Thomas Joseph Moran, age 81, of Daniels, WV, passes away at his home on Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Born on February 19, 1937, in Weston, he was the son of the late Joseph Patrick Moran and Minnie Lee Jarvis Moran.
Tom was a graduate of St. Patrick High School in Weston and attended Beckley College. He also attended Real Estate School and was a licensed realtor.
Tom served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired Vietnam Veteran from the U.S. Army with 25 years of service. He was a Raleigh County Deputy Sheriff for 13 years, where he was the first D.A.R.E. officer, and was a graduate of the WV State Police Academy in Institute. He also was a graduate of the Police Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Tom was a policeman for the Beckley VA Medical Center, where he served for 10 years, retiring as Chief of Police. He also had served as a substitute school bus driver for the Raleigh County Board of Education.
Tom was proud of his service medals that he had received, which include the following: Cold War Medal, Cold War Victory Commemorative Medal, Cold War Commemorative Medal, Vietnam War Commemorative Medal, Vietnam Tet Offensive Commemorative Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Defense Medal.
He was also proud of his Service Ribbons, which include the following: Army Meritorious Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Award, Air Force longevity Service Award, Army Enlisted Service Bars-Stripes (Hashmarks), Army Overseas Combat Bars, Bronze Campaign Stars, Bronze oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Bar with 5 Knots, and the Mounting Bar. Tom also had received the Master Parachutist Badge, Commanding General’s Gold Recruiting Badge, W/3 Sapphire Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, U.S. Army Citation, and Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Medal, w/palm.
Tom enjoyed motorcycle riding in his spare time and was a member of Gold Wing Road Rider Association.
He also loved buying automobiles! Those survivors left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 27 years, Diana, of Lascassas, Tennessee; a daughter, Shelia Moran, of Danville, VA; step children: Doug Brooks and wife, Linnea, of Cool Ridge, Connie Hess and husband, Bill, of Cool Ridge, and Sabrina Ickes and husband, Russell, of Cool Ridge; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a brother, James, also survive.
Funeral service to Celebrate the Life of Tom Moran were held at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at 5 p.m. Friends visited with the family from noon until service time at the funeral home. Military rites were conducted by the WV National Guard, Honor Guard.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free;
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all. I could
not stay, another day to laugh, to love,
to work or play. Tasks left undone
must stay that way; I found that place
at the close of day. If my parting has
left a void, then fill it with
remembered joy. A friendship shared,
a task, a kiss; Ah yes, these things, I too,
will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow; I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored
much; Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it
now with undue grief. Lift up your
heart and share with me;
God wanted me now,
He set me free.