John Chrystor Moody – Wake Forest Obituary

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John Chrystor Moody

May 3, 1928 – Apr 10, 2016


John Moody passed peacefully on Sunday morning, April 10, after a 3 year battle with lung cancer.

A memorial service will be held at Butterwood United Methodist Church in Blackstone, Virginia, on Sunday, May 22 at 3:00pm. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Harman Moody; son, John C. Moody, Jr. (Chris) and his wife, June; daughter, Lynn M. Rannels and her husband, Jay, their 4 children Jaclyn, Christa, Jensen and Allison Rannels; and his daughter, Ellen M. Fuhrer and her husband, Rob, and her 4 children, Jacob, Elize, John, and Emma Yacovelli.

John C. Moody was born on May 3, 1928, the son of Arthur M. Moody and Grace Atkinson Moody. Their home was located in the western region of Dinwiddie County – an area which is now Ft. Pickett.

After military service, during the Korean conflict, he married a teacher in the county, Elizabeth Louise Harman, from Tazewell.

They moved to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, where he worked in the Night Vision Labs of Ft. Belvoir. After he completed his degree in Physics at American University, he moved his family to Laurel, Maryland, and worked as an aerospace engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) at the time of the early development of Weather and Earth Observation Satellite Systems.

In the 70’s he obtained property in the Darvills community of Dinwiddie County and retired to his home there in the early 90’s. He was a proud family man and in his later years was very proud seeing his grandchildren develop into well rounded citizens. He was an active member of Butterwood United Methodist Church and worked to place it on the National and State Registers. He served in several positions in the Dinwiddie County Historical Society and edited their newsletters. He was a member of the Darvills Ruritan Club for many years.

Even after death, he is continuing to help his fellow man. He has donated his body to the Duke Anatomical Gifts Program for research purposes.

In lieu of flowers, all gifts and donations should go to the Duke Cancer Institute, DUMC Box 3494
20 Duke Medicine Circle, Durham, NC 27710,