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Former McMurry Football Coach Wilford Moore Passes Away

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The McMurry University community is saddened to learn of the passing of Coach Wilford Moore on Tuesday, January 21.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 27th at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Abilene, Texas with Rev. Clark Williams officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Hammons Funeral Home in Littlefield, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Littlefield Memorial Park in Littlefield. Burial will follow in Littlefield Memorial Park.

Wilford Moore was the most successful coach in McMurry Indians football history and has the McMurry football stadium named in his honor.

Moore coached at McMurry for several years and was the head football coach from 1947-54 where he led the Indians to a 48-25-5 record, four conference championships, and was named the Texas Conference Coach of the Year in 1948, 1949 and 1953. His winning percentage of .610 is the highest among all the head coaches in McMurry history with a minimum of 20 victories. At McMurry he coached players like Les Cowan, Brad Rowland and Grant Teaff.

A native of Littlefield, Texas, Moore earned his physical education degree from Hardin–Simmons University in 1941. He was an assistant coach at Abilene High in the fall of 1941, but joined the United States Army Air Corps on December 9 following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

After returning from World War II, he served as an assistant in 1946 at McMurry and then became the head coach the next year, coaching at McMurry from 1947 to 1955. Moore led the Indians to the Oleander Bowl in 1949.

Moore later coached at Lubbock High School, Port Neches-Groves High School and Cleburne High School before returning to Abilene, Texas in 1972.

McMurry extends its heartfelt condolences to the Moore family during this time. Funeral arrangements are pending.