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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 7:28 pm

William Fredrick Moore Jr., or Fred as most knew him, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He had just celebrated his eightieth birthday.

Fred was born on July 8th, 1938 in Lawtey, Fl; to William Fredrick Moore, Sr. and Mary Boyer Moore. He was the fourth child of ten, and the first-born son. He spent his childhood growing up around the produce business following his father. He graduated from Bradford County High School; Class of 1957.

Fred joined the Marines and the National Guard and had a brief career in the new and challenging industry with IBM’s 701 (early computers) and the Western North Carolina manufacturing business. He had strong ties to the Hendersonville area and was married and began his own family there.

Fred’s real interest was farming, and he spent the next fifty years in South Florida around Homestead representing local vegetable farmers and fruit growers. He was well known and respected in the farming community, and successful, always having the farmers best interests; and found lifelong friends in the agriculture industry. He will always be remembered for the truckload of fresh vegetables he donated at Thanksgiving. Fred retired in 2013 to relax and enjoy his home on Kingsley Lake, a cherished dream.

Fred loved Kingsley Lake and spent every summer there over the years… sharing it with his family. He was always welcoming loved ones to come and enjoy a visit and hosted an annual reunion to celebrate his mother’s birthday; continuing the tradition after she passed. After his retirement, he also reconnected with his Bradford County High School classmates who lived in the surrounding areas. And he attended regularly the Kingsley Lake Men’s Breakfast every month.

Fred is survived by his wife Valeri, and his 5 children, and 5 grandchildren, Rick Moore of Gainesville, FL and grandson Coby; Pamela Nevers, husband Kevin and grandson Kyle of Homestead, FL; Greg Moore of Middleburg, FL; Jason Moore, wife Serenity and granddaughter Jessica, grandsons Jacob, and Jordan of Hendersonville, NC; and Patrick Moore of Jacksonville, FL; His first great grandchild, Hudson, is due to be born end of August. Fred’s surviving sisters Gayle Todor from Daytona Beach, FL; and Georga (Reeney) Houseman from Jacksonville, FL; and surviving brothers Jimmy from White Springs, FL; RC (Chuck) and wife Celia from Cooper City FL, and Michael (Mickey) and wife Denise from Lawtey, FL. We will all miss him greatly.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 4th at 11am at the Kingsley Lake Baptist Church, 6289 Mary Dot Ln, Starke, FL 32091. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Fred's life.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Make-A-Wish in memory of his late grandson Tyler Nevers. (Make a Wish of So. Fla; 4491 S State Road 7, Suite 201, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. 33314)

The family would also like to thank the staff at St. Vincent's Medical Clay County, and the Haven Hospice Orange Park for their diligent care, kindness, and effort.

Arrangements are by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL HOME OF STARKE 904-964-6200.