Ronald Dean Moore


Ronald Dean Moore

Ronald Dean Moore, 63, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, went home on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, after a short illness. 

He was a 1972 graduate of Bradley Central High School and graduated from Cleveland State Community College in 1975. He was of the Methodist faith.

He was a friendly fellow who was known wide and near as “Moore Ron.” Hewas a proud Democrat and was active in local elections.  He served as chairman of the Bradley County Election Commission in the 1970s.

He became involved in community service at an early age.  He served as president of the Cleveland Jaycees and Chapter Management vice president of the Tennessee Jaycees.  He served as the chairman of the Cleveland Bicentennial Parade and won The Outstanding Young Businessman of Cleveland in 1978.  He served as the chairman of the Cleveland Jr. Miss Program in 1978.

He became involved as a reserve officer of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in the 1970s, where he served as captain of the Reserves for several years.  He was a private investigator with John Cook and Associates.  He and Cook developed and offered continuing education classes to private investigators in Tennessee.

He was serving as chairman of the Bradley County 911 board when the present facilities were built.

He was presently serving as vice president of the Bradley County Historical and Genealogical Society.  He and his wife, Debbie, have co-hosted a local award-winning history talk show, “Old Town Cleveland” since 2009 on WOOPfm99.9. The couple completed six award-winning regional history documentaries.

He enjoyed working on genealogy and was a member of the Col. Benjamin Cleveland Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  He served as a volunteer for the Hiwassee Heritage Center in Charleston and was an active member of the Tennessee Trail of Tears Association.

His favorite past time was Bradley High School sports, especially football and wrestling.  He rarely missed a game or match before becoming ill.  He served several years as president of the Bradley Wrestling Boosters.  He and his wife, Debbie, served as photographers for the Bradley Wrestling team for a decade and in 2016 made a documentary about the Bradley High Wrestling Program.  He enjoyed mentoring the wrestlers. 

He was well known as a historian of local sports.  He served for several decades on the football “Panel of Experts” on Mix 104.  He hosted the “Wresting Mat” and often joined in on “Good Sports” on WOOPfm.

He played bass in several local bands and had written and recorded several songs with “The Tennessee T” band.  The band played hundreds of shows including  the National Jaycees Convention, and for the 75th Anniversary of the National Park Service.  “The Tennessee T Show” appeared on Channel 53 in the late 1980s.

He was hired as the first manager of Telecable Inc. in Cleveland in 1978.  He served as manager of the local cable system for over 20 years.  He retired at the age of 47, but returned to work to teach computer classes at Gateway Computers and worked for the State of Tennessee’s Welfare program, “Family’s First.”   He retired again in 2015 to take care of his elderly mother.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay Lake and Faye Epperson Moore; sister, Robin Moore Carter; and grandparents, Willie and Lissie Moore and Henry and Matilda Hayes Epperson.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debbie Stephenson Moore;  his children: Ashley Moore Coleman (Dustin) and Will Moore (Alliea); his greatest treasures, his grandchildren: Avery and Harper Coleman and Greyson Moore;  brother-in-law, Brent Carter; and sisters-in-law: Maryln Bandy, Johnnie Bandy and Vicki Rayfield. He will be missed by a large number of friends and relatives, and especially by his best friend, John Cook.

The family will receive friends from 3  until 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29,  2017, at First Baptist Church Cleveland, located at 1275 Stuart Road, Cleveland, TN 37312. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 p.m. at the church following the visitation. 

You are invited to share a personal memory of Ron or your condolences with his family at his online memorial located at 

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service and the Cody family are honored to assist the Moore family with these arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Friends of the Cleveland  Public Library Historic Branch located at 833 N. Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311.



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