William Douglas Moore

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

William Douglas Moore was a great man, strong and self-confident. He lived by no one's rules. Born a true Okie from Muskogee on Feb. 12, 1950, he lived his life for his great love - music.

He played with many locals, including the DeLuxe Blues Band, Blind Boy White, Greasy Greens, The Cate Brothers, Bible Belt Blues Band, Gayle de la Kruse, Mike "Wildcat" Alexander, Danny and Mimi Paulette, Tony Walker, Art Porter, Jr., and Lyle Pinkley. He played at the second inauguration of Bill Clinton as Governor of Arkansas.

He loved Eureka Springs for all its beauty and hometown qualities. He shared his soul every time he sang and played in Eureka and all over Arkansas and Southeastern Oklahoma.

He played his sweet heart out until 1999 when he suffered a massive stroke. He struggled with life's harshness for the past seven years, battling the ongoing damage. He died late on Sunday, Dec. 3 in the Tahlequah Hospital. He was the middle of three brothers and is survived by his older brother, Benny Moore and his wife Becky of Muskogee, Okla; his younger brother, Mark Moore of Muskogee; his daughter, Jessikah Moore-Braginton and her husband Pete W. Braginton of Eureka Springs; and his life-long friend, Joe "Hoss" Sells of Muskogee.

Moore's wishes were that his cremains be spread through the White and Arkansas Rivers that he and his brothers were raised on. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17. For directions, call Jessikah Moore-Braginton at (479) 363-9124 or (479) 981-3412.

The one thing Moore always loved more than music was his daughter, Jessikah. His favorite song he often dedicated to her is "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan. As an honor and a living memorial to her father, Jessikah has arranged that donations for the love of music can be made to Main Stage for the future of music and art so that the importance and power of music may live on through us all as it did through her father - and his memory will remain, forever young.