Deputy Sheriff O’Neal Moore
The tragedy of June 2, 1965, is forever etched into the memories of Washington Parish residents. It was on that day, fifty-two years ago, that Washington Parish Deputy Sheriff O’Neal Moore was assassinated by unknown assailants. Moore, the first African-American deputy in the history of Washington Parish, was an Army veteran who lived in the Village of Varnado where the ambush occurred. Deputy Sheriff Moore was survived by his wife, Maevella Moore, and four young daughters.
It is only proper that all of Washington Parish pause on this day in memory of the ultimate sacrifice made by Deputy Sheriff Moore. Each day as I enter the Sheriff’s Office and walk by the bronze image of Deputy Moore, I am reminded of his courage, his loyalty to his parish and country, and his service to the citizens of Washington Parish. All who knew him held him in high esteem as a Christian man who worked hard to protect all parish residents as a law enforcement officer.
The life of Deputy Sheriff Moore serves as an example of patriotism, heroism and honor. He will forever be remembered as a man of courage and dignity.
I salute you, Deputy Sheriff O’Neal Moore, for your exemplary life and for your service to all of the citizens of our parish.