Bert Lawrence Moore and Fridie Mae DeLay Moore

Bert Lawrence Moore was born on 3-16-1914 Dade County Georgia. and died 3-22-1980.  Lawrence was the fourth child of Bert Clements Moore and Katherine Driggs Moore. While working in Chattannooga, Lawrence boarded with the DeLay family.  One of their daughters was Fridie Mae.  Lawrence fell in love with her and they were married  on 6-1-1941. Fridie Mae DeLay was born on  4-2-1920 in Walker County Georgia and died 1-15-1987.  By the time World War II began, Lawrence was employed at Oak Ridge TN and was deferred from serving in the military.

The Moore’s have one son Daryl Garnet Moore who was born on 2-9-1949 in Catoosa County Georgia. Lawrence, an electrician by trade, lived with his wife Fridie Mae and son Daryl at 210 Washington Road in Rossville, Ga. for many years.  Lawrence inherited property on Lookout Mountain at New Salem from his mother.  This property in land lot 115 in now owned by his son Daryl. Daryl married, 6-23-1973, Lois (Loiy) Ann Dranchak, who was born on 7-18-1951  in Lancaster, Pa.  They had met at Georgia Tech where they were students. They were married after both completed college and reside at 300 Shadow Parkway in Chattanooga.  Their children:  Daniel Gregory, b .2-4-1979 d, 8-10-1979 Hamilton Co., TN; Kelly Daniel le, b. 5-13-1980 Hamilton Co., TN. and Keith Gregory, b. 2-1-1982 Hamilton Co., TN.

My brother, Ken Pennington, loves sharing this story about Uncle Lawrence. Brothers Ken and Peck Pennington were both briefly stationed at Fort Dix, NJ in 1962.  They had been given a three-day pass and decided to use it touring New York City. In the middle of Times Square, the sights of the tall skyscrapers and the thousands of pedestrians hurrying along awed them.  As the two young country boys from the top of Lookout Mountain walked along, taking in the sights of New York City, they were astonished to hear someone call out “Peck!, Kenneth!”.  It was Uncle Lawrence who had spotted them, neither knowing the other was there.  Uncle Lawrence was working as an electrician in nearby Grand Central Station. Even more astonishing than being spotted by Lawrence was his personal appearance.  He looked like a beggar with ragged clothing and holes in his shoes.  His confused nephews asked him about his condition.  He laughed heartily and explained his attire allowed him to move freely, unmolested, among the streets of the city.  He promptly began digging in a garbage can to remove a newspaper, quite proud of his clever methods of survival.  The boys and uncle enjoyed the unexpected reunion.  Lawrence informed his nephews that their Uncle Terrence and Aunt Francis Moore were living just across the river in New Jersey.  The next day they all joined together for a joyful reunion and exploration of New York City.  Uncle Terrence was not amused by the antics of his brother, the “beggar,” and after scolding him, refused to walk along with him, but followed a few yards behind the others.

Uncle Lawrence loved returning to Lookout Mountain.  My brother Ken accompanied him on several honey bee-tree-hunting trips.  Once a tree was located, cutting a deep “X” into it would mark it.  This was an accepted custom to others in the business that this tree was claimed.  In the fall when the honey was ready, the tree would be cut and the honey harvested.

Lawrence and Fridie Mae are buried at Tennessee Georgia Memorial Cemetery in Walker Co. GA Lot 262 and 263 in the Masonic Section.

Submitted by Virginia Pennington Scruggs Rising Fawn, Ga.

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