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Col. Sidney Eugene Moody, USAF (Retired)

Obituary for Col. Sidney Eugene Moody, USAF (Retired)

November 1, 1928 - April 6, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89


Sidney Eugene Moody was born in Canton, Georgia, to Henry and Bertha Moody. He grew up in the Depression and graduated from Canton High School in 1945. During World War II, while too young to serve in the military, Sid joined the Georgia Guard. He later attended North Georgia Military College and Rhinehart College before enlisting in the Air Force in 1950, when he came to San Antonio for the first time to attend Basic Training at Lackland AFB. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1952 and was stationed at Otis AFB, Massachusetts, where he flew the F-94 in the 437th Fighter Squadron as a radar observer. There he met his future wife, Sheila White. They married in 1954 and while there had their first son, Sid Jr., and daughter Suzanne.

The Air Force sent Sid to Syracuse University to finish his bachelor's degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1959. After completing navigator upgrade training, he was assigned to Kelly AFB in San Antonio where his third child, Jay, was born. He flew the C-124 Globemaster with the 19th Logistics Support Squadron, transporting nuclear weapons and equipment throughout the world. In 1963, the Air Force sent Sid to Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1965.

Sid returned to San Antonio in 1965, this time to Randolph AFB to serve in the Air Training Command Headquarters. In 1969, the family moved to Taipei, Taiwan, where Sid was assigned to the Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) China, Air Force Section. In 1972, he was stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam as the Senior Logistics Advisor to the Commander, 10th Maintenance and Supply Wing, Vietnamese Air Force. There he was promoted to the rank of full colonel. In 1973, he served in Saigon after the cease fire and departure of U.S. troops as one of the last 50 U.S. military officers in South Vietnam.

Sid was transferred to Warner Robins AFB, Georgia, and served as Director of Plans and Programs and later as Chief of Staff for the Air Logistics Center. He returned to San Antonio for the final time in 1975, assigned again to the Air Training Command at Randolph AFB as Director of Logistics Plans. He retired in 1980 with 30 years of service.

Throughout his career, Sid was awarded the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Air Service Medal with Honor, and Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal.
After leaving the Air Force, Sid started a new career as an instructor, teaching business courses at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. While there, he was presented with the Teacher Excellence Award for the 1981-82 school year and appointed full professor in 1984.
Sid was previously a Rotarian and was recently inducted into the Order of the Daedalians.

Sidney was preceded in death by his son, Sidney Moody, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sheila Moody; his daughter, Suzanne Pittman of Austin; his son, Jay Moody of Colorado Springs, CO; two grandsons, Michael and Justin, in Texas; and two granddaughters, Christianna and Alexis, in Colorado.

The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Porter Loring Mortuary North, 2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX with a Funeral Service at 10:00 A.M. Reception is to follow service. Interment with Military Honors will be at 2:00 P.M. at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

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