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William "Bill" Douglas Moody April 4, 1947 - May 8, 2023

Born: Friday Apr 4, 1947

Died: Monday May 8, 2023

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William “Bill” Douglas Moody, 76, of Eden, NC, passed away at his home on Monday, May 8, 2023.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2pm, Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Osborne Baptist Church in Eden. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 1-2pm, at Osborne Baptist Church.

Bill was born April 4, 1947, in New Bern, NC, to Douglas Lynn Moody and Myrtle Christine Daugherty Moody. Bill graduated from Lake Worth High School, class of 1965, in Lake Worth, Florida. Following graduation, he joined the Marine Corps, training in Paris Island, SC, serving until April 4, 1971. On May 27, 1967, Bill married Mary Elizabeth May, in Durham, NC. He joined IBEW#323 in West Palm Beach, FL, and graduated from apprenticeship training and became an inside electrical wireman. He worked throughout Palm Beach County and across the country on condos and power plants as a wireman, welder and teacher in the apprenticeship program. Later, he and Mary owned and operated Ye Olde Lollipop Shoppe for over 5 years. Bill also worked for Lake Worth Utilities as a Systems Operator, buying and selling power for the city for 18 years. He retired in April, 2003, when he and Mary moved to Eden and enjoyed 20 years of retirement. They became members of Osborne Baptist Church and he worked in numerous ministries. He was known as Santa Bill to many children in the county and also special needs kids in Forsythe County.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary May Moody; daughter, Michelle Lynn Bigham (Todd) of Cary, NC; son, Chad Errol Moody (Jennette) of Jacksonville, FL; grandson, Hank Moody and granddaughter, Becca Moody of Jacksonville, FL; brother, Joseph Clifton Moody (Carolyn) of Havelock, NC; sister, Deborah Lynn Willhoit (Bob) of New Bern, NC; sister-in-law, Judy May Snyder of Cedar Grove, NC; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bill is preceded in death by his father, Douglas Lynn Moody; mother, Christine Daugherty Moody Cooke; step-father, Major Cooke.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to OBC Building Fund, 326 Stadium Dr, Eden, NC 27288.
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Although I didn't really know Bill, the few times I was in his presence, he was such a a kind and gentle soul!  My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they begin coping with life without him! We have planted some irises from his yard by the porch of our church!  They are a constant reminder of him!

Alberta Potter

Bill was a really nice guy. So glad he had Jesus!

Peggy chamberlain hoefl occhiuzzo

To Mary and family:

Our hearts are saddened by the passing of Bill.  We know he is celebrating in heaven and was looking forward to seeing Jesus!  We have so many wonderful memories of Bill.  He was always smiling and we loved to hear him laugh!  Bill was such a joy to be around!  Our children, Makenzie & Aaron enjoyed being around Bill!  They too loved him very much. 

Tommy enjoyed being at your house, working on Bill's truck and also working on your house. There were many funny stories!  Bill and Tommy had a true connection!  It was a blessing to see and quite entertaining at times!

We want to say thank you and Bill for always welcoming us into your home with so much love.  Our lives are better because of that love and friendship.  We are forever grateful.  

Mary, you and your family are in our prayers now and will be in the days ahead.  We pray you will be comforted every day.  We know Bill has a seat waiting for you, right beside him.


The Davis Family (Tommy, Tammy, Makenzie & Aaron)




Tammy Davis

Thoughts & prayers are with Mary & the entire family. 🙏

Carolyn Lancaster

Dear Mary and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. The two of you made us very happy to be members of OBC with you.

Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Jim and Faye Harrell 


Jim and Faye Harrell

Santa Bill was respected and well loved. He will be missed by so many people. Praying for Mary, the family, and all who loved Bill, especially the children. 

Cheryl Williams

This is Shawn Walker Santa bill was so kind and sweet never will I forget him it is a hard lost for me Santa I love you

Mary and family,i am so sorry you have lost the love of life, Bill  was such a nice man and will truly be missed by all.  In my prayers, Norma R.
Norma H Rutledge

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Bobbie Shough
Mary & family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Such a wonderful Man. He will surely be missed. You will all be in my prayers. God be with you. RIP  My Friend
Veronica Darby

So sorry for your loss. May Hod comfort and give you peace in days ahead 

JoeyBecky Martin

Mary, so sorry to hear this. As you know, Bill and I worked together during our time at Lake Worth Utilities. He was a great guy and very talented. He will be missed by all that knew him. Sending prayers to you and family.  Don

Donald R. Webb

Blessings to the Moody Family.  Bill was a good person and loved by many. Praise God for now he is in the presence of all loved ones who have gone ahead to prepare a place for us. 

Linda (Schmidt, DeVito, Naico) Corliss 

Linda Corliss

Blessings to the Moody Family.  Bill was a good person and loved by many. Praise God for now he is in the presence of all loved ones who have gone ahead to prepare a place for us. 

Linda (Schmidt, DeVito, Naico) Corliss 

Linda Corliss

Dear Mary, Michelle,Chad and families,

 Thinking of you all today and praying God blesses you with his comfort.  All our love , Hope ,Jim and Jack Walter

Hope Walter

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