The Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame exists due to the hard work and dedication of a number of individuals. One of the founders of this organization was Billy Schrivner, and his dedication and leadership provided the basis for what the JMCSHOF has become. After retiring from the board, Schrivner continued to serve as a valued mentor and advisor until his passing in March 2014. It is with great honor that the Sports Hall of Fame Board grant the Billy Schrivner Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his selfless gifts to our athletic community.
It is with great honor that the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame presents the 2019 Billy Schrivner Distinguished Service Award to Terry Moore. Moore’s legacy of dedication, humble service, and mentorship carries through decades of building successful youth and community sports programs in West Tennessee.
Moore is most well-known for his role as Umpire-in-Chief at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex since its opening in 2006. He hired, mentored, and supervised all the umpires and scorekeepers for the Sportsplex, as well as for numerous baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball leagues in the area. If there was a sporting event in West Tennessee, odds are Moore had a hand in training, supervising or assigning one or more of the officials involved.
In season, Moore basically lived at the ball park, oftentimes clocking 30-hour weekends. Managing 120 umpires and the opinions of fans oftentimes proved tricky. He’d listen to complaints and compliments from fans, and always gave constructive feedback to every umpire involved.
Moore’s influence went far beyond supervising umpires at the Sportsplex. Many would agree that the Sportsplex couldn’t run without Moore’s continuous dedication to go above and beyond his job responsibilities. He made a point to befriend everyone who worked there, and often helped the grounds crew. During tournaments, you could find Moore by the flagpole area, offering kind words and a smile to staff, players, coaches, parents, and fans.
Moore’s passion for sports began at an early age, playing basketball, football and baseball. Moore went on to play baseball and football at Tigrett Middle School and baseball at Jackson Central-Merry High School. When he was 15, Moore started umpiring baseball in his spare time when he wasn’t playing. He later spread his talents to officiating basketball and volleyball, later becoming a TSSAA official for middle and high school volleyball. Volleyball was a natural fit for Moore because he was an avid player in various city and church leagues.
When Moore started a family, he put his umpiring career on hold to start coaching his son’s teams. Always willing to lend a hand to others, Moore would often pick up other kids to ensure they made it to practice and games. When his son and step-son got to high school, Moore volunteered to help on the field at practice, coordinate fundraising initiatives, and assist with gameday travel arrangements and pre-game meals.
When he wasn’t at the ball park or spending time with family, Moore enjoyed following his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and hunting.
On April 17, 2018, Moore suddenly passed away after yet another night spent supervising a Little League tournament at the Sportsplex. His son and step-son, Garrett and Brandon, and wife, Tana, have stepped in to carry on the legacy of their beloved father and husband. The flagpole at the Sportsplex will remain a symbol of fond memories and the profound impact Moore had on thousands of people.
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