism Lawton Moody and Fannie Purvis Moody.  Upon graduating Frostproof High School in 1948 he left Florida the following day to enter Mars Hill College in North Carolina where he began to prepare for the Baptist Ministry which he continued at Wake Forest College.  Later, he attended Elon College in Business and Accounting studies.

Don and Bettye Roberts met at Mars Hill College and were married in 1951.  Vann Lawton Moody was born in 1952 and Suzanne Roberts Moody in 1955.

His military career began in 1950 with the N.C. National Guard at Butner.  He commanded several companies, served three years in the New Jersy Guard even receiving a promotion out of state.  Among other interesting assignments, he served as Aide de Camp to the Commanding General of the N.C. National Guard and taught C & GS classes.

He enjoyed the privilege of being accepted in the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, graduating with honors and consequently retiring with the rank of Colonel 0-6.

Don’s civilian career spanned 38 years with Western Electric and AT&T in Burlington and Greensboro as three years in Kearney, N.J.  His dedication to Guardian Ad Litem was very important to him.  For the past twenty years, he has given out Bibles with the promise that it would be read in its entirety.  

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 23, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Creedmoor by Rev. David Richardson.  Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Gardens in Creedmoor.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Bettye Roberts Moody, a daughter Suzanne Moody Smith, son-in-law, Melvin B. Smith, a grandson, Lawton Thompson Perry, a niece Kaye Buckner, great nieces, nephews and cousins, all in Florida.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 - 2:00 PM, Monday, April 23, 2012 in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church in Creedmoor.

Eakes Funeral Home, Inc. in Creedmoor assisting the Moody Family.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ed Riddle on 22nd April 2012

"Our condolences to Bettye and family.  Don hired me to work in his department at Western Electric in Burlington, December 1968.  I was a recent Elon grad and a Viet-Nam Vet verbally committed to a job offer from Union Carbide but Don insisted I come with him, a decision I never regretted. I am saddened by his passing.
Ed & Loretta Riddle, Graham, N.C."

This tribute was added by David Cummings on 22nd April 2012

"Our condolences to Betty and Don's family.  I worked for Don from 1982 until his retirement and knew him to be one of the finest people I ever met.  I have thought about him many times over the last few years and about how I learned a great deal from him and how I admired his leadership.  
David and Cheryl Cummings, Elon, NC"

This tribute was added by jacqueline bullock on 22nd April 2012

"Dear Bettye and family,
Jimmy and I have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.  May God grant you peace and strength for the days ahead.  Take care of yourself.
Jacky and Jimmy Bullock"


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