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Shirley Hall Moore

Shirley Hall Moore, of Plainville, GA, died on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the age of 81 after a long illness. She was born in Atlanta GA May 21, 1933. Her father, Dr. W.D. Hall Sr. was finishing medical studies at Emory University when she arrived. Later, Dr. Hall and his wife Ruby Koon Hall moved to Calhoun, GA where Dr. Hall and Dr. Zeb Johnston opened the first hospital in Gordon County known as the Johnston-Hall Clinic. A former Homecoming Queen and cheerleader at Calhoun High School, she also was involved in glee club and band and studied piano from an early age, winning lst place for Piano in the State GMEA competition at Shorter College. Mrs. Moore attended Stephen’s College in Missouri where she received scholarships for leadersip, music, and education. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Piano from Georgia State University. Her graduate studies included the University of Boston, European Division, and the Hochschule fuer Muzik in Mannheim, Germany. In 1965, she and her family moved to Europe where she worked for the Dept. of the Army and the University of Maryland while her children attended Hochschule in Bad Nauheim, Germany. After returning to the US 9 years later, she met and married Jack Moore, a prominent Atlanta businessman and founder of Moore-Colson, Atlanta. She taught at Mercer Music Prep School in Atlanta, and at Emory University for 15 years, becoming well recognized as a professional accompanist and adjudicator. She served two terms as Pres. of the Marietta Music Club, and the Atlanta Music Teachers Association and was a Trustee and Scholarship Chair of the Pro-Mozart Society as well as a member of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity. Mrs. Moore was the recipient of the National Federation of Music Clubs award for composition, and the GA State Univ. Ritter Award for Outstanding Performer. In 1991 she won the Mu Phi Epsilon International Composer award for best composition, for flute and piano: Ori-Occi. Her compositions were performed in Germany, Australia, and many major cities in the US. In 1984, she toured Mexico with the international organization Women in Music, performing and lecturing at the Bellas Artes Auditorium in Mexico City and the state of Zacatecas. She also received the Woman of the Year for Music Award from the National League of American Pen Women in 1985. When she was commissioned by the GA Federation of Music Clubs to write a work in honor of their 100th anniversary, she wrote a choral work with Latin translations from the Vulgate titled “Cantate Domino” for the occasion. She has written many songs, a short choral work: “Faith”, a children’s song, pieces for flute, and solos for piano. One of her performing highlights was accompanying the Atlanta Boys Choir in NY City’s Town Hall accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra. Shirley pursued her love for teaching, performing, and learning throughout her life. In 1985 she published her first book, a French-English Music Dictionary which is found in college libraries and in five countries. She later published her second book, “I Speak Southern, Do Ya’ll” in 2011; a year before a major stroke took away the use of the left side of her body. This did not stop her joy of living. She continued her love of music by adapting her piano skills to her right hand only. She continued to play the piano daily in this manner until just before her death. After retiring to LeiHall Farm in Plainville, with the help of her daughter, Rhonda Hobgood Shanon, she expanded her interests and awareness in gardening, fishing, and nature preservation. She attributed her sensitivity to nature and the arts to her mother who had degrees in French Literature and Art. Mrs. Moore and her husband Jack shared the outdoor life with great passion. They bagged frozen fish by the dozens from their private lake to share with their church members at Plainville United Methodist Church where Shirley became the regular Sunday pianist. She is survived by her daughters; Rhonda Shannon of LeiHall Farm, Plainville, GA, Teresa Lowe and her husband Steve of Mobile, AL, one son, Wesley Hobgood and his wife Sheila of Columbia, S.C. and one step-daughter Rebecca Jensen and her husband Dr. Eric Jensen of Huntsville, AL, Grandchildren; Brady Macomber, Jory Shannon, Courtney Soldwish, Kelly Kelone, Dallas Hobgood, Jr and his wife Amber, Cody Hobgood, and Caroline Hobgood, two great grand children and her brother Dr. W. Dallas Hall, Jr.and his wife Peggy of Atlanta, GA. A sister, her mother and father, and two husbands preceded her in death. She had a lot of stamina and drive. Cancer slowed her down a bit, as well as bones that became fragile, a subsequent stroke and heart attack but her determination to accept her fate with gratefulness for all the good things that life had handed her was predominant. Her philosophy in life was to do the best possible with your God-given gifts, never lie or discriminate and be kind to others. She believed that to be intolerant, lazy and stagnate were the greatest of sins. Funeral Services will be conducted on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Reverend Bill Lowery officiating. Graveside Services will follow on Monday, April 27th at 2:00 PM at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, GA where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, Jack A. Moore. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral on Sunday beginning at 12:30 PM. Donations in lieu of Flowers may be made in loving memory of Shirley Moore to Floyd Heyman Hospice, Rome GA. Contact 706.509.3200 or to Plainville United Methodist Church; The Jack Moore Memorial Fund, Plainville, GA. 30733. You may leave the family online condolences at For additional information or to send flowers contact: Thomas Funeral Home, 535 Red Bud Road, Calhoun, GA.30701 706.629.2832 Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Shirley Hall Moore of Plainville.


