Johnny Moore dies at Jackson hospital

Johnny Moore speaks at a Board of Aldermen meeting in April. (file photo)

SDN Staff Report

Multiple sources confirm Starkville attorney Johnny Moore, who practiced law in his hometown for decades, died on Thursday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after a brief illness. 

He was 58. 

Moore was born in Columbus in 1960 to John Paul and Evelyn Moore, and was well known in the community, from both his own merits and those of his family.

His father, who also served as a state senator, practiced law for decades out of the same office on Lafayette Street, Moore Law Office, and worked alongside his son until his death in 2011.  

Moore had been in the political spotlight in the last couple of years, after campaigning for mayor of Starkville on the Democratic ticket and losing a tight race by a final tally of five votes, which was decided by a judge in July. 

Despite the close loss and lengthy election contest following the initial results, Moore was still supported by many in the community and remains one of the most recognizable names in the area.  

In 1982, Moore married Karen Johnson and the couple raised four sons: Bradley Stuart, Bryce Denton, Daniel Brent and David Alexander.

Moore, who was a member of First Baptist Church, is also survived by his grandson, John Parker. 

A 1978 graduate of Starkville Academy, Moore would go on to earn his Bachelor of Professional Accounting from Mississippi State University in 1982 - the same year he married his wife. 

He would go on to attend law school at the University of Mississippi, attaining his Juris Doctorate in December 1984, before being admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1985. 

Funeral arrangements have not been released at this time. 

This is a developing story. For more, read Saturday's Starkville Daily News.