After a long battle with his health, Carl Anthony Moses passed suddenly at his home in Richmond, VA on February 15, 2022 at the age of 65. Born to Nita Geneva Thompson and Carl Edward Moses on July 23, 1956, in Bluefield West Virginia, they preceded him in death.
He is survived by his half siblings William Moses (Robin) of Harpers Ferry, WV, Terri Mancini of Prince William, VA, Shane Moses (Patricia) of Virginia Beach, VA and Kristine Moses of DeLand, Florida. He left behind 3 cats that he loved.
Surviving children include Brenton Snowden Wilt (Kelsie) of Glen Allen, VA, Douglas Austin Wilt (Karen) of Gloucester, VA, Megan Virginia Wilt of Florida, Katie Allison Wilt of Richmond, VA and Stephanie Spicer of Maryland. He is survived by grandchildren Delany Cole Wilt, Madison Bell Wilt, Ainsley Marie Wilt and Parker Douglas Wilt. He is also survived by his previous wives, Vickie Lynne Bell Leming, and Leslie Teets Moses as well as Leslie’s daughters Leah Shepperd, Nori Shepperd and their families.
Some of his fondest childhood memories were spending time with his paternal grandparents, his Aunt Gaynell, Uncle James and their children in West Virginia. At that time, he was known as Anthony Moses and many will remember him by that name. His maternal grandmother “Granny” and her husband Bobby provided him stability and a home when he lived in Richmond.
It was late into his teenage years, before completing high school, that Carl joined the United States Navy at 17 and served on the USS Luce (DLg-7) from 1974-1977. He was stationed out of Mayport Florida and was deployed on two Mediterranean cruises, a Caribbean cruise, and a North Atlantic Cruise. His training was in communications and race relations. His duty on the ship was of a radarman (O S), considered the eyes of the ship while underway. He tracked surface warfare ships and aircraft. He made many friendships during that time but had a special lifelong friendship with John McDonald of New Jersey. Once out of the Navy he obtained his GED and he worked at Westbrook and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Richmond, VA as a mental health counselor. His fun job was being a lifeguard at a local lake. He enjoyed swimming, being in the sun and hanging out with his friend, Dean, and the pretty girls at the lake. Carl graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in Business Administration then later obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Averett College.
Carl loved to talk and make friends, so it was of no surprise that he excelled at lecturing for the Pembrooke Corporation on drug and alcohol testing education and serving as a Senior Project Manager. Unfortunately, due to health conditions he had to retire way too early.
Carl’s passions and interests were many and among them were hanging out at the Forest, watching NASCAR, listening to his good friend and local musician, Pat O’Brien, play some of his favorite songs around Richmond, the Redskins, freshwater fishing, lions, astrology and Elvis. Through his profession and while married to Leslie they had the opportunity to travel, including places like Tahiti, Honolulu, London, Paris, Rome, Lisbon, Caribbean, Australia, Iceland, Africa and Ireland. He later became a marriage officiant to perform wedding ceremonies for friends as well as for his son Brent’s wedding.
His wit and humor were known to all, he will be sorely missed.
One of his greatest gifts was to connect with people in the moment, offering words of wisdom and guidance. Carl was the charisma when he entered any room. The stories of all the lives he touched and the difference he made in peoples’ personal and professional lives is what mattered to him most.
Some of Carl’s favorite sayings if you knew him well:
“Squared away like a soup sandwich.”
“Alright, well I think it’s time for me to go home. You know why? That’s where I live.”
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Boys & Girls Club of Richmond or The Healing Place.
A private family interment is planned at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia April 22nd @ 2PM.
A celebration of life is planned for family and friends April 23rd from 2-4PM at O’Toole’s, in Richmond.
The Boys & Girls Club of Richmond
The Healing Place – Caritas