Rex A. Moore (Papa Rex) passed away December 18, 2020 at Tri-Star Hendersonville Medical Center, Hendersonville, TN. He was born April 19, 1933 in Pascagoula, MS to the late James and Alice Moore. Rex married the love of his life, Ann Louise Mulvey, August 1957 and were married for 54 years before her passing in 2011.
Rex went to school at Our Lady of Victories from 1939-1951 where he played football. He was in the Army from 1952-1955. In 1966 he became an assistant coach for the Scared Heart peewee football program and in 1967 took over the peewee program at OLV as head coach and coached there until 1973 with the assistance of longtime friend Larry Toups. In 1967 he began the OLV Inner League Basketball program that was made up of four boys and four girls teams. The league continued until 1976. He coached the athletes of OLV Elementary 1st through 6th grades in various track and field events preparing for “Field Day” against the three other Catholic Elementary Schools in Jackson County from 1963-1973. In 1973 he left the ranks of peewee coaching and entered the realm of high school athletics where he was an assistant coach for the OLV High School Eagles football team. He coached until his son Mike graduated from OLV in 1976.
Away from OLV he coached Moss Point Dixie Youth Baseball from 1967-1970 and began his umpiring career in 1971 where he was Chief Umpire for the 1971 Dixie Youth World Series that was held in Pascagoula. He retired from umpiring in 1995, a profession that took him all over the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a high school umpire. In 2017 he was honored in the initial class of recipients into the Our Lady of Victories/ Resurrection Catholic High School Hall of Fame.
In 1987 his focus shifted to his granddaughters where he was found watching them play softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer, and of course dance. When he began having great grandkids, his focus shifted again. He was able to enjoy watching them play softball, soccer, football, baseball and basketball.
Rex was employed at International Paper Company of Moss Point for 42 years until he retired in 1997.
Rex was proceeded in death by his wife, Ann Mulvey Moore, granddaughter Olivia Pearl Moore, his parents, James and Alice Moore, brothers J.A. (Lura) Moore, Thomas (Velma) Moore, and Bernard Moore; sisters Yvonne Moore and Alice Moore. He leaves cherished memories to his son, Michael (Lisa) Moore, Hendersonville, TN; two granddaughters, Nyka Moore, White House, TN and Michaela Moore, Hendersonville, TN; four great grandchildren, Kayden, Michael, Olivia and Liam Albin, White House, TN; and three sister-in-law’s, Gail Gates, League City, TX, Margery (Paul) Thompson, Pascagoula, MS and Marilyn Mulvey, Pensacola, FL. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides sports, Rex enjoyed spending time in Gulf Shores with Ann, playing golf and during Christmas time, stringing lights on the Christmas Tree.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 10am – 11am with funeral mass following at 11am at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, MS. Interment Machpelah Cemetery, Pascagoula, MS. Pallbearers are his grandsons, Michael and Liam Albin; nephews, Paul, Brian, Nick Thompson, Gerry and Wes Mulvey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Resurrection Alumni Development Foundation, Post Office Box 394, Pascagoula, MS 39568.
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