April 27, 1953 ~ November 13, 2018
Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Weaverville, NC
Wilton Henry “Pug” Moore, Jr., 65, of Weaverville, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the CarePartners Solace Center. A native of Asheville, Pug was a son of the late Wilton Henry Moore, Sr., and Emma Jean Freeman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Cheryle Lynch, his grandmother, Lizzie Moore, and granddaddy, Theodore Moore, who taught Pug many valuable life lessons and how to be a jack of all trades. Pug was a graduate of Asheville High School. He played first string middle guard on defense for the football team all three years. He excelled on the wrestling team in the 185-pound weight class, achieving very successful records, and earning runner up in the state finals for two years. An outstanding athlete, Pug also participated on the track team. He worked at Dave Steel for several years and has been a loyal and valued staff member at Groce Funeral Home since 1977. Following high school, he received a scholarship from the American Red Cross to attend Aquatic School at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain to earn certification to teach swimming. He taught swimming and lifeguarding at the Walton Street Park, the YWCA, and then at the YMCA, where he was a member of the water polo team. Pug began volunteering with the Asheville Police Department in 1978, riding with patrolmen, and maintained a close relationship with APD and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department up until his passing. Pug believed that even though a few “bad apples” could make a whole department look bad, there are many men and women serving in law enforcement who have great integrity and character, all of whom Pug respected and held in high regard. Pug started lifting weights in high school, and continued weight training throughout his life. He began competitive weight lifting in 1986 on the local and state level. He received many best lifter awards and trophies, and twice was ranked #2 in North Carolina at the 242-weight class. Surviving are his wife, Angie Cowan Moore; daughter, Janice Moore; sons, Wilton H. Moore, III, Payton Moore, Richard Moore, and Andrew Moore; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Diane Thomas, of Durham, and Dollie Coxton, of Asheville; brothers, André Freeman, Fernando Freeman, and Willie Hase Tobe; cousins, Vicky Waters, Wilton Waters and family, and Priscilla Robinson and family; and the Cowan family. He is also survived by the staff and family of Groce Funeral Home; the staff of Asheville Wilbert Vault Co.; owner Greg Pressley and the family of WNC Bar Bell Club; owner Jeff Flynn and the Jeff Flynn Fitness Center family; Asheville area funeral homes and florists; his family at the Asheville Police Department, the Buncombe Co. Sheriff’s Department, Woodfin PD, Weaverville PD, the NC Highway Patrol, and the surrounding law enforcement community; Terry Felkel, Scotty at West Asheville Exxon, and his friends at Cox Auto Service. Special thanks and appreciation is expressed to Pug’s workout partner, Big John Hamilton; Asheville Urological Group and staff, especially Dr. Ricky Bare; Asheville Hematology & Oncology and staff, especially Dr. Praveen Vashist; Dr. Ronald Caldwell at Park Ridge Health; Drs. Gottfried and Mann Dentistry and staff; the staff of the CarePartners Solace Center; and to all the churches that supported and prayed for Pug. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, at Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville, with Pastor Leslie Hines, Rev. Allen Rash, Pastor William Robertson, and Rev. Louis Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hills Cemetery, with the Asheville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guards serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the church for two hours prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Little Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 21 Hillside St., Weaverville, NC 28787.