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Retired dairy farmer dies in traffic accident

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Moore hit by pickup truck while on his riding lawn mower

By Lisa King

The community of Shelby County shocked by the tragic death Wednesday of a retired dairy farmer who was killed when the riding mower he was driving to his mailbox was struck by a pickup truck.

The death of Herman Moore, 87, is made even more tragic by the fact that the other driver, whom police have declined to identify because he is a minor, was not at fault, police said.

“He was a seventeen-year old high school student who had just started driving,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s detective Jason Rice.

He added that the young man told him that he was watching Moore, and slowed down considerably to ease on by him.

“Then when he got close to him, he [Moore] started crossing, and he [other driver] couldn’t stop,” he said.

Dave Charlton, pastor of First Christian Church, who will preside at Moore’s funeral, said in addition to grieving over Moore, he also felt bad for the driver.

“I feel so sorry for that young man; I really do,” he said.

Charlton said that Moore was one of the first members of the church to welcome him when he became pastor at First Christian, and they have been good friends ever since.

“Herman was such a nice person, a really sweet, kind man, he really was,” he said. “He was an old school gentleman and I mean that in the best way. And the thing is, I’m not really sure that he ever knew how much he was loved in our congregation. He was very humble. He didn’t like you to make a fuss over him. But he deserved it, if anybody did.”

Moore, a lifelong dairy farmer, had moved to Harrington Mill road after retiring from the dairy business in Simpsonville. He and his late wife, Doris, had one child, Linda; she and her husband, Mike live in Simpsonville. He also had three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Bill Matthews, a lifelong friend of Moore’s – agreed with Charlton that Moore deserved some recognition simply for being the wonderful person that he was.

“He just worked hard all his life; he went to church, and he loved his wife and his family,” he said. “He was the salt of the earth. He was a man of great faith, and he was solid as a rock. And how he loved his wife. Before she died [in 2001], he literally nursed her, it was unbelievable the way he took care of her – they were so devoted.”

Even after she became ill, she still tried her best to keep cooking his favorite foods and never failed to keep leaving him “love notes” to keep his spirits up, Matthews said.

Matthews said that his friend may not have been a high profile kind of guy, but his loyalty to his friends and family was above compare. He never asked for much out of life, all he treasured was the love of his friends and family and church family, he said, adding that Moore had joined the church’s Upper Room Bible Class as a teenager in 1944 and never missed going.

The one thing Moore wanted to do, he never got to, Matthews said, and that was take a long trip with his wife to someplace special.

Matthews said when he heard about his friend’s death, the first thing he thought of was Moore’s words to him.

“Herman told me many times that he never doubted that Doris would be the first to welcome him when he crossed to the other side.”