|Birth: ||Aug. 6, 1942|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Sep. 29, 2008, Vietnam|
Fayetteville's first black motorcycle policeman, who retired 11 years ago as one of the three highest ranking officers in the department, has died.
In 25 years with the Fayetteville Police Department, George Edward Moyd rose through the ranks before retiring as a major in 1997. He was one of the three highest-ranking officers in the department and commanded all three bureaus in the department at different times in his career.
Mr. Moyd died on Sept. 29 while on vacation in Vietnam. He was 66.
"His community looked up to him," said Hein Hall, who described Mr. Moyd as his unofficial stepfather for the past 20 years. "But aside from the levels that he rose to, he always reached back to help the community and never forgot where he came from."
In anticipation of a large crowd, Mr. Hall said Mr. Moyd's funeral will be Tuesday at noon in the 2,500-seat Crown Theatre. The wake will be tonight from 5 to 7 at Wiseman Mortuary.
Mr. Moyd, born in Jamestown, S.C., joined the police department in October 1972, after serving more than 11 years in the Army. Mr. Moyd was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Shayna Simpson-Hall, the daughter-in-law of Mr. Moyd's longtime companion, Vinh Hall, described him as a humble, kind man who loved to ride his motorcycle. He was a pillar of his community, she said.
Mr. Moyd was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the North Carolina Police Executives, and the Blue Knights police motorcycle club.
Mr. Moyd will be buried at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.
Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Fred B. Deem, III
Record added: Oct 05, 2008
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