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“Steve and I had many conversations over the years covering many subjects but we would usually always get back to sports. I have watched basketball...Read More »
1 of 52 | Posted by: Ralph Harness - Knoxville, TN

“I was so sorry to hear of Steves passing.while I had only known Steve about 4yrs thru tennis I felt like he had been a friend for life I'll always...Read More »
2 of 52 | Posted by: Gary Thompson - Brentwood, TN

“We are sorry to hear of Steve's death. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. James and Susan Cotter ”
3 of 52 | Posted by: James Cotter - Knoxville, TN

“We are praying for your family ”
4 of 52 | Posted by: Mike and Stephanie Coppinger

“He was my son Steven Brown mid school coach at Ocoee middle. Great coach and a fine man. ”
5 of 52 | Posted by: Sandy Brown - Cleveland, TN

“Very sorry for your loss. Steve was a great man and he will be missed. Coach taught us to play bb with heart,discipline and to play tough. I hope my...Read More »
6 of 52 | Posted by: Jonas Minhinnett - Knoxville, TN

“I met Steve Moore in my young days as a Boys’ Club staff member. Later he became an integral part of what became a premier sports program at...Read More »
7 of 52 | Posted by: Elliott Stroupe - Knoxville, TN

“We were so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. We were fortunate to have him in our lives, only for a few years, but we remember them fondly. A...Read More »
8 of 52 | Posted by: Larry Kugler - Cleveland, TN

“I'm so sorry to hear of Coach Moore.I was blessed to be coached by him in middle school and be a part of his softball team. We all can rejoice...Read More »
9 of 52 | Posted by: Heather Maples - Sevierville, TN

“In 1980, I went to play baseball for the city league at the boys club (BC). The city always had BC #1 (BC1) and BC #2 (BC2). BC2 never beat BC1...Read More »
10 of 52 | Posted by: Marvin Peek - KNoxville, TN

“Coach Moore his wife kk and kids was moore like family to me I thought the world of coach Moore he was just like a dad to me in school he helped me...Read More »
11 of 52 | Posted by: Jimmy Smith - Spring city, TN

“So sorry for the loss of your husband Kk. No words can describe how you n your children are hurting we all send prayers. For all the family ”
12 of 52 | Posted by: Patsy Morris - Clovis, CA

“Remembering this teacher and how he influenced my daughter's life ”
13 of 52 | Posted by: Lorraine Rutherford - TN

“Steve, Oh how you will be missed. I know your family will grieve you the most, as will all who had the wonderful opportunity to know you, but sadly...Read More »
14 of 52 | Posted by: Dustin Gilliam - Spring City, TN

“To the family,I am very sorry for you loss. Coach Moore was a great and awesome teacher I had him for US History my junior year at Rhea County High...Read More »
15 of 52 | Posted by: Wendi (Hardy) Leary - Dayton, TN

“We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Moore. Jerry played ball for him, and admired him so much as a coach and a teacher. I remember...Read More »
16 of 52 | Posted by: Jerry and Melanie King - TN

“I sometimes subbed for Steve at Rhea County High School and I drove the basketball team bus for several years. I have nothing but pleasant memories...Read More »
17 of 52 | Posted by: Thomas Robinson - Dayton, TN

“So sad to see this! I loved his class! Coach Moore was hilarious, quick witted, and so fun! I had ACT class with him during his time at Rhea County...Read More »
18 of 52 | Posted by: Ashleigh Scales - Grandview, TN

“I am so, so sorry to hear of Coach Moore's passing. He always made me feel that I could be so much more than what I ever thought I could be in life....Read More »
19 of 52 | Posted by: Joanne Sheldon (Ogle) - Newport, TN

“Coach Moore was my favorite teacher in school. He got me involved in history and made my life in school so much more fun. So sorry for the family's...Read More »
20 of 52 | Posted by: Samuel King - Dayton, TN

“KK, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please remember I am here to listen and talk. ”
21 of 52 | Posted by: Cheryl Johnson - Franklin, TN

“So sorry for your loss. Coach Moore is one of the best. He will be missed. ”
22 of 52 | Posted by: Jerry King - Kodak, TN - Friend

