Robert Breedlove Moffett ’34

Robert Breedlove Moffett ’34, of Winston-Salem, N.C., went to join his maker on Dec. 15 at Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Moffett. He was born in Kiangyin, China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, Lacy Irvin and Kate Rod Moffett, on April 5, 1910.

He graduated from Davidson College. He was one of eight children. His brothers and sisters who preceded him in death were: Newton Moffett, Rod Moffett, Alex Moffett, Irvine Moffett, Florence Snell, and Cai Conway. He is survived by his sister, Martha Ellen Forbes; his son, Robert W. Moffett (Charlotte E. Moffett), 2416 Wimbledon Cir., Burlington, NC 27215-7685; his grandson, Robert L. Moffett (Joy); his great-grandchildren, Daniel Robert Moffett and Lucy Moffett; and his son-in-law, John Owen.

He was a major in the U.S. Army during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He continued his military career in the U.S. Army Reserve until his retirement. He and his wife, Eleanor, moved to Burlington, N.C., in 1945, where they had a daughter, Alice Rod Moffett, who passed away in May 2009, and a son, Robert W. Moffett, who currently lives with his wife in Burlington. While in Burlington, he was principal of Glen Hope Elementary School. When that school closed, he became principal of Jessie Wharton Elementary School in Greensboro.

He was both a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Burlington. He dedicated his life to the teaching of children, and later, in retirement, to his gardening. He grew many vegetables for his family and gave the excess away to the community. He displayed great optimism and love for everyone and always had a smile for everyone he met.