LAWRENCEVILLE, Illinois — Edward Thomas ‘Tommy’ Moore, 78, Sumner, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana.
He was born on Oct. 1, 1941, in Shelburn, Indiana, the son of Denver Levi and Blanche (Roseberry) Moore. He married Ruth Waller on Nov. 17, 1961, and she survives.
Tommy became a musician and singer at the age of 14. In 1978, he auditioned with the Nashville Artist and Repertoire, Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee, with owner and producer, Bill Walker. He signed with the Concorde Record Label and became a locally popular country music singer. In 2000, he had a change of heart and began his relationship with Jesus Christ, and this was reflected in his music when his band changed to country gospel music. He enjoyed playing music at the local nursing homes and area churches.
Tommy was also an iron worker and a member of the Iron Workers Union out of Vincennes. He attended Island Free Methodist Church. His family will remember him as an amazing, kind and gentle person, as well as a loving father and grandfather.
Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Timothy Moore; one brother, Jerry Lee Moore; and one granddaughter, Amanda Simons.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three children, Tommy Moore II of Sumner, Tamara Nelson and husband, David, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Billi Toner and husband, Rick, of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one sister, Alice Plunkett of Yale; and five grandchildren, Brian Boushey, Kristen Pyland and husband, Bobby, Brett Parish and wife, Hope, Alex Moore, and Jacob Moore.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville.
Extended family and friends are invited to a drive through visitation at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. CDT on Sunday in honor of Tommy and his family. Please approach the funeral home from South 12th Street, and you will be directed by staff to pass through under the awning.
Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
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