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This profile was last updated on 6/22/05  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Henry Franklin Moss

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Background

Employment History

  • Member, Original Board of Directors
    Browning Volunteer Fire Department
  • Sunday School Teacher, Chairman, Choir Member
    Rockfield United Methodist Church
  • President
    Kentucky State Rural Letter Carriers Association
  • President of the Third Region
    Kentucky State School Board

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Faith United Methodist Church

Education

  • master of science , education
    University of Kentucky
  • doctorate , horticulture
    Rutgers University
  • bachelor's degree , education
    University of Kentucky
Web References
Bowling Green Kentucky KY Daily News
www.bgdailynews.com, 22 June 2005 [cached]
Henry F. Moss
...
Henry Franklin Moss, 84, of Rockfield died at 7:31 p.m.June 20, 2005, at Greenview Regional Hospital.
The Bethpage, Tenn., native was a member of Rockfield United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher, chairman of the board, choir member and lay speaker of Dietrich.He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.
He served in World War II in the 526th Ordinance of the Heavy Maintenance Tank Company of the First Army's Fifth Corps, serving from 1942-45.In December 1945, he was part of the Normandy D-Day invasion and was wounded in Belgium.He was honorably discharged in 1945.His honors include EAME Theater Ribbon with five Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and Victory Medal.He fought in Normandy, northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and central Europe.
He received his bachelor's degree and master of science in education from the University of Kentucky and began a graduate internship toward a doctorate in horticulture at Rutgers University in New Jersey that was interrupted by the Korean conflict.He taught six years in the Warren County school system until becoming a rural letter carrier for 27 years and was named outstanding carrier of the year.He was president of the Kentucky State Rural Letter Carriers Association for three years.He also owned and operated Moss Nursery in Rockfield.
He was elected to the Warren County Board of Education in 1972.As a teacher nearly two decades earlier, he had often been painfully aware of the lack of resources, equipment and unmet building needs throughout the district.Through his 20 years on the board, Moss worked diligently to improve pay scales and benefits for all school employees.He served as vice chairman for four years and chairman for 10.His quest was to bring every classroom up to standard.During his tenure, 15 of the 16 schools of the district have either been built from the ground up or have had major renovations, adding more than 150 classrooms to the district.One middle school he established, the Henry F. Moss Middle School, was named for him and his efforts toward education in the community.Mr. Moss supported the Kentucky Education Reform Act through providing proper resources and commitment for many educational programs.Many KERA-like programs were in place in Warren County long before the state reform.The Kentucky Congress of Parents and Teachers awarded Mr. Moss the "Warren H. Proudfoot" Award for the outstanding school board member of the year in February 1994.He was the Kentucky State School Board Third Region president.Upon leaving the board, he stated, "My terms of service as a board member have come to an end, but my dedication to the schools of the district and my service to the community will continue throughout the rest of my life."Until his death, he called principals and educators weekly to encourage them.
He was a Kentucky Colonel, a Gideon and a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge No. 73, F&AM, and Eastern Star.He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1298 and was on the original Board of Directors of the Browning Volunteer Fire Department.
In 1994, he attended the 50th anniversary of D-Day event in France, where his name and rank are inscribed on the Wall of Liberty memorial the Battle of Normandy Foundation erected on the Boulevard Perpherique in the French city of Caen.At that time, he received a medal from the French city of Caen.At this time, he received a medal from the French government for his role in the Normandy liberation in 1944.
Bowling Green Kentucky KY Daily News
www.bgdailynews.com, 23 June 2005 [cached]
It was with great sadness we learned of the death Monday of one of Bowling Green's most solid and influential citizens, Henry F. Moss.
Moss, 84, served as a Warren County school board member for 20 years.He was instrumental in advancing education in the county and did all he could to make sure teachers and personnel had the necessary resources to get the job of educating young people done.
The onetime rural letter carrier was also a World War II veteran, fighting at both Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge.He earned a Purple Heart after being wounded on D-Day.Moss also served as the president of the Kentucky State School Board's Third Region and was a Kentucky Colonel, a Mason and a Gideon.
Moss, who also taught science and math, contributed much to the county school system and richly deserved having a junior high school named for him.His passion during his school board tenure was moving the county school system forward.
His efforts were critical to getting Greenwood High School built and in essence he was responsible for much of the economic growth that soon surrounded the high school after it opened in 1990.
"He was very energetic and very involved," said Dickie McKinney, who served on the school board with Moss."I can't tell you how important it was when Henry Moss came to us and talked about building Greenwood High School and how much it meant to Warren County."
Moss' love and dedication to Warren County and its school system is admirable to say the least.In 1990, due to a nepotism law in the Kentucky Education Reform Act, Moss was forced to step down because he had relatives within the system.
Henry Moss was one of the best of Warren County.He was a leader in education and his heart and compassion for his friends, family and the community is a legacy that we will never forget.
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