Roy Moody



Roy Moody died on Dec. 8, 2019, at his home in Church Hill, Tenn. He was born on Jan. 9, 1943, in Glenville.

He was the son of the late Lewis Milford Moody Sr. and the late Ruby Stewart Moody. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jonnie Campbell; his brother and best friend, Lewis Milford Moody Jr.; and brothers, Mike Kaney, Chris Kaney and Tim Kaney.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Darlene K. Moody; his children, Melanie Brown and Chris Moody of Greenville, S.C., Mike Moody and his wife Cindy of Sylacauga, Ala., Traci West and her husband Kevin of Blountville, Tenn., Tony Moody and his wife Melanie of Sylva, N.C., Greg Moody of Huron, Ohio, and Dena Kilgore and her husband Bryan of Arlington, Va.; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; his sisters, Louise Evitte and her husband Lake of Greenville, S.C., Donna Necessary and her husband Chuck of Blountville, Tenn., Marilyn Mazza of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Bernadette Riess and her husband Walt of Placentia, Calif., and Angel Lynn and her husband Jerry of Graniteville, S.C.; brothers, Byron Culbertson and wife Dena of Pensacola, Fla., Gerald Kaney and his wife Maggie of Alexander City, Ala., Matt Kaney and his wife Vivian of Johnson City, Tenn., and Mark Kaney of New Ellenton, S.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and family; and his oldest and dearest friend since early childhood, Rev. Tommy Madden of Brevard, N.C.

He was a field electrical engineer with Fluor Daniels and Bechtel Construction and worked and lived all across the country and touched so many lives from coast to coast until he fell in love with Eastern Tennessee and Darlene to make his home in that part of the country. He said it reminded him of the Jackson County of his youth.

He was a constant jokester even cracking jokes about his passing right up to the end. He never met an enemy. His love of his family was only behind the love of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

An avid musician, he wrote many country and gospel songs and could sing and play with the best of them. He spoke of looking forward to picking and grinning with his all-time favorites, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones and of course the King, Elvis.

He served his country in the Air Force from 1961 to 1965, where he met his lifelong friend Vince Mazza.

The family will be celebrating his life on Jan. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Church Hill VFW in Church Hill, Tenn., where he and Darlene were married.