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George Thomas Moody, 90

LEXINGTON, Ky. – George Thomas Moody was born on March 6, 1923 in Sacramento, Kentucky. After a long and happy life, he passed away in Louisville on May 6, 2013, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

We celebrate his love of family, his devotion to Jesus, and his sense of humor. Tom graduated from Daviess Country High School in1940, moved to Detroit, and went to work selling shoes, peddling brushes, polishing cars, and building tanks. During World War II Tom enlisted in the US Army Air Force and received an honorable discharge in 1945 as a second Lieutenant.

Tom Moody graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in education. He taught for two years at Bellevue High School in Northern Kentucky. He earned a graduate degree in education from the University. Later, he served as registrar and instructor at the Lexington Baptist College.

While a student at the University of Kentucky, the handsome soldier fell in love with the beautiful co-ed, Emma Reita Redden, from Hodgenville KY. They married in March of 1948; they remained married until her death in 2008.

Tom Moody loved Jesus and delighted in his association with Christian people, many of whom he had introduced to Jesus himself. Three gifts characterized his ministry for the next 40 years: pastoral visitation, Sunday School organization, and personal evangelism. He served three churches: Ashland Avenue Baptist in Lexington (1950-1960), First Baptist in Murray (1960-1966, and 1972-1992), and Florissant Valley Baptist in St. Louis (1966-1972). He was ordained to the gospel ministry by the Murray church in 1978. Tom toured Israel twice and also traveled to Taiwan. He went on many mission trips especially to Brazil, Montana, and Central America. These trips, and many other church social functions, transformed his G.T. initials into the affectionate nickname "Good Times" Moody.

We recall Tom: watching the evening news on television; bringing university students to the house for Thanksgiving dinner; kneeling with the family for evening prayers, camping with the family in Florida, the Smokey Mountains, and Washington DC; taking busloads of youth to Ridgecrest; playing Rook and Skipbo; and listening to Kentucky basketball on the radio.

G. T. Moody was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Moody; his mother Maple Claire; and his brother, Bill.

He is survived by his sisters Barbara and Louise, and one brother Bobby; also four children: David (Rana) of Edwardsville Illinois, Dwight (Jan) and Debbie (Bill Sapp) of Lexington, and Deena (Carl) Kuhl of Louisville; and 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, all of whom are above average.

The family will receive visitors from 10-12 a.m. EST at Central Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday, May 9. A service of worship led primarily by his grandchildren will begin at noon after which lunch will be served. He will be buried on Friday morning, May 10, in Camp Nelson National Military Cemetery just south of Lexington.

The family requests that generous memorial gifts be given to the Mission Fund at First Baptist Church of Murray, the Worship Fund at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, and the Mission Fund of Westside Christian Fellowship of Los Angeles. More than that, we urge all who knew him to honor his life by practicing kindness to everyone, telling someone about Jesus and his love, and organizing people for a good and Godly purpose.

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