- November 10, 2011
Holsey Moorman, 84, a former Palm Coast City Council member known for his kindness and dedication to service, died on Feb. 7.
Born in Roanoke, Virginia in 1938, Moorman spent his youth in in the United States Army. He enlisted at 23 and spent the next 39 years serving his country where he achieved the rank of brigadier general.
When he retired from the military in 2000, Moorman and his family moved to Flagler County. He managed seven years in retirement from public service before he ran for the District 1 seat on the Palm Coast City Council.
Moorman served on the council from 2007-2011.
In Palm Coast and Flagler County, Moorman leaves a legacy of class, kindness and integrity. Garry Lubi, the chair for the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, said he worked with Moorman while he was on the City Council.
Moorman was the kind of council member who never lost his professional and respectful manner, even when disagreeing with someone, Lubi said.
“He had a great element of class to him,” Lubi said.
Flagler County Commissioner Donald O’Brien said he knew Moorman for a long time, since Moorman joined the city council. O’Brien said he served on the Advent Health Foundation Board with Moorman, too — he was an advocate for the hospital in the community, O’Brien said.
O’Brien said Moorman was one of the first African American council members on the Palm Coast City Council and served as a role model for younger members of the community.
“Overall, he made a difference in this community,” O’Brien said. “And he didn’t have to, because he retired here.”
Moorman is survived by his wife, Carrie, and son, Gary Wayne. The family held a celebration of life for him at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Feb. 16, and Moorman was buried at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Feb. 17.