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July 31, 1919 - December 12, 2011 TULSA Joe M. Moore, Funeral Director and Funeral Homes Owner, one of the most caring, thoughtful, and generous men who ever lived, Joe M. Moore passed peacefully from this life to enter the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 12, 2011. At the time of his passing, he was the owner of seven funeral homes in the Tulsa area. The youngest of nine children, Joe was born to Herbert and Cora (Musgrove) Moore in Claremore, Oklahoma on July 31, 1919. He attended Whittier Elementary, Horace Mann Jr. High, Central High, New Mexico Military Academy, and Tulsa University. He joined the family business started by his father and brothers and, under his guidance and leadership, Moore Funeral Home grew from its original location at 1403 S. Peoria to become the largest family-owned group of funeral homes in Oklahoma. Currently, the Moore Funeral Homes locations have a staff of 47 and conduct over 1,100 funerals annually. Joe's singular message to his staff was to provide the best possible service to families in their time of need. He was an icon in the funeral business and was named Oklahoma Funeral Director of the Year in 1999. Joe had a great sense of humor and an even greater sense of compassion. In an industry that is long on hours and short on benefits, Joe provided the best for his staff. Joe was universally loved by his very capable and professional employees, most of whom have been with the company for over 15 years. He was a longtime member of the Order of the Golden Rule and NSM (an invitation-only trade organization which recognizes excellence in the funeral industry). Joe and his late wife of 53 years, Eunice, were faithful members of First Baptist Church in Tulsa for over 50 years. His best friend during much of his life was Dr. Warren C. Hultgren, and the Moores and Hultgrens took 13 cruises together, visiting Russia, China, the Middle East, and many other locations. Joe was a 32nd Degree Mason and sponsored many, many charitable and civic organizations, both personally and through Moore's. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eunice; and siblings. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Joseph P. and Lynne Moore and 2 grandchildren, Joe and Linda. The family plans to continue the business. The family thanks Dr. Steve Wiseman, Dr. Bill Hawkins, Dr. Nathan Uy, Dr. John Eckenrode and Oklahoma Oncology Inc. for the excellent care provided to Joe. They also wish to thank Lola Hettick and her staff, Rae Lisa, Sharon, Sherry, and Lupe, for providing much support and comfort. The efforts of Grace Hospice are also much appreciated. In lieu of flowers, contributions to: The Caring Center at First Baptist Church, 403 S. Cincinnati, Tulsa, OK 74103. Visitation 5-7 P.M., Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Moore's Southlawn. Service will be 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 16, 2011, at First Baptist Church, 403 S. Cincinnati, Tulsa, OK. Moore's Southlawn 918-663-2233 share memories at www.moorefuneral.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 14, 2011
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