Obituary photo of William++E. Moorhead, Orlando-Florida
In Loving Memory of

William E. Moorhead

1942 - 2014
Obituary photo of William++E. Moorhead, Orlando-Florida
In Loving Memory of

William E. Moorhead

1942 - 2014

Services & Gatherings

Services & Gatherings

Service:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Community Alliance Church, Port St. John, Florida
Interment:
Oaklawn Memorial Garden
Titusville, Florida

Interment:
Oaklawn Memorial Garden
Titusville, Florida
WILLIAM E. MOORHEAD, 72, loving husband of Barbara M. Guy, beloved father of Earle W. (David) Moorhead and grandfather of Kimberleigh C. Ford, died on December 21, 2014 at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville, Florida following complications of prostate cancer. Born William Earle Moorhead on April 28, 1942 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late John Robert Moorhead I and Sara Mae (Dawson) Moorhead, Bill was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his son, Judith Lowe Moorhead; older brother John Robert Moorhead II; and younger brother Richard L. Moorhead. A 1960 charter graduate of the George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, Bill attended the University of South Florida where in his sophomore year of 1962 he was selected by NASA to be in the first group of cooperative students to work for the new Manned Space Flight Program at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This relationship continued throughout his college career. On May 9, 1966, Bill joined the Bendix Field Engineering Corporation (BFEC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland under the NASA Space Flight Data and Network Systems (STDN) Low Earth Orbit (LEO) ground tracking station network. While living in Maryland he met Judie, a kindergarten teacher, and they were married on June 15, 1967. In September 1967, Bill joined the US Navy and attended basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes, North Chicago, Illinois. After attending computer specialist schools in California, he was assigned to the USS Yosemite as a Data Systems Technician 2nd Class and saw a tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea. At that time, Bill took emergency leave in January 1970, flying out of Rota, Spain to Tampa, Florida to bid farewell to his beloved father. After his US Navy Honorable Discharge in September 1971, Bill returned to BFEC at GSFC. In 1972, Bill transferred to the NASA STDN’s Merritt Island Launch Annex (MILA) tracking station on the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida and moved his family to Brevard County. At MILA, Bill supported many Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV’s), LEO Scientific Spacecraft, and 133 of 135 Space Shuttle missions as Chief Data Technician (telemetry and command). A man of great intelligence, any task he chose he saw it through to the finish with studied, expert, professional and lasting results. Bill met Barbara at MILA where they worked side by side throughout the Space Shuttle era, he as Chief tech, she as A tech, until his retirement on April 8, 2011 after 49 years of service to the NASA space program. Bill’s spiritual life started at birth through loving, faithful parents. He grew up in the Fletcher Avenue Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida where he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior as an adolescent. Bill was an active member of Youth For Christ throughout high school and college. Since 1998 Bill has attended Community Alliance Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Port Saint John (Cocoa), Florida, where he will be sorely missed. A man of great integrity and firm belief in the truth and promises of the Bible, Bill’s last sentence was “Jesus is softening the way”. Bill is also survived by his step-daughter, Bethany M. Heilman; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne Williams; mother-in-law, Carolyn M. Guy; sisters-in-law, Susan Guy Herman, Brenda Guy (Richard S.) Rawle and Shirley Guy Covert; brother-in-law, Gregory A. (Sandra L.) Guy; many loving cousins and devoted nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on December 23rd, 2014 with Bill’s good friend, Rev. Ronald Parker officiating at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Valor Section, Titusville, Florida. A Memorial Service will be held at Community Alliance Church, Port Saint John, Florida on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM. US Navy Honors will be presented at Oaklawn Memorial Garden at 3:30PM.
WILLIAM E. MOORHEAD, 72, loving husband of Barbara M. Guy, beloved father of Earle W. (David) Moorhead and grandfather of Kimberleigh C. Ford, died on December 21, 2014 at the Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville, Florida following complications of prostate cancer. Born William Earle Moorhead on April 28, 1942 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late John Robert Moorhead I and Sara Mae (Dawson) Moorhead, Bill was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his son, Judith Lowe Moorhead; older brother John Robert Moorhead II; and younger brother Richard L. Moorhead. A 1960 charter graduate of the George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Florida, Bill attended the University of South Florida where in his sophomore year of 1962 he was selected by NASA to be in the first group of cooperative students to work for the new Manned Space Flight Program at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This relationship continued throughout his college career. On May 9, 1966, Bill joined the Bendix Field Engineering Corporation (BFEC) at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland under the NASA Space Flight Data and Network Systems (STDN) Low Earth Orbit (LEO) ground tracking station network. While living in Maryland he met Judie, a kindergarten teacher, and they were married on June 15, 1967. In September 1967, Bill joined the US Navy and attended basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes, North Chicago, Illinois. After attending computer specialist schools in California, he was assigned to the USS Yosemite as a Data Systems Technician 2nd Class and saw a tour of duty in the Mediterranean Sea. At that time, Bill took emergency leave in January 1970, flying out of Rota, Spain to Tampa, Florida to bid farewell to his beloved father. After his US Navy Honorable Discharge in September 1971, Bill returned to BFEC at GSFC. In 1972, Bill transferred to the NASA STDN’s Merritt Island Launch Annex (MILA) tracking station on the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida and moved his family to Brevard County. At MILA, Bill supported many Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV’s), LEO Scientific Spacecraft, and 133 of 135 Space Shuttle missions as Chief Data Technician (telemetry and command). A man of great intelligence, any task he chose he saw it through to the finish with studied, expert, professional and lasting results. Bill met Barbara at MILA where they worked side by side throughout the Space Shuttle era, he as Chief tech, she as A tech, until his retirement on April 8, 2011 after 49 years of service to the NASA space program. Bill’s spiritual life started at birth through loving, faithful parents. He grew up in the Fletcher Avenue Baptist Church, Tampa, Florida where he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior as an adolescent. Bill was an active member of Youth For Christ throughout high school and college. Since 1998 Bill has attended Community Alliance Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Port Saint John (Cocoa), Florida, where he will be sorely missed. A man of great integrity and firm belief in the truth and promises of the Bible, Bill’s last sentence was “Jesus is softening the way”. Bill is also survived by his step-daughter, Bethany M. Heilman; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne Williams; mother-in-law, Carolyn M. Guy; sisters-in-law, Susan Guy Herman, Brenda Guy (Richard S.) Rawle and Shirley Guy Covert; brother-in-law, Gregory A. (Sandra L.) Guy; many loving cousins and devoted nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held on December 23rd, 2014 with Bill’s good friend, Rev. Ronald Parker officiating at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Valor Section, Titusville, Florida. A Memorial Service will be held at Community Alliance Church, Port Saint John, Florida on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM. US Navy Honors will be presented at Oaklawn Memorial Garden at 3:30PM.
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Services & Gatherings

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Service:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM
Community Alliance Church, Port St. John, Florida
Interment:
Oaklawn Memorial Garden
Titusville, Florida

Interment:
Oaklawn Memorial Garden
Titusville, Florida

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