Toby D. Moore, age 68 of Snellville, Georgia, passed away on Friday, February 15.  Toby was diagnosed with metastasized colon cancer in 2010.  His mantra was “to schedule a colonoscopy at 40, earlier if colon cancer is in your family.”

“Human nature being what it is, it would be easy to whip myself into a frenzy of self-pity, worry and dread.  but I choose not to do so.  I have climbed the Great Wall of China, have seen the dusty herds of elephants along the Chobe River in Botswana, and have walked the marble corridors of Saddam’s palace in Baghdad.  I have danced to bouzouki music at a country taverna in Greece, and I have rocked my grandchildren to sleep on my shoulder,” Toby said.

Toby was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Grace (Stewart) Moore of Midville, Georgia.  Toby is survived by his wife, Victoria (McLaughlin) Moore; children Kimberly (Brian) Syme and Mary (Jason) Steele as well as his sister Pamella (Jim) Sahr and nieces, grandnieces, grandnephew and a host of other relatives.

Toby was born in Jefferson County, Georgia and grew up in Midville, Georgia.  He attended East Georgia Junior college in Swainsboro, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, School of Journalism.

He was employed as a newspaper journalist in Madison and Commerce, Georgia, public relations at GoldKist and as the Vice President of Communications for the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council in Stone Mountain, Georgia for more than twenty years.  He traveled extensively all over the world for the U.S. poultry industry and the International Poultry Council.

After serving on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Toby joined the Georgia National Guard in 1984.  He was an exceptional soldier and photojournalist.  He deployed in Desert Storm and Bosnia.  He had a number of high-profile assignments including a media tour to Iraq during the 48th deployment in 2005.  He served as the unit’s first sergeant.

The Taylor Funeral Home in Louisville, Georgia is handling the funeral and interment in Wadley/Midville, Georgia at the Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church, Wadley, Georgia on Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m.  Condolences and comments may be viewed or sent to

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at AFLAC Cancer and Blood Center (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta), Atlanta, Georgia,