Moore’s legacy

Published 9:40 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017

W. Roy Moore served decades as the clerk of the Lunenburg Circuit Court among other county positions.

His impact with those who knew him and with future generations was evident during a ceremony last Sunday at the Lunenburg Court House when a portrait of Moore was unveiled and to be hung in the second floor of the building.

Moore was a nearly 60-year employee with the county, with approximately 28 of those years as the county’s clerk of court.

The family members and friends who shared stories about Moore expressed much enthusiasm and detail about the his impact and his expression about the county’s history and those around him, according to the stories told.

Speakers noted Moore’s sense of humor and gentle leadership.

He was also cited as a leader with the Victoria Christian Church Sunday School and nurturing children’s interest in county government by hosting field trips to the courthouse.

His life spanned nearly the entire 20th century, being born in 1907 and passing in 1989. His impact on those who came after him was reflected in current Circuit Court Clerk Gordon Erby’s statement when he said, “It’s a great day for Lunenburg. Roy Moore is one of the greatest public servants in Lunenburg history.”

I didn’t know Moore personally, but I was honored to understand a small portion of his impact on those who knew him and knew of him.

To honor his service in the county with a fantastic portrait by Frances Willis is a remarkable gesture on behalf of the county, and I commend Moore’s niece, Betty Mae Daniel and Chief Judge Leslie M. Osborn and Judge S. Anderson Nelson for leading the efforts in carrying on his legacy.

Emily Hollingsworth is a staff reporter with The K-V Dispatch. Her email address is