On Friday, January 16, 2015, members of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Revolution paid their respects to the families and memory of Governor Arch Alfred Moore Jr.
Steven D. Hart, President of the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and Raymond M. Kane Jr., President of the Society of Sons of the Revolution in the State of West Virginia, attended the services for Governor Arch Alfred Moore Jr., which were held at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Raymond M. Kane Jr. is also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is Registrar of the West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. They had the privilege and honor of meeting with members of the Moore family, including U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito.
Governor Arch Alfred Moore Jr. was a member of both the Sons of the American Revolution and of the Sons of the Revolution. His Patriot ancestor was James R. Jones who served as a private in the Virginia Continental Line.
Gov. Arch Alfred Moore Jr., age 91, died on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. He was West Virginia’s first and only three-term governor, serving from 1969-1977 and again from 1985 – 1989. He also served in the US House of Representatives from West Virginia from 1957-1969.
He served in the European Campaign during World War II and was seriously wounded by German machine gun fire in Germany in November 1944. He was decorated with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and European Theater of Operations Ribbon with three battle stars.
His wife, Sadie Shelley Riley Moore, died in September of 2014, aged 88.
He is survived by daughters, Shelley Moore Capito and Lucy Moore Durbin, and son Arch Alfred Moore III.
Funeral arrangements took place in both Charleston and Moundsville, West Virginia, January 16-17, 2015, with interment in Moundsville, West Virginia.
After the ceremonies for Governor Arch Alfred Moore Jr., Steve D. Hart and Raymond M. Kane Jr. spent the rest of the day performing genealogical research in the West Virginia Archives and History library, which is located in the West Virginia Cultural Center. If you have the opportunity, you should visit the library of the West Virginia Archives and History which houses an enormous collection of books, exhibits, microfilms and other records.