“Randy and family,I am truly sorry for your loss. Steve was such a fixture for all of us in high school and many years after. He impacted so many...Read More »
23 of 52 | Posted by: Ashli Blalock-Christen - TN

“KK and Keeley, so sorry to hear about Steve! I always enjoyed when he came to the office for his cleanings. He was all smiles, and pride when he...Read More »
24 of 52 | Posted by: Darleah Terrell - Cleveland, TN

“I remember all the laughs that we had in his class room. He always made class fun and if you didn't understand something he would take extra time to...Read More »
25 of 52 | Posted by: Amber Oldham-Keylon - Dayton, TN

“So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family. I will keep you all in my prayers. ”
26 of 52 | Posted by: Julie Blalock

“Come remember Coach Moore as a class act for the basketball program at Rhea County High School. He coached my son as well as the many other boys that...Read More »
27 of 52 | Posted by: Edie Shaver - Dayton, TN

“Randy, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how close you two were and how hard this must be for you and your family. I will be praying for...Read More »
28 of 52 | Posted by: Tina Perry - Knoxville, TN

“Randy, Buffy, and Keeley...Your dad was such an amazing man. Always with a smile and extremely kind heart. We will be thinking about you and sending...Read More »
29 of 52 | Posted by: Donna and Mike Clark - Seymour, TN

“"Fly high". I will never forget the love and motivation he gave. He was such an inspiration for me and others at Rhea County High. By far the best...Read More »
30 of 52 | Posted by: Connie Gollaher - TN - Student

“I wasn't sure what to call myself to you Coach when it asked my relationship below! I don't know where to start because I'm so upset to hear this...Read More »
31 of 52 | Posted by: Dustin Shaver - Lexington, KY

“David and I want to express our love and prayers to your family. What amazing man and teacher. Ashely is now 30years old and still talks about how...Read More »
32 of 52 | Posted by: Teresa Hanes

“Brad & I were both always very fond of his vibrant smile & amazing attitude. He was always ready to make you laugh, even if it were at the expense of...Read More »
33 of 52 | Posted by: Lindsey & Brad Watson - FL

“I have so many memories of coaching against Steve at the Boys Club in the 70s. Steve was very intense but cared for those boys. Enjoyed coaching...Read More »
34 of 52 | Posted by: Mike Lovett

“I loved uncle Steve so much he taught me a lot growing up and I'm thankful for that my prayers are with u aunt kk and randy buffy and Keely I love u...Read More »
35 of 52 | Posted by: Tonja Mitchell - Knoxville, TN

“I am honored and blessed to have known Coach Steve Moore. He was truly an inspiration in my life, and I will always be very grateful to him. May God...Read More »
36 of 52 | Posted by: Andy Webb - Johnson City, TN

“Ask Randy about this....Coach Moore was my teacher and track coach. Evrytime I think of his I truly smile...he was always so kind and funny. As a...Read More »
37 of 52 | Posted by: Jennifer Miller - Knoxville, TN

“Coach Moore was the BEST teacher ever! Thankful to have been taught by this man. You are in our prayers ”
38 of 52 | Posted by: Valerie Sinclair - Dayton, TN

“One of the best things that ever happened in High School was when Coach Moore talked Mike Janusek and I (two basketball players with no tennis...Read More »
39 of 52 | Posted by: Derek Tobin - Cartersville, GA

“So many great memories of Coach Moore. He was such a nice person and good to my girl's at The a County High School. Praying for God to give comfort...Read More »
40 of 52 | Posted by: Bonita McCowan - Chattanooga, TN

“KK, Keely and family, so sorry to hear and our hearts are saddened learning of Steve's passing! We truly enjoyed getting to know him. Will be...Read More »
41 of 52 | Posted by: Doug Keylon - Dayton, TN - Friend

“Coach Moore was a favorite teacher of mine at RCHS. He always welcomed each student into the classroom with a smile. I recall him playing "Hope You...Read More »
42 of 52 | Posted by: Michelle Galyen-Burton - TN

“So sorry for your loss. Mr. Moore was easily one of the best teachers to ever teach at Woodland High School. We all count ourselves lucky to have had...Read More »
43 of 52 | Posted by: Betsy Marshall Whitehead - GA

