July 16, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- The Tennessee football family lost two former Vols this past week with the passing of Ray Dalton (1960-63), fullback from Franklin, and Gary Moore (1977-79), running back from Decatur.
Dalton, who passed away Thursday in his hometown of Franklin, was a long-time Brentwood Academy football and wrestling coach. While at Brentwood he coached such notable former Vols as Bubba Miller and Scott Wells, both of whom enjoyed success at Tennessee and later in the NFL.
Dalton, who lettered at fullback in 1962, recorded 39 yards rushing on 12 carries and caught two passes for 21 yards. He was a member of the last team coached by Bowden Wyatt.
Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Williamson County Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Franklin. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at The People's Church, in Franklin.
Moore, who died July 9 in Tampa, Fla., is originally from Decatur, where he attended Meigs County High School. He was the state's leading high school scorer in 1975 on a Tigers team coached by Bill James.
Vols fans best remember Moore as a kick returner. His 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Auburn in 1979 is tied for sixth all-time at UT. A three-year letterman from 1977, '78 and '79, he boasted 996 career return yards on 41 returns, which ranks sixth all-time at Tennessee. In 1977, his 25.7 yards per return ranked fourth in all of college football.
Moore also spent significant time at tailback on Johnny Majors' first three teams, running up 417 yards and four touchdowns on 97 rushing attempts. He caught four passes in his career for a total of 21 yards.
Moore lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the time of his death.