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First Baptist Simpsonville
Monday September 30th, 2019

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James Lewis Moorhead

James Lewis Moorhead




James Lewis Moorhead, age 80, of Simpsonville, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was born in Laurens, SC on September 7, 1939, and was a son of the late James Floyd Moorhead and Bennie Wasson Moorhead.


He is survived by his daughter, Robin Moorhead Kays and his son Timothy Earl Moorhead, both of Louisville, KY; as well as one brother and sister-in-law, David W. and Cecelia A. Moorhead of Simpsonville. He is also survived by two grandsons, Hunter Lane and Ben Lane; and one granddaughter, Hillary Grosse, all of Louisville, KY.


Jim enjoyed playing golf, especially during his retirement. For many years he served as a starter at the Hejaz Golf Club.


Jim graduated from Laurens High School in Laurens, SC and attended Clemson University, receiving a BS degree in 1962. He also earned a  MA degree from Furman University. During his Clemson years, he was captain of the Track and Cross Country teams. He also served as President of  Clemson’s Block “C” Club. In 2002, Jim was recognized at halftime of the Clemson-Ball State Football game as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th year anniversary team. He was the oldest member of any team, meaning his accomplishments as a distance runner had stood the test of time.


The majority of Jim’s career was spent in education, having taught primarily in English and Science. He also coached teams in Track, Cross Country, and Football. He served as the Head of the English Department at Greenville Tech, as well as Director of Job Placement, Student Affairs and Financial Aid between the years 1964-1970. The second yearbook at Greenville Tech was dedicated to Jim.


He served for thirty years in the S.C. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves from 1962-1992, retiring as a Colonel. He was also a graduate of the Command and General Staff College of Hattiesburg, MS.


Jim was a member of Simpsonville First Baptist Church and a member of the Alice Smith Sunday School Class. 


Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 30, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Simpsonville, SC.  A private burial will be held at Friendship Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Hickory Tavern, SC.


The family will be at the home of his brother, David, 112 Banbury Circle, Simpsonville, SC  29681.


Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 3 Hedge Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681.


Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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Coach Moorhead was my High School coach at Hillcrest High School. He coached me in both Track and football. He was a great coach and even a better man! He taught me so many life lessons and was extremely encouraging. He dedicated his life to helping others. I regret not being able to see you one last time. Thank you so much for believing in me and so many others all those years. Rest in peace Coach.

Adam Godfrey Sep 30 2019 12:00 AM

My 4 years at Hillcrest Highschool was remembering being on the football field and seeing coach moorehead with his hat, whistle and towel around his neck. He had a unique way of connecting with us players. All in all he was a good man, a good mentor and I truly believed he loved everyday being out there coaching us and helping make us better student athletes and better young men. Coach, you will be missed. May you rest in peace and god be with you. I know you are in heaven now smiling down on us. You will be missed greatly!!

Kevin Robinson Sep 30 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Moorhead

Caitlyn Wade Sep 29 2019 12:00 AM

I have very fond memories of Jimmy at Laurens High School with track and at Clemson Un. His brother David was my classmate. Jimmy and David both excelled in track at Clemson.

William Brown Sep 28 2019 12:00 AM

Mr. Moorhead was the Scoutmaster of Hickory Tavern Troop 109 in the mid 70's. I enjoyed my time in the scouts because of him. I have thought of him often during the years. Y'all are in my prayers.

Michael Bryant Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Moorhead

Karen Mann Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM

Jim is an example of a wonderful life lived. Many accomplishments completed but none better than the great memories of family & friends! RIP, John & Panky Wasson, Seabrook Island, S.C.

John Wasson Sep 27 2019 12:00 AM