Eddie Lee Moore, Jr. (’69)


Eddie Lee Moore, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas on September 8, 1947 to Eddie and Valasta Moore and lived in Houston most of his life until his death on December 10, 2020. Eddie was the oldest of three boys; his brothers are Ronald Glenn Moore and Daniel Lawrence Moore. The “Moore Boys” grew up in Spring Branch where Eddie graduated from Spring Branch High School in 1965. After graduation, he attended the University of Houston and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Eddie had a long career in the toy industry, first working for Lachman Rose, a toy distributor, Ertl Die Cast Toys, and then Hasbro/Playskool Toys. He attended the annual Toy Fair in New York City for many years where one year he was named “Toy Salesman Of The Year” for Playskool Toys. Eddie did not have any children of his own, but he was loved by 4 nieces, 3 great nieces and 1 great nephew. Even though he was known for watching every penny, he had a generous heart and when his oldest niece was born, he gifted her with the biggest box of toys ever, that lasted through her first year of life! Eddie worked for Playskool Toys in Houston, Texas and then was transferred to Jacksonville, Florida. After a number of years, he returned to Houston, to help care for his aging parents. Later he became co-owner of Metallurgical Supply Company, MetSuCo, with his brother, Ronnie, from 2007 2014. After selling the company, Eddie retired to the Copperfield neighborhood in west Houston. Eddie was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church, West Houston Campus. He loved his immediate and extended family and always looked forward to the yearly Walla reunion where he could share stories and play games with his cousins. One of Eddie’s passions in life was model railroading. He was a collector of model trains and belonged to the All Points North Model Railroad Club in Conroe, Texas where he would bring his model trains to run on the extensive layout. He traveled to many places in the United States to ride on and observe working trains. Many hours of his leisure time was spent making accessories for train layouts or playing Scrabble. He enjoyed beating his brothers at Scrabble, and for a while was even in a competitive Scrabble club in Houston.Eddie had many “bonus” years in life as he survived 2 horrible car accidents, a cardiac arrest, and later in 2016 received an LVAD (heart pump) which he successfully lived with for 4 years. The last year of his life, he fought a valiant fight against heart disease, but died peacefully at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute on December 10. He leaves behind his loving family of brother, Ronnie, and his wife, Melinda, and their three daughters, Alicia Whitley (Eric), Kathryn York (Robert) and Haley Lopes (Tomas); as well as his brother, Danny, and his wife, Tracey, and daughter Corinne. He will be missed by his great nieces, Caroline Whitley, Lainey York, and Natalie York and great nephew Samuel Whitley. Eddie had many relatives and friends that loved him including his cousin, Ramona Fisher, and her husband, Mark, who were a great help and support to him in his life.Eddie’s family would like to thank the wonderful doctors and nurses at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute for their exceptional care of Eddie, especially during the last days of his life. Donations in memory of Eddie can be made to The Memorial Hermann Foundation at www.memorialhermann.org/foundation .A Celebration of Life Service will be held on January 15 at 2:00 P.M. at Second Baptist Church, West Houston Campus in The Williams House, near Fry Road and I-10.

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