William Earl Moffett

William Earl Moffett, 83, of McCormick, S.C., died on Feb. 6, 2014, at his residence. Visitation will be held tomorrow at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Uvalde from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to funeral services. Interment will follow in Leakey Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at The Lutheran Church by the Lake at a later date. He was born on July 5, 1930, in Real County to Lois Belle Kelly Moffett and William Ester Moffett. Moffett received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The University of Texas and was a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Texas and The National University of Mexico. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, where he was a recipient of the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Naval Commendation Medal. Moffett taught economics at The University of Texas and US Foreign Service in Washington, Latin America and in the Caribbean area. He spent his career with Gulf Oil Corporation, where he served as general manager of Mene Grande Oil (Gulf subsidiary in Venezuela); was vice president in the Latin America and Caribbean areas; was executive vice president of Rio Blanco Oil Shale Company (Gulf and Amoco mining subsidiary); was the corporate vice president of Gulf’s World Wide Public Affairs; and retired as president of Gulf Oil Foundation. Moffett served as a consultant of international and domestic public affairs for Gulf Oil. He was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; a life sponsor of Duck’s Unlimited; the former senior vice president of
National/International Programs for DU; former DU trustee for US, Canada and Mexico; a life sponsor of Trout Unlimited, Council of the Americas, Explorers Club; and a board member of both the Wildlife Legislative Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Moffett was a member of the Lutheran Church by the Lake, McCormick, S.C. He is survived by his wife, Joan K. Moffett; six children, William E. Moffett and wife, Alejandra, Deborah M. Haynes and husband, Kenny, Leslie S. Moffett, Lisa R. Rees and husband, John, Cara R. Hartsock and husband, Randy, and Amy R. Gamble and husband, Jason; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Deloise Reagan and husband, Rodney. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers will be Will Moffett, Andrew Haynes, Jay Haynes, Kelly Reagan, Scott Reagan, Matthew Reagan and William Reagan. The family requests memorials be made to The Conservation Fund, 1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209; or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Memorial Contributions, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120. RUSHING-ESTES-KNOWLES MORTUARY, WWW.REKFUNERALS.COM
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