Sylvia Smith Moore

Published 5:15 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sylvia Stewart Smith Moore, wife of George “Tom” Moore, died peacefully at their home in Tryon Estates on March 20, 2011.

She was born on April 23, 1922 in Peoria, Ill., to the late Dorothy Doubleday and Paul Curran Smith. She was the eldest of the three Smith children. The surviving siblings are

Elizabeth “Betty” Knopp of Columbus, and Arthur “Parf” Smith of Tryon.

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Sylvia was a graduate of Duke University, class of l944. She was involved with the student government and president of her sorority. She married fellow Duke graduate John A. McDougald of Bayside, N.Y., in l943 and they had two children.

She returned to Tryon in the l950s and while here was in numerous Tryon Little Theatre productions, cast in several leading roles, following a time honored Doubleday/Smith tradition for love of the arts. She worked for Betty Sturgis Dress Shop and for Social Services in Hendersonville, N.C.

In l956 she married Edward W. Dodge and lived at “Slick Rock” on White Oak Mountain and ran for Polk County Clerk of Court. She and Eddie had three daughters. In l961 they moved to Bayside, Wis., where she became involved with multiple civic organizations and she was president of LaSertoma. In l974 she retired to Flat Rock, N.C., where she was a member of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church.

Sylvia married Tom Moore and added to her “clan of alligators” with Tom’s daughter Caroline in l993. They resided on Wilderness Road, and along with the heralded “Wilderness Road Gang” kept Tryon’s mascot, Morris the Horse, in the public eye with helping to maintain and decorate for all the special events in Tryon.

Sylvia’s degree was in history and she used it to help in the preservation of various art shows of local artists. Tom and Sylvia volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Polk County for many years. They were active in the locally famous Block House races and would roll into the races in their specially constructed Morris truck with family and friends in tow. She was active in Holy Cross Episcopal Church of Tryon as a member of the choir.

She is survived by her loving husband Tom Moore; son Scott A. McDougald (Brenda) of Nashua, N.H.; daughters Pamela A. McDougald of Tryon; Dorothy Dodge Maynard (Rick) of Virginia Beach, Va.; Janet Dodge Howell of Arden, N.C.; Marguerite Dodge Kerhulas of Wilmington, N.C., and Caroline Moore Chapman (Austin) of Tryon; grandchildren, Frederick Parrish, Melissa Parrish Pittman, Jenny Parrish Galloway, Landon Howell, Christopher Howell, Jessica Maynard, Justin Maynard, Jordan Maynard, Cameron McDougald, Flynn Chapman and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 20ll in the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Tryon with Father Michael Doty and Father John Zellner officiating.

The family request that donations be made to Town of Tryon – Morris the Horse Fund, 301 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782 or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr., Columbus, N.C. 28722.

An on-line guest register may be signed at

McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.