GILBERT LEIGHTON MOORE AND SARAH DAGNAN MOORE
Gilbert is the son of Art and Effie Street Moore. He born in the New Salem Community October 15, 1935. He was the tenth child born to Art & Effie Street Moore. His brothers and sisters were Ernestine, George, Grover, Malcolm, Homer Gene, Carroll, Lola, Grace and Mildred. He grew up on the family farm of 45 acres and assisted his father with farming until his father’s death. Gilbert has worked at Rock Tenn Company, formerly known as Tennessee Paper Mills foe 32 years. He is now a tour foreman. He truck farmed and worked at the paper mill in order to rear and educate their six children. Gilbert’s father, Art learned the value of soil conservation on the family farm. In 1916, Art & Effie grazed through pine stumps and sandy soil which would have discouraged less courageous pioneers. Art found himself facing hard times for many years as his soil grew worse and worse. In 1935, the year Gilbert was born, the Agriculture Conservation program went into effect. Gilbert’s father was one of the first farmers to take advantage of the program. Experts recommended 50 pounds of lime and 150 pounds of phoshateper acre for the Moore farm. Art tried it but he doubled up. At the same time, he planted lespedeza all over his farm and started planting winter crops. He rotated and let land rest. Cattle soon became a new source of revenue on the farm. In 1952, Art raised 158 bushels of corn on one acre, scoring the largest adult yield in Georgia. He used 900 pounds 4-10-7 fertilizer and 200 pounds ammonia nitrate to get the champ yield. Gilbert was active in the 4-H and used provided cider for the Plum Nelly Clothesline Art Show and to benefit the Bookmobile service. The ice storm of 1960 destroyed the orchard.
this as his project. Gilbert (Leighton) was the last child left on the family farm to help his parents. They had a large apple orchard on their farm which
Gilbert has lived on this farm for 60 years except for the military days in Alberquerque, New Mexico and a short time in Tennessee. He and Sarah still reside on eight acres of the original farm.
Gilbert and Sarah married in May, 1966. Sarah is a direct descendent from Sam and Sarah Dugan Keefe of Slygo and New England. Her grandparents were James and Grace Keefe Castleberry and Will and Esther Chambers Dagnan. Sarah is the daugher of G. W. and Margaret Castleberry Dagnan.
Sarah and Gilbert have six children. Victor born August 6, 1967 and is married to Kelly Flinn and has two daughters, Laura and Sarah Ashley. Victor is a designer with Mesa Associates. Rachel born November 10, 1967 is married to Jeff Hedgecoth and they reside in Crossville, Tennessee. Rachel is a nurse. Samuel (Sam) is a student at Georgia Southern University majoring in Criminal Justice. Gayle Faye, Lebron and Richard are Gilbert’s children from a previous marriage to Reva Carroll. Faye is married to Robert Obrzut and they both are employed with Stellar Group, home based Jacksonville, Florida and Faye has two children, Rebecca and Greg. Lebron is married to Tammy Tater and resides in Michigan. He works in construction and has two children, Nathan and Alinda. Richard is married to Sheila Mosier and they have one son, Johnathan and reside in Madisonville, Tennessee and Richard is employed by Matsushita Refrigeration Company of America in Sweetwater.
Sarah has one sister, Mary Bailey and two brothers, James F. Dagnan and George (Buddy) Dagnan. Sarah is Superior Court Clerk since 1985, but has been employed with Dade County Government since 1979. She serves as 7th District Chairperson for Superior Court Clerks. She is involved in several civic organizations and volunteer groups. She teaches Sunday School (over 20 years). Sarah and Gilbert enjoy bowling. They bowl in a mixed league and Sarah belongs to Women’s International Bowling Congress and will bowl in the Women’s 1996 WIBC Championship in Buffalo, New York in April, 1996.
Gilbert loves golfing, gardening and growing trees, plants and flowers. They also enjoy their seven grandchildren.