Judge Bill Moss: the Loss of a Good Man

beaverdamusa.com, mark grissom, chicago cubsThere are certain events that take place in our lives that we will never forget.

The times and dates those events take place will forever be embedded in our memory.

September 11, 2001…9:03 a.m.…I was at home and had just turned on the television in time to see the second plane hit the southern facade of the other twin tower in New York City.

December 14, 2010…4:56 a.m.…. I was standing at the foot of my mother’s bed at Signature Healthcare Center and watched her take her last breath and enter into life eternal.

July 14, 2014…12:05 p.m.…. A simple text on my cell phone from the Mayor of Cleveland, Tennessee…”Bill Moss shot at 4th and Broad Street”.  I was standing in the lobby of Grissom Funeral Home getting ready for a 1:00 p.m. funeral service.  I had just been informed that my friend, Judge Moss, had died.

I had never been in his courtroom.  I had never stood before his bench for any kind of legal matter.  I had never used his services as one of the many fine attorneys in Cleveland.

I got to know His Honor from serving members of his family over the years at the Grissom Funeral Home.

My friend, Greg Kaylor, of the Cleveland Daily Banner said it best in his article on Tuesday.  “…with shock and sadness to the tragic end of the life of a beloved and respected member of the local judiciary.”

Judge Moss practiced law in the 10th Judicial District for almost 50 years, according to the Banner article.

He had served 38 years as Cleveland’s City Judge.

There were so many nice comments written about Judge Moss in the article that Greg Kaylor wrote.  Comments from Ashley Ownby, Mayor Tom Rowland, Mayor Gary Davis, attorney Jimmy Logan.

However, the comment that stood out the most to me and is so very true about Bill Moss came from our newly elected District Attorney, Steve Crump.

“We are more than saddened at the loss of a good man,” said Crump.

A “Good Man.”

That was my friend, Bill Moss.

There are so many others in Cleveland who knew Judge Moss far better than I.

I only saw him during the sad occasion of a funeral service, usually.  Or possibly downtown at one of the local restaurants in Cleveland.

I always had the utmost respect for Bill Moss and the position he held as City Judge of Cleveland, TN.  But most of all, I respected him because he earned my respect due to the quality man he was.

He was a very low-key individual.  You could be in a room with Bill Moss and never even know he was there, unless you happened to spot him.

He was not loud.  He did not have a lot to say.

But just like E. F. Hutton…when Judge Moss spoke, people listened.

Most of my conversations with him were just simple handshake, a smile, look him in the eye and say…”Hello Judge.”  To which he would immediately respond, “How’s the funeral business, Mark?”

When tragic events like this take place, it is very common for all of us to wonder “why” or say “what if.”

Only God in Heaven knows why.

I just wish the Judge could have known how much he was loved and appreciated in our community.  I wish the Judge could have been able to read all of the great comments his fellow law buddies had to say about him in the Cleveland Banner.  I wish I had one last chance to shake his hand and tell him what an influence he had on me throughout my 25 plus years of living in Cleveland.

I am sad.  I am hurting.  All of Cleveland is hurting over this loss of such an incredible person.

All of Cleveland is hurting over the loss of “A Good Man.”

Rest In Peace, Your Honor.

“And He will raise you up on Eagle’s Wings…. and hold you in the palm of His Hand.”

In Loving Memory of Cleveland City Judge Bill Moss.

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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