Philip Hoyle Moore

  • Born: June 28, 1940
  • Died: November 28, 2020
  • Location: Nevada, Texas

Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

2343 Lake Rd.
Lavon, TX 75166

Tribute & Message From The Family


Philip Hoyle Moore, a resident of Nevada Texas, passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Medical City of Plano.

Philip was born June 28, 1940 at St. Joseph Hospital in Paris, Texas. He was the only child of Hoyle Love Moore and Theresa Elizabeth Phillips Moore, both of Roxton, Texas. In his younger years, he lived in Roxton TX and Taft TX. His family moved to Dallas around 1947 where he attended Obadiah Knight Elementary. In 1953, they moved to Garland where he attended Garland Junior High and graduated from Garland High School in 1958.

Philip often joked that his mom threatened to force him into "Beauty School" to be a beautician like her if he couldn't figure out what he wanted to do in life. To save himself from that, he enrolled at East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M Commerce) in the spring of 1960 to pursue his teaching degree. He was initiated into the Delta Tau Delta (Epsilon Eta chapter) fraternity in the spring of 1962. Philip often reminisced about his times as a Delt and called it one of the best times of his life. He remained lifelong friends with some of his Delt brothers.

After Philip graduated, he continued his education by pursuing his master's degree. While pursuing his masters, he got his first teaching job at Dallas ISD at Samuel High School as a PE coach and Drivers Ed teacher. He also coached at John Quincy Adams Elementary School. DISD began a new position called Community Specialist that Philip accepted, and he found the love of working out in the community with students and their families. From there, he would progress to the DISD Transportation Department to facilitate busing of hundreds of students.

In 1969, fate would lead him to meet the love of his life, Sylvia Samuel, at his doctor's office. While helping at home, Philip dropped a pair of pruning shears on his foot and it was bleeding badly so his mom took him to see the doctor. (It must be added that Philip would laugh at how he was bleeding "to death" and his mom still had to stop and do her hair and makeup before driving him to the doctor). He would tell people over the years that he thought he "won the lottery" with Sylvia by his side!

Philip and Sylvia married in March 1970. They lived in Garland TX for a time before moving to Rowlett where they raised their family. They celebrated 50 wonderful, devoted years of marriage this year. They moved to Bonham, TX in 1996, Van Alstyne, TX in 2014 and Nevada, TX in 2018.

Philip was an extremely hard worker, as well as a dedicated husband, father, and friend. At times, he held down 2-3 jobs at a time. Aside from teaching in DISD, he was the Director of Transportation for Richardson ISD for 13 years. He taught drivers ed part time for over 30 years in several places including the Julius Schepps Community Center, Sears Driving School and Texas Driving School. After retiring from Richardson ISD in 2000, he accepted a position for the Department of Public Safety running their Bonham TX office. He retired from there in 2011.

Philip loved hunting and fishing. He spent a lot of his youth hunting and fishing with his dad and uncles. He also loved researching his family genealogy. He loved sports, especially football and baseball, including the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and Texas Rangers. He tried to never miss watching his favorite teams! He will be remembered for his kind heart, his sense of humor and laugh, and his patient, selfless, giving nature.

Philip's biggest legacy is his family who loved him immensely. Philip is survived by: his wife, Sylvia Moore; his daughter Michelle Bardin and husband James; his daughter Amy Moore and significant other David Parker; his grandchildren Eric Moore, Kirsten Moore and fiancé Zach Vaught, and Ashley Bardin; his great-granddaughter Adalyn Vaught; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Lewy Body Dementia Association in Philip's name. Philip will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held in the weeks to come.