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I remember when Shirley taught me to play the piano when I was a young girl. She was very patient and encouraging. What a wonderful obituary. She was a good friend of my mother, Anne Ransom. We both send warm love and good wishes for her family. Love Barbara Ransom Hays.

Barbara R Hays Dec 31 2015 4:15 PM

I remember when I first met Shirley it was such a warm feeling of needing me . I will always hold a place in my heart for her . God has sent for a very special Angel he needed someone to play in his symphony . She would always say lets listen to my music I composed this for hours we would just sit not talk but take it all in . I was a companion for Shirley six months and wouldn't have traded it for anyone else. Shirley would always correct me on my grammar being from Texas I would tell her we don't talk like that in Texas but she still would want me to say it properly so I obliged . Shirley loved crossword puzzles she would have me looking up words we never heard of and being a retired school teacher I was Mr Webster although at times she always knew more or I wanted to please her anyway she has left a life long impression on me . She loved her family very much and it pained her to see bickering in her family because everyone was suppose to be so perfect . Sunday when I went to pay my last visit I could just here her saying Mary where is my make up I want it right in front of me so I don't have to look for it always dishing out orders . I grew to love her very much and I'm sure if anyone who knew her felt the same . Although she could be very honoree she always apologized . Love her and she will be missed until we meet again. Mary Graf ( private sitter.)

Mary Graf Apr 29 2015 9:12 AM

Rhonda, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. The tribute to your mother is beautiful. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Sincerely, Amelia Lord

Amelia Lord Apr 29 2015 5:51 AM

Shirley was one of the dearest and closest friends I have ever had. Not only were we long-time duo-piano partners, but also "social" as well as "musical" buddies. I always felt elevated and happy when I was with her. I never saw her in even one "bad mood". She radiated enthusiasm and excitement in any endeavor she undertook...and her energy was endless. She was truly an unique person who walked this planet and many will remember her positive influence forever. She will be missed. Love to her beautiful family. Jean Woodruff-Griffin

Jean Woodruff-Griffin Apr 28 2015 5:45 PM

Shirley was such an amazing and lovely lady. It was always a joy to be around her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Dian Lawler-Johnson

Dian Lawler-Johnson Apr 28 2015 4:44 PM

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Frankie Tucker Apr 26 2015 1:15 PM

Shirley was a faithful member of our Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon professional music fraternity for many years. I remember many meetings where she graciously hosted us at her home. And her sweet husband would help us get our cars up and down the hill at her house. We will miss Shirley. Julia Torbert

Julia Torbert Apr 25 2015 5:38 PM

The Atlanta Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon extends our heartfelt sympathy. Our musical sister Shirley will be missed. Her talent, humor and graciousness enriched our lives. Her contributions to music through her compositions will live on through the ages.

Arietha Lockhart Apr 25 2015 8:56 AM

Please extend my sincere condolences to Mrs. Shirley Moore's family. I had the considerable pleasure of doing a recital with Mrs. Moore several years ago. Her friendly and expert support as coach and pianist was truly a rewarding experience. Mary M. Boyle

Mary M. Boyle Apr 25 2015 8:37 AM