Remembering Dr. Donald Ray Moseley

Dr. Donald Ray Moseley was born on October 19, 1933, in Ringgold, Louisiana, to Dayton and Rose Moseley and passed away Saturday, June 17, 2023 in Tyler, Texas.

As a dentist in a poor, rural community, Don often accepted vegetables and goods for payment. He also gave away dental care to countless patients who didn’t have the ability to pay. He was a quiet gentleman who believed in treating his neighbors with compassion and dignity, and he was well-loved in the area for this. Like his father before him, he recognized the importance of serving others. His father helped build the first Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, and similarly Don fundraised for organizations like the American Heart Association. Don was a model citizen, perhaps motivated by a chance encounter with President Truman while Don was a young Boy Scout. Don went on to serve in the Dental Corps of the United States Navy, mostly in the Pacific. His three older brothers were all veterans of WW II, and this was a big influence on young Don. His sharp mind, love of reading, and strong work ethic propelled his life, studies, and career.

It was while stationed in San Diego, that he met his future bride, Patricia. She had a great voice and a microphone, and she soon had his heart.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Lessard Moseley. He is survived by his sons, Donald Ray Moseley, Jr. and wife, Tammy, and Lee Charles Moseley; six grandchildren, Brittney Heffernan and husband, Cole, Christopher Moseley and wife, Shannon, Emily Wootten and husband, Mitchell, Dayton Moseley, Noland Moseley, Lincoln Moseley and two great-grandchildren, Hudson Moseley and Hunter Moseley.

Arrangements for a future service date will be posted here when determined by the family.

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