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December 26, 2022


Roger O'Neil "Big Moe" Moran

June 27, 1945 - December 24, 2022

Roger O'Neil "Big Moe" Moran, age 77 and a resident of the Richardson Community near Franklinton, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday December 24, 2022. He was born June 27, 1945 and served as a Merchant Marine for several years. Roger was a longtime truck driver hauling different items cross-country before retiring. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and had recently been attending Richardson Baptist Church. He enjoyed taking his mother and other family members on long vacation trips all over the country. Roger had a real love of racing fast cars. He was well known on the drag racing circuit throughout our area and the southeastern United States. “Big Moe Racing” traveled all around with his family and friends. He shared his love of racing with his sons and nephews, some of which still race cars today. Roger was an excellent mechanic that worked on his cars and trucks, rebuilding engines and all types of work necessary to keep the cars running their best. He also built and raced remote control boats. Roger often did mechanic work for his family and friends, never charging for the parts or labor, as the giving of his time, knowledge and effort was what he enjoyed the most. He was a very large man and could only be described as a “Gentle Giant” by all that knew him.

Survived by: Sister: Linda Moran Strain of Abita Springs; Sister in law: Louise Moran; Nephews and Nieces: Bryan Moran and his sons Hayden and Isaiah, Donna and John Miller and their son Nicholas, Jack Strain, Sue Mathies and their families; Step-Son and Daughter in law: Jamie and Kristine Morris of Richardson; Step-Daughters and a Son in law: Sheila and Timothy Bordes of Folsom, Sherry Patten of Bogalusa; Step-Grandchildren: Kyle Morris, Brittany Morris, Cody Morris, Jessica Bordes, Jordan Bordes, Jeremy Beall, Jonathan Beall, Skylar Patten, Chelsea Lang; Former Wife: Marilyn Moran Seals of Franklinton; Also numerous extended family members and many dear friends

He was preceded in death by his parents Edgar Joseph Moran and Ethel Louise Henley Moran, a brother Joseph Donald Moran and other family members.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Thursday December 29th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Thursday with Rev. Jimmy Oalmann, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Peace Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Lacombe.

Pallbearers: Jamie Morris, Kyle Morris, Cody Morris, Hayden Moran, Isaiah Moran, Jimmy Oalmann, Sr., Jeremiah Oalmann, Cody Oalmann.

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