Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

In Memoriam: Past Region 5 Director Bill Moye

In Memoriam: Past Region 5 Director Bill Moye

ATPE is saddened to share the news of the passing of ATPE member William “Bill” Jennings Moye on June 8, 2023. Moye represented Region 5 ATPE on the ATPE Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015.

Born in Beaumont, on Sept. 14, 1942, Moye was the son of Tryian and Sybil Moye. He lived a full life and had tremendous intellect. Moye excelled at everything he set his mind to as he served as an adult scout leader for decades and even achieved the Vigil Honor from the Order of the Arrow.

Moye was an active member of Warren ATPE and served in many Region 5 ATPE officer roles. He also taught Sunday school lessons at his church. Moye’s unique sense of humor could fill the whole room with laughter. He enjoyed many hobbies, including taking part in historical battle reenactments and listening to country music.

Moye was kind and always willing to help those in need. He was a loving father and grandfather, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him during his journey through life.

Sue Allen taught with Moye at Warren High School, and they both served as Region 5 ATPE officers.

“Bill was a dedicated teacher and became an outstanding ATPE leader on all levels,” Allen says. “He was an outstanding historian and history teacher who always had a story to tell. I loved sharing a table with him at any meeting because he could keep all of us entertained—especially in those boring faculty meetings we have all had to sit through over the years. Bill was a true friend who loved his family and was always talking about them.”

On the Claybar Funeral Home Bill Moye Memorial Wall, several of Moye’s former students shared their thoughts and memories.

“Mr. Moye was one of the most caring teachers I ever had,” Daniel Odom wrote. “He was passionate about education and bettering the lives of his students, and he was one of the reasons I chose a career as a teacher. I offer prayers for the family, and thanks for all the years you shared Mr. Moye with his students.”

Karl Tolar shared: “Mr. Moye was one of those teachers that connected with students on a life level, not just at the point of education. Anytime I ran into him after I graduated, it was always a good catch-up conversation. He had a robust sense of humor, and it was always a good time talking with him about the world. He made a lasting impression on many young people and I’m glad to have been one of them.”

“It’s been about seven years since being in Mr. Moye’s class, and he was always very sweet,” Caly Bradford wrote. “My favorite times were once a year when he would bring the cannons to school to let us see them and hear what they sound like when fired. He will be missed.”

ATPE extends its sympathies to the Moye family and friends.