Robert E. Moody

Mar 14, 2018
Robert Moody

Gadsden, Ala. — Robert Earl Moody, 71, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Bob was born in Camden Sept. 18, 1946. He graduated from Camden High School, where he played trumpet in the band and won the junior class speech medal. He attended Maine Maritime Academy from 1964 to 1968, where he was the drum major for the band, and upon graduation he earned his Coast Guard Merchant Marine engineering license and Navy commission. Bob studied engineering and health physics at the University of Michigan Graduate School.

He started in the nuclear power area in 1969 as a reactor operator/health physics and water chemistry technician on the nuclear-powered ship Savannah. Bob spent 42 years in the nuclear industry in various capacities, from the commercial nuclear industry to government regulation. He visited more than 50 U.S. nuclear power plants and three international plants while with the Institute of Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Bob retired from the NRC in 2011 and moved to his wife’s childhood home of Gadsden, Ala.

Bob was an avid golfer and the home in Gadsden on the No. 6 green of the Gadsden Country Club was a perfect fit. He played golf regularly with his friends and was a member of the Alabama 60-plus Golf Association. He won the Julius Fargus Trophy for the best score at the Alabama 60-plus annual tournament in Waynesville, N.C., in 2015.

Bob loved to travel with his wife and friends, and they were always on a trip, both in the U.S. and internationally. His favorite trips were cruises, because he loved ships. Bob was good at recalling trivia and loved playing it on cruises with friends. He was very good at music trivia because he could name most of the titles and artists of any '50s or '60s song. He and his family were frequent visitors to Walt Disney World and he always enjoyed seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and seeing his favorite character — Snow White.

Bob found woodworking relaxing and fulfilling and built many items for schools and church fundraising fairs with his son and other volunteers. Throughout his life, he could always be found fixing something.

Bob made friends easily at work and at play. He considered friendship one of the most important values in life. He will always be remembered for his giving back, teaching, coaching and mentoring. Bob believed what Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, Ala., the 60-plus Golf Association, The American Nuclear Society, and was a former president and member of the Board of Directors of the NS Savannah Association.

He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 33 years, Christine (Christie) Marie Adams Moody; his beloved son, David Adams Moody; sister Ruth Ann Allen; and brothers Roger A. Moody, Richard J. Moody, Raymond H. Moody and Raymond E. Moody.

A funeral service was held at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden March 9. Burial was at Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden.

To respect his wishes, the family requests no flowers and that donations be made to the Music Fund at First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, 115 South Fifth St., Gadsden, AL 35901.

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