Class of 1956
1956 Maroon Spotlight
Band 53-56, Drum Major 53-56, Basketball 53-54, Class Assembly 53-54, 54-55.
Thomas Ray Moore
February 4, 1938 – June 21, 2021
Thomas Ray Moore (Tom), age 83, of Perry, unexpectedly passed away at home on Monday, June 21, 2021.
Born February 4, 1938, in Perry, OK, he was the son of Chester Arthur (Chet) and Velma Elaine (Evans) Moore. Tom attended Perry High School where he served as class president 1951-52 and class vice president 1952-53, and to date he is the only person who served four years as drum major of the Perry High School Band. He graduated from Perry High School in 1956 and never lost his love for music.
On July 6, 1961, Tom married Lois Marie (Duncan) Moore. They shared 45 years together before her death in 2006.
He worked for the City of Perry and Perry Police Department as a police officer before joining the Perry Fire Department in 1967 where he held positions of fireman, Lieutenant, and Assistant Fire Chief before being appointed as Fire Chief in 1981 until his retirement. He also spent time working for Cooper Motor Company for his high school classmate Richard Dunford, Billingsley Electric, and Charles Machine Works, Inc.
For the last 30 plus years, Tom and his friends met for coffee daily at Kumback Café. Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially looked forward to his yearly pheasant hunting trips to Holcomb, KS, with family, a tradition that has carried on with his sons and grandsons.
Tom loved spending time with family where he shared his clever wit and contagious laughter. He also enjoyed playing board games, watching old movies, and listening to music.
Survivors include three sons; Timothy Ray Moore (Tim) and his wife Gail of Hedgesville, West Virginia, Thomas Ray Moore II (Tommy) and his wife Sherri of Edmond, and Chester Arthur Moore (Chet) and his wife Deanne of Perry. His grandchildren and (great-grandchildren) are Lindy Morris and husband Mark (Seth, Layla, Abigail), Chris Moore and wife Beth (Henry, Grant), Sean Moore and wife Danielle (Shae, Josie, Hayes), and Ryan Moore and wife Stephanie, all of West Virginia; Branden Moore and wife Ashley, and Jacksen Moore, all of Edmond; Cassie Moorhead and husband Wayne (Rhett, Lincoln, Ripken) of Vinita; and Clint Moore and wife Shelby (Zora, Stella) of Perry. Extended family: George Rapp and wife Sherry, and William Rapp all of Holcomb, KS. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son James Arthur Moore (Jim), brother Jack, and sisters Betty and Deanna.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 28, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Perry, with Minister Troy Woolery officiating. Interment will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery, Perry. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to: American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or Oklahoma State Firefighters Association (https://osfa.info).