Vinton Wayne Moore, age 87 years, of Hominy, Oklahoma, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 at St John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a Hominy resident for 42 years.
Wayne was born in Manvel, Brazoria County, Texas on December 2, 1928 to Deral Ray and Ethel Francis (Crouse) Moore. He was the last surviving member of a large family of 8 brothers and 2 sisters. Wayne attended and graduated from Alvin, Texas High School and enlisted into the US Army in 1951. Wayne was active in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and retired in 1971 as a Master Sergeant (E-8) after 20 years of service to his country. During the Vietnam War, Wayne was Special Forces, Intelligence Specialist, Heavy Weapons Specialist and also was trained in Chemical Biological Radiological Warfare, Infantry Operations and was a Medic. He also worked as an interpreter with the Vietnamese and he taught and trained troops in Vietnam. Later, after Wayne retired and entered the US Army Reserves, he taught and trained the ROTC at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He received the following commendations for his service: The Army Commendation Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal 1st Award with an Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Service Medal, 4th Award with 3 Over Seas Bars, Good Conduct Service Medal 5th Award with Vietnam Campaign Medal with the 1960 Device.
Wayne was married to Betty Jo Anspaw who passed away on June 19, 1993. Wayne worked as a mechanic and drove a school bus for the White Oak School system in Vinita, Oklahoma. Then when he moved to Hominy, he worked for the City of Hominy and Tyler Well Service. He was a member of the Blackwell-Frazier American Legion Post #142 in Hominy and also the I.O.O.F. when it was active in Hominy. Wayne was a devoted family man, involved in his church and his grandchildren's lives.
Wayne is survived by: 3 daughters: Cheryl Stone of Broken Arrow, OK, Joann Fenton of Hominy, OK and Sandra Pray of Broken Arrow, OK; a step-son, Larry Combs of Council Hill, OK, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a huge, extended family in Texas.
Wayne is preceded in death by: his parents, his wife, Betty, his son, Louis Vernon Moore, his granddaughter, Tiffany Combs, and his brothers and sisters.
Graveside services were held at 2:30 PM, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 with the Pastor Larry Combs officiating. Military Funeral Honors were performed by the VFW Honor Guard, District 5, Rifle Team.
Powell Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences and memories may be left in the guestbook at PowellFuneralService.com.