Virgil E. Moss, 83, of Slater, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at First Baptist Church in Slater. Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. Organist Bethany Weiker will play "The Old Rugged Cross." Lois Jean Duncan will sing "God on the Mountain" and "He Grew the Tree." Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Tim Murdock, Ronald Simpson, Dale Simpson, Chris Moss, Clayton Baker and Brian Baker. Burial will be in Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church in Slater.
Born Dec. 14, 1920, in Annapolis, he was the son of the late John F. and Effie Lewis Moss. On Feb. 8, 1941, in Potosi, he married Maudie Marr, who survives of the home. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Slater and Cambridge Lodge No. 63 A.F. and A.M. He owned and operated an auto parts store for a number of years and later was in construction work before retiring. He moved to Slater from Livingston, Texas, in 1994. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4367 in Slater.
Additional survivors include two sons, Wayne Moss of Slater and Virgil E. Moss Jr. of Farmington; three daughters, Margaret "Margie" Murdock of rural Marshall, Beverly Hartle of Richlands, N.C., and Lois Jean Duncan of Auxvasse; two sisters, Kathryn Lucille Simpson of Carol Stream, Ill., and Opal Devenport of Alamogordo, N.M.; 17 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and two grandsons.