In Memoriam: Mickey Moore

With sadness, we share that Mickey Moore passed away on January 27, 2024.

According to his obituary, Charles Michael “Mickey” Moore graduated from The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, and attended Duke University for two years, completing his degree in Forestry at the University of Memphis in 1974. In 1981, he married Gloria Elrod Ash and became a renowned teacher and inspector for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association (NOFMA). He traveled the world teaching master classes for technicians in the field. Moore was a past president of The Lumberman’s Club and was named “Lumberman of the Year” by the association members in 2018.

A true legend of the wood flooring industry, Moore became the technical director of NOFMA in 1988. He participated on numerous NOFMA and National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) committees and contributed to technical publications for both organizations. His expertise was shared with countless students during NOFMA and NWFA schools over the years, which has an ongoing impact on wood flooring professionals at the jobsite and in mills today.

Rusty Swindoll, who worked with Moore at NOFMA, says Moore was a natural teacher. “When I went in and asked him a question, Mickey would look at me and say, ‘Let’s go think about that,’ and he’d ask me a question. I’d look it up and come back to him and talk about it. He wanted me to look deep into anything I had a question about. He knew so much about wood, installation, sand and finish, and acclimation,” says Swindoll.

Moore was widely known for setting the NOFMA standards for sizes, inspections, grades of flooring, and more. However, his obituary noted that his love for nature expressed itself in several ways, including that he was an avid hunter and fisherman.

“Away from work, I discovered he liked to fish like I did. I went fishing with him several times. In the boat, there was no talk about wood – just about our families and what we are going to use to catch the fish,” shares Swindoll. “He was an all-around fun guy to be with. He knew so much that I never could get all of the stuff out of his head that I would have liked to have had in my head.”

“I’ll always be grateful for Mickey’s willingness to go on the road with me when I started working for NOFMA. He was willing to teach me everything he knew about grading and inspecting wood flooring,” says John Forbes, director of manufacturer services for NWFA. “On behalf of NWFA and NOFMA, we send our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. The industry is and will continue to be better because of Mickey.”

Moore is survived by two sons, Charles Michael Moore, Jr. and Jon Lucas Moore, and two stepchildren, Teri Ash (James) Daniels and Brian Todd Ash, as well as three grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Canale Funeral Home in Memphis on Friday, February 2, between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Shelby Farms, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

3 thoughts

  1. I met Mickey during NOFMA’S first Inspectors certification program in Memphis. I became a fan and a friend as a result of our meeting. I have kept in touch over the years and have found his kindness, friendship, and counsel to be without parallel. Mickey will be greatly missed by many, but he will never be forgotten.

  2. Mickey Moore has been a major counselor to so many in this industry. He was always willing to help solve problems on the job and in the mills. We have really lost a giant in the indusry.

  3. I truly enjoyed learning from Mickey and was a great honor to teach alongside him at the NOFMA/NWFA schools in Memphis.

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