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Former county executive dies at 82
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Former county executive and prominent local businessman, L. Ray Moore, passed away Saturday night. He was 82.
Moore was Warren County Executive from 1986 to 1990 and was lauded as one of the state’s most progressive leaders. Promising to bring jobs to Warren County, he was instrumental in landing Bridgestone, Yorozu, and Aquatech, industries which pumped over $450 million into Warren County during his county executive term.
George Burck, who was industrial recruiter during Moore’s term, remembers him as a dedicated community servant.
“Ray loved Warren County,” Burck said. “He was elected at a time when the economic situation was not good. It was in his heart to do what he could to change things. I enjoyed working with Ray.”
Burck recalled a recruiting trip that went into Ohio, Detroit, and all the way into Canada.
“Ray was enthusiastic about finding new business for the county,” Burck said. “I think the legacy he left for the county is evident. Yorozu, Bridgestone, his administration was a high-water mark in the last 30 to 35 years in industrial development in Warren County. The county is still benefiting from what was done under his administration.”
Prior to being elected county executive, Moore spent 26 years as a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He was the co-owner of Molloy’s Laundry, founder and president of Snow White Dry Cleaners in Tullahoma, Van Drycleaners in McMinnville, and Carriage Cleaners in McMinnville.
In addition, Moore founded the Ray Moore Insurance Agency, which provided residential and commercial policies for over 20 years to Middle Tennessee residents, which was later acquired by Jerry Helton and Southern Insurance.
A community activist, Moore served on the board of directors for UCHRA, and the McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce. He was president of the Lions Club.
Mr. Moore was the 1965 recipient of the Jaycees Young Man of the Year Award. He served as deacon at Westwood Church of Christ for over 20 years.
“Putting Christ first, family second, and work third, Uncle Ray was a phenomenal influence on our entire family,” said nephew Ryan J. Moore in praising Moore’s life. “Known for his hard work, perseverance and self-determination, Uncle Ray always stood up for what was right.”