John served the United States Army in Korea as a private first class and was honorably discharged in 1958. John moved from Alabama to upstate New York where he met Mamie Estelle Kornegay, whom he married on September 18, 1960. John and Mamie moved to Millerton, NY where they raised their two sons, Keith and Karl.
John was employed at Wassaic Developmental Center for 35 years and retired in 1995 as a placement supervisor for the State of New York. In this role, he oversaw the placement of people with developmental disabilities in homes throughout multiple counties in New York. At Wassaic Developmental Center, he also worked as a therapist aid and a social worker. As a placement supervisor, he received a special recognition award for outstanding contribution to people with developmental disabilities from the state of New York in 1987. While working at the developmental center, he was involved with many social activities such as playing on the local basketball and baseball teams.
John’s devotion to his community was immense. He was a member of the Saint Patrick Church in Millerton and past member of the Knights of Columbus Organization. He was a lifetime member of the Millerton Lions Club. During his time in the Millerton Lions Club, he served as president in 1986 and 1987 while receiving honors during his tenure. He also was chairman of the Sight and Hearing Committee for many years. John received numerous awards in the Lions Club. Awards such as the Knight of the Blind Award from the Lions Eye Institute of Albany Medical Center in 1998, President’s Appreciation Award as Sight and Hearing Chairman, 2010 Citizen of the Year award for Outstanding Community Service, Certificate of Appreciation for serving Dutchess County Sight and Hearing group, and a Lifetime Membership Award. He also was a volunteer at the community center in Millerton where he drove the American Red Cross care car for elderly residents of the community to various medical appointments.
John was a person who enjoyed the outdoors and often found solitude in caring for his lawn and garden. He was an exceptional handyman in carpentry and painting, often displaying his talents with repairs and additions to his home. More than anything, John loved his sons. He took pride in raising them, teaching them academics, sports, and life values. After retiring, he traveled extensively with his wife and visited countries such as Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Haiti, and many of the states in the U.S. His favorite trips involved driving to visit family for graduations, birthdays, weddings, and various life celebrations. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and was eager to interact with them. Whether playing catch, giving lawn mower tractor rides, or bating fishhooks, John appreciated the time he had with his family. John was a man of few words but led by example through his honesty, dedication, and hard work.
John leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Mamie and their children Keith (wife Fatimah) and Karl. He also leaves behind a legacy of three grandchildren Imani, Miles, and Maya. John Moody is survived by three sisters-In-law Bertha Moody, Eleanor Moody, and Jackie Moody. Two brothers-in-law Wade Kornegay (Bettie) and Benjamin Kornegay (Tracie). A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. John was predeceased by his mother, father, as well as his three brothers Charles Jr., Roy, and Theophilus. John will be especially remembered for his love, passion, and commitment to his family, friends, church, and community.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11:30 am at Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg, 201 Edwards Ferry Rd, NE, Leesburg, VA 20176.