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  • Frederick A. Moseley


Frederick A. Moseley passed away May 16, 2020. There will be a viewing/visitation at McDowell Funeral Home, 1104 Chestnut Avenue, in Waco, on Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An Omega Service will be performed at 6 p.m. by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

On Saturday, May 30, at 11:30 a.m. there will be a private graveside service for family and friends by invitation only due to limiting numbers. This will be at Waco Memorial Park Chapel, 6623 IH-35, in Waco.

Frederick was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Mexia, to George Arthur Moseley and Melvira Brewer Moseley. He was the oldest of two children born to this union. He accepted Christ at an early age and was very active in his church, Little Zion Baptist.

After graduating from Dunbar High School in Mexia, he entered Prairie View A&M University in 1941. His studies were interrupted when he entered the U.S. Army in May 1943. He then joined the 578th Field Artillery and was sent to the European Theatre where he served in England and France, from the Normandy beach to the border of Czechoslovakia, including the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. He received five bronze stars (Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe) and a World War II Victory medal. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 and returned to Prairie View A&University in February 1946. He graduated with a B.S. degree in 1947. While at Prairie View, he met his future wife, Gladys Dow, and they married in 1948. To this union, one daughter was born. They remained married until her death.

He began his career as a Vocational Agriculture educator at Tyler Junior College and then continued to teach in Fairfield, Wortham, and began teaching at Moore High School in Waco, in 1960.

Along the way, he received an M.S. degree from Prairie View A&M University and did post graduate work at The University of Denver, University of New Hampshire, Texas A&M University and East Texas State University. He finished up his career as principal of R.L. Smith Elementary and Sul Ross Sixth Grade Center.

Shortly after moving to Waco, the family joined New Hope Baptist Church, where he was former Chairman of the Deacon Board, Sunday school teacher and later Sunday School Superintendent.

Frederick was very involved in his community and that of Waco at large and strove to make a difference.

He was a member and for mer officer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Epsilon Lambda Chapter; Downtown Kiwanis Club; life member of the Waco Chapter of the Prairie View A&M Alumni Association; life member of the Waco McLennan County Retired Teachers Association; former member of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum Advisory Committee; member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Crime; served on Waco City Planning Commission, was Chairman of Waco City Zoning Committee; former board member of McLennan County Technical Action Panel and a former counselor of Boy Scouts of America. He served on numerous other boards and organizations. He was honored by Mexia Public Schools Museum for outstanding accomplishments in his lifetime. He was preceded in death by his father, George Arthur Moseley, his mother Melvira Brewer Moseley, and a sister Modestine Johnson.

He is survived by his daughter Dr. Denise E. Moseley, of Fort Worth; nieces and nephews, attorney Jim Kiles and wife Dr. Sonia, of Southfield, Mich.; Keith Kiles and wife Carolyn, of Arlington; Nada Wise Ruddock and husband Dr. Dwight, of Arlington; Henry V. Wise and wife Lori, of Ft. Worth; Victor Wise, of Arlington; Robert E. Wise and wife Valenzia, of Pasadena, Calif.; Carla Dow, of Denton; Jackie Williams, of Sacramento, Calif.; Pamela Hall of Fresno, Calif.; Susan Dow Orndoff and Annalisa Dow, of Maryland; and many great-nephews and great-nieces.

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