He married Norene Palmer on October 10,1945 in Sulphur Springs. She survives.
Mr. Moore served in the 8th Air Force from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the 452nd Bomb Group and the 730th Bomb Squadron. He was stationed at Deopham Green, England. He flew 25 missions as a tail gunner in a B-17 bomber, his first mission being D-Day. Joe worked for E-Systems in Greenville for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of League Street Church of Christ. He was also a long-time member of the National Rifle Association and the 452nd Bomb Group Association.
Joe had many interests including carpentry, restoring antique clocks for family and friends, hunting, fishing, inventing and improving existing inventions. He was an avid gun collector, for which he reloaded his own shells, and held a concealed handgun permit. He was an excellent marksman. He loved his friends, and was a true friend to many. Most of all, he loved his family.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife of 63 years. Also surviving are his two children, Linda Moore Riddle and William David Moore and wife Sheila; his grandchildren, Linda Moore Henderson and husband Dale, Joe Moore, Rebecca Riddle Bell, Michael Moore and wife Kim, and Jeff Moore; and seven great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Gareth, and Gavin Henderson, and Haley, Keely, Kacey and Ella Moore.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Luther Dike Moore.
Memorials may be made to National Rifle Association, the 8th Air Force Museum in Savannah, Georgia, and/or the League Street Church of Christ.
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