Obituary: Ulysses (Butch) Grant Moore Jr., 75

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Ulysses Grant Moore Jr. (Butch), born Aug, 10, 1938, of Newport, Tenn., formally of Bridgeton, N.J., and Tivoli, N.Y., passed away after a valiant fight with cancer at his home on Aug. 12, 2013. He had just celebrated his 75th birthday two days earlier.

Ulysses_Grant_MooreButch was born in Rhinebeck, N.Y. to Ulysses Grant Moore Sr. and Verna Elizabeth Rion Moore. Raised in the Episcopalian faith, he spent the majority of his childhood in Tivoli before moving several times with his family and settling in Bridgeton, where as a teenager he chose to stay with dear family friends, Homer and Fannie Raines of Seabrook, N.J., when his family moved back to New York.

In September 1960, he met the love of his life, Duane Marie Fournier. They married Oct. 28, 1967, and would have celebrated their 46th anniversary this year.

Butch held several jobs throughout his life, which included positions with E.I. DuPont, Pete & Hitch Ford, and Gratz Datsun before making the life-changing decision to purchase Brock’s Open Air Market & Deli and move to the mountains of East Tennessee in 1980. There he became a larger-than-life member of the community, loved by most.

He was preceded in death by his parents; beloved stepfather, Fletcher Reid Simpson Sr.; grandparents, and special friend Clay Webb.

He is survived by his wife, Duane Fournier Moore of Newport; daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela Marie and MSgt. Timothy Hefner (Moody AFB, Ga.) and Danielle Fournier and John Smith (Newport); and son and daughter-in-law, Ulysses Grant III and Robin Moore (Key Largo, Fla.). Grandchildren: SrA. Jonathon Rion and Katie Hefner (Andrews AFB, Md.), Autumn Brianna Hefner (Moody AFB, Ga.), Davin John Smith (Newport), Danae Marie Moore (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Lee Andrew Moore (Key Largo, Fla.) , and Great Granddaughter Alexia Belle Hefner (Andrews AFB, Md.) He is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank (Susan) Moore of Pa., William (Jerry) Moore of N.J., Fletcher Reid (Betsy) Simpson Jr. of N.J.; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy Lyn (Richard) Keil of Vt., several nieces and nephews, greatnieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and many special friends.

Butch despised funerals. He hated to say goodbye to people who were in his life. He always said he never wanted a funeral. He hated the sadness and the atmosphere that is a funeral. Butch maintained his sense of humor until the end. Sarcastic one-liners and jokes went on every day until the end. Butch loved life and lived it with gusto; so in following his wishes the family will be having a CELEBRATION of his life in the very near future. Butch would want to be remembered for his humor, lifelong friendships, new friendships and as the owner of Brock’s Market, even though we all know he depended on his wife, Duane, when it came to Brock’s.

The family is planning a future memorial service where they will ask for family and friends to please help celebrate Butch’s life in a way that he would have enjoyed.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers or any other kindnesses to please make a donation in Butch’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis Tenn., or The Wounded Warrior Project at

Family and friends may sign the guest register on line at

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