PROSPERITY — On January 21, Parker Killian Moore was killed after being robbed at gunpoint at his place of work in Warner Robins, Georgia. On March 12, what would have been Moore’s 24th birthday, a scholarship was given to Prosperity-Rikard Elementary student, Kaden Myers, to attend Camp Sewee.
Moore was a student at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary, he attended kindergarten and first grade back in 1999-2001.
“We want Parker’s memory to be something positive for his light to forever shine brightly forever. His dedication, enthusiasm and zest for life is unmatched. He was a special, gentle soul whose fire burned brighter than the rest,” Moore’s family said.
Moore’s family has begun an effort to remember and memorialize him through things that he loved. One of his favorite places to go in the summer was Camp Sewee, a marine science camp in Charleston, with his cousin Adam Powalie. Powalie, along with Moore’s aunt and uncle, Eddie and Myrna Killian, came to Prosperity-Rikard to award the scholarship.
According to Debra H. Templin, literacy coach at Prosperity-Rikard, Myers best exemplified the memory of Moore. He exhibits sportsmanship, kindness and a deep respect for others.
“He lives the life skills that our Principal, Mr. Timothy Lyden, promotes daily to our student body. He works hard to be the athletic model of youth. He has been noticed by faculty members in his endeavors to take up for the ‘underdog.’ Because of his adventurous and kind heart, Parker’s family chose and awarded Kaden Myers with the first Parker Killian Moore Scholarship to Camp Sewee for an all-expense paid week of learning at the marine camp,” Templin said.
Family members will also be awarding The Parker Killian Moore Scholarships at Piedmont Technical College (Newberry Campus) for a veterinary tech student for the fall of 2018 and spring 2019. Other scholarships will be awarded for the fall 2018/spring 2019 at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia (where he attended) and Central Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins, Georgia (where he recently moved). These programs at the technical schools were areas of interest to Parker.
A music festival will also be held in his honor and will be held in Spring 2019.
Anyone wanting to support the family’s efforts to keep Moore’s light shining bright and help students pursue their dreams, please donate to https://www.gofundme.com/parkerkillianmoorescholarship.
All of the funds raised will go towards these scholarships to keep Moore’s light shining bright. Moore’s grandmother, Gail Bensten, is a resident of Prosperity, and has helped secure the funds for the Camp Sewee Scholarship.