Dr. Philip Ball Moss, Jr. died on June 17 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Selma on January 27, 1922, the son of Dr. Philip Ball Moss and Margaret Handy Moss. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell N. Moss and by his brother, Dr. George W. Moss and his sisters, Marjorie M. Anderson, Ruth M. Tidwell, and Helen M. Holmes. He is survived by his daughters, Deckie M. Buccilli, Pat M. Vlack, and Janet M. Calame, his son-in-law, John C. Calame and five grandchildren, Katie and Steve Black, Jeanie and Bryan Jones, Taylor and Russell Vlack, Amy and Matt Calame, Abby and Jeb Stewart, and seven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his niece, Peggy Cross and his nephew Dr. Bob Anderson, and finally by his dear friends, Bernice Blocton and Jessie Parker.
Dr. Moss attended Selma schools and was the last president of the student body of the original Selma High School. He then went to the University of Alabama where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was involved in sports both in high school and the university. He also sang in and was president of the University Glee Club. He graduated from medical school at Tulane University and took specialty training at UAB He was a member of the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons and Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
He was an ensign in the Navy during World War II and was a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War, serving at Craig AFB as a surgeon.
Dr. Moss was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a devout Alabama fan. He loved fishing, golf, and tennis. He was a member emeritus of the Alabama Golf Association and served as president for several years. When he retired from practicing medicine at the age of 60, he obtained his Coast Guard Captain’s license. He and his wife, Nell, started a second career as a charter boat captain out of Orange Beach on their boat, The Mystery.
Dr. Moss loved Selma. Other than being away for school, he spent his entire life here. He practiced medicine here for most of his adult life, and volunteered on several boards. He was on the Selma City School Board for 12 years, was deacon at the First Baptist Church, was on the vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, was President of the YMCA, and was on the Board of Directors of the Selma Chamber of Commerce. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels and at the Selma Public Library. He was honored by the Selma Rotary Club as Citizen of the Year.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 on June 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Moss’s partners, Dr. Park Chittom, Sr., Dr. Daniel Clower, and Dr. Park Chittom, Jr., and also, his friends Janice Cleveland, Mary Gulley, Jackie Roller and Asera Care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Selma/Dallas County YMCA, the Selma Public Library or a charity of one’s choice.
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