“Randy, Keely, and family, My heart breaks for you as you mourn this tremendous loss. I know the impact he had on your lives and the lives of so many...Read More »
44 of 52 | Posted by: Sue Dunlap - Walland, TN

“Family, My heart is broken for all of you. Please know that Steve lives on through his tremendous influence including how he made a difference in my...Read More »
45 of 52 | Posted by: Stephanie McClure Huskey - TN

“I can remember when he asked me to let Sasha play AAU. I said play what?he just laughed and explained I had a funny look on my face when he said she...Read More »
46 of 52 | Posted by: Tonya Brown - Charleston, TN

“Coach Moore made such an impact in my life. He constantly had words of wisdom and loved life more than any individual I have ever met. I will never...Read More »
47 of 52 | Posted by: Kally Kienlen - Cleveland, TN

“One of my all-time favorite teachers. Steve Moore was a coach, a mentor, a teacher and a friend. The Sevier County High School Class of 1989 voted...Read More »
48 of 52 | Posted by: Erik Gray - Chattanooga, TN

“Buffy, Our deepest condolences and sympathies for your loss. There are no words of comfort I can give you at this time to ease your pain;I truly wish...Read More »
49 of 52 | Posted by: Jewell Lawson - Mascot, TN

“I know your smile can only make heaven brighter! You were such a positive influence on so many and I will treasure the time I knew you as a teacher,...Read More »
50 of 52 | Posted by: Kelly Brown-Whited - Knoxville, TN

“KK and Keely, So sorry for your loss. Praying for Gods peace and love to surround you I had met Steve at the pool last summer. May he Rest In Peace...Read More »
51 of 52 | Posted by: Martha Ellwood - Franklin, TN

“Steve Moore was one of the kindest men I have ever met. He would light up a room. I have spent lots of hours in his home and he loved his family...Read More »
52 of 52 | Posted by: Renee McCracken - Marietta, GA

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A native of Knoxville, TN, Stephen (Steve) Ray Moore was born on June 17, 1952 and passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Franklin, TN.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee, he dedicated his entire career as a public school teacher and high school basketball coach in the East Tennessee area. Excelling in the classroom was just as important to him as excelling on the court. Steve was a favorite among students, earning him numerous yearbook dedications, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and even Disney National Teacher of the Year nomination.

Steve coached many sports including baseball, soccer, and tennis; however, basketball was his passion. He had the unique ability to get the most out of each of his players. Most of his championships came from "Cinderella teams," earning him numerous Coach of the Year titles, including the honor of State AAA Basketball Coach of the Year for Tennessee in 1991. Decades later, former players continue to reach out to "Coach" to let him know what an impact he made on each of their lives.

After retirement in 2007, Steve enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing lots of tennis, watching various sporting events especially cheering on the Vols, and playing poker with his buddies. He was loved by so many and brought joy to those around him with his positive energy and his effervescent spirit.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, KK (Harness); children Randy, Buffy, and Keely; grandchildren Stetson, Braxton, and Kaydence. He also leaves behind his two brothers Larry and James as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

A private ceremony is being planned for the immediate family. If you recall a favorite memory of Steve that brings a smile to your face, please feel free to let the family know by leaving it here. Also, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support pancreatic cancer research at Unless you would prefer to remain anonymous, please use the following email address so that the family will be notified:

Steve's daughter, Keely, wrote the following eulogy in 2006 as an assignment for her AP English class. The words still hold true today:
"Dad, you were more than just a great father to me, you were and always will be my best friend. We are not here to mourn your death, but to celebrate you and the life you led. You know me better than anyone. Whenever I had a bad day, no matter how hard I tried to hide my feelings, you always knew and solved my problems. You sacrificed so much for me and Mom and Buffy and Randy -- for every person in your life. When I was growing up, I did not understand some of your decisions, but looking back, they were perfect. You were perfect. Nothing is the same now that you are gone. Snow days aren't the same without you watching movies with me; basketball isn't the same without your guidance; naps aren't the same without you there to rub my arms. You made everything special. This world suffered a great loss losing a man like you. You truly are the 'Renaissance man.' You are one of those people everyone aspires to be like when they get older. You are our hero."