May 18, 1945 – January 29, 2014
Sidney Floyd Moye Jr. of Matoaka, WV passed away at his happy home, Mountain Valley Farm, surrounded by his family and dear friends just as he wished it on Wednesday night, January 29, 2014.
Sid was born in Oak Hill, WV on May 18, 1945, the son of the late Sidney Floyd Moye Sr. & Ruth Virginia Canterbury Moye Hedrick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, Andrew & Mamie Canterbury; Paternal Grandparents, Charles & Agnes Moye; step-father, Clark Hedrick; sister, Virginia Faye Moye Hanshew Meadows; Step-brother, Jackie Hedrick; Grandson, Danial Allen Parsons.
Sidney was a member of the Springfield Primitive Baptist Church. He worked for over 40 years as a printer, from which he retired at age 60. He then attended college, graduating with an Associates Degree in Computer Technology with honors. After college, he worked as an IT Specialist with First Community Bank for 5 years before retiring permanently. He spent the last 5 years of his life tirelessly working to save the mountains and communities of Appalachia from mountaintop removal mining. Sid was a speaker for the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation and a member of Mountain Justice. His passion was homesteading and teaching others to live self-sufficiently and to be good stewards of this earth.
He leaves behind the love of his life, Dana Pearman Moye; daughters, Wendy (Steve) Johnston, Sarah (Dean) Howard, Beth (Tony) Lucas; sisters Margaret Dunn and Patricia (Clifford) Gwinn, and brothers Benton (Geneva) Moye and John Moye; step-brothers A.C. (Connie) Hedrick and Randall Hedrick; stepsister Brenda Hedrick Weikel; his Aunts, Nellie Grey Canterbury Dixon, Betty Moye & Elizabeth Moye; grandchildren, Rachel Anne, William Joseph and Matthew Sidney Parsons; Hannah Mae, Logan Elliot and Axyl Brett Howard; Kristina Allison Parsons, Lesley Dare and April Dawn Phillips; great–grandson Blaise Hudson Parsons; great-granddaughter due this Monday, Rilee Dare Parsons; special care givers Annie Jane Cotten, Kim Ellis, David Baghdadi and Mathew Louis-Rosenberg; and the nurses and staff of Amedysis Hospice. Sid also leaves behind a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
His generous heart and powerful spirit drew countless others to him that he was proud to call his extended Appalachian family. He also leaves behind a legacy of fighting for the mountains and people of Appalachia and the preservation of his home, Mountain Valley Farm, in a land trust to protect the property as a sustainable farm and education center in perpetuity.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that all memorials be sent to either the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation at 179 Summers St, Suite 234, Charleston, WV, 25301 or Mountain Justice P.O. Box 303 Naoma, WV 25140. These are causes that were near and dear to Sid’s heart. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Sun Valley Ruritan Building in Lerona, WV. A dinner will follow the services with visitation with the family. The Moye Family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.