Norman married Frances Williams in Pocahontas, Ark. on May 23, 1953. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bloomfield.
Norman was a successful farmer and landowner in several surrounding counties. He later was a livestock breeder and livestock dealer, finishing many pens of cattle in Kansas feedlots.
He was elected presiding commissioner of Stoddard County in 1987, serving 12 years until 1998. He gave Stoddard County the best he had to offer and saw many improvements while holding that office. He always took pride in the fact that his family, who have resided here since before 1840, helped build Stoddard County. Further, his great-grandfather, William Parker Moore, held the same presiding judge seat 100 years before he did.
The big surprise and joy of his life was the birth of his son, Richard Waid, after he and Frances had been married 24 years. He took such pride in his son as he watched him grow up and later become an attorney. Another great joy of his life was when Richard married who was to be the next attorney in the family, Susan, whom Norman dearly loved.
He is survived by his wife Frances of Bloomfield; son Richard and his wife Susan of Jefferson City; brother, Wayne Moore of Bloomfield; sister-in-law (who he considered a sister), Faye Ellis of Dexter; many nieces and nephews; and other loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Orbin Moore on May 11, 2009; and his sister, Marie Moore Ervin on May 21, 2009. All three of the original children died within a 16-day period, a bond among the three children that is unexplained.
Visitation will be held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2009. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2009 in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Susan Hoyle officiating.
Burial will take place at West Antioch Cemetery west of Bloomfield, where the first Moore relative was laid to rest in 1883.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 302, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825.