Garrard businessman, civic leader Julian Moss Sr. dies

November 12, 2003|EMILY BURTON

LANCASTER - Longtime community activist and public servant Julian "Moose" Moss Sr., 75, of North Paulding Street, died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

A businessman, Moss served on the board of directors at First Southern National Bank for 15 years and was a partner at Lancaster Loan Co. and Lancaster Insurance Agency.

People of Garrard County knew him for his dedication to the county.

Moss had formerly been the Garrard County coroner, president of the Jaycees, was active in county Republican politics and instrumental in establishing the Lancaster-Garrard County Recreation Park.

A field in the park was named in his honor.

"It's almost old-fashioned now to apply the terms honesty, integrity, and dedication to a public servant," said life-long friend Barry Peel. "Julian Moss was old-fashioned."


County Agricultural Agent Mike Carter, a longtime friend, said Moss was instrumental in starting the county fair.

"We just lost one of our finest citizens, no doubt," said Carter.

Outside of public office, Moss was a celebrated businessman. He was former president of the Kentucky Consumer Finance Association and was chosen Outstanding Business Person of Garrard County in 1979.

"He was a pillar of this community for years and loved by all who knew him," said friend and local businessman Danny Irvin.

His family remembered his avid dedication to University of Kentucky sports.

Moss also was a member and deacon of Lancaster Christian Church and a member of Franklin Lodge 7 IOOF.

Moss is survived by his wife of 57 years, Juanita Moss; a son, Julian Moss Jr. of Lancaster; three brothers, Billy Moss, Shelton Moss and David Moss, all of Lancaster; three sisters, Mary K. Hurte and Wilma Davis, both of Lancaster, and Virginia Rogers of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements are incomplete at Spurlin Funeral Home.

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