James Palmer "Moose" Moss, 68, a long-time sports writer and editor at The Joplin Globe and a well-known area musician, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Jim was born on Oct. 12, 1949, in Joplin. He was a 1967 graduate of Joplin High School and attended Missouri Southern State College. He was a lover of sports, especially baseball, a love that developed as a child when he played Little League baseball.
He joined the news department of The Joplin Globe in 1967 and, aside from working for a period at the Springdale (Ark.) News, the University Library at Fayetteville, Ark., and as a cab driver in Joplin, he spent his career with The Globe. He began as a sports writer, traveling to various sporting events as part of his job. Later, he worked as a district news editor and a wire and copy editor, the position from which he retired in 2015, due to ill health.
He was well-respected at The Globe and was extremely dedicated to his job. After retirement he enjoyed reading the newspaper, front to back, and "editing" from the comfort of his couch. Many times, he wished he was still working at The Globe, so he could fix mistakes he discovered.
Jim was a widely known musician who loved a good music jam. He was a man of many musical genres and his friends often referred to him as a human jukebox and a "Musical Giant." He spent many days and nights picking in jam circles or performing as a vocalist and lead guitarist with several bands, including Comfortable Shoes and On the Edge. As a stalwart activist for human rights, he loved playing a good protest song.
Many of his happiest moments were spent at the Walnut Valley Festival at Winfield, Kan., and the Woodie Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Okla. He first attended the Winfield music festival in the 1970s with a close friend and it was love at first camp. From then on, he spent every September at Winfield, his "home" where his friends became his family. During the entire week of the festival, he would guitar pick from sun up to almost sun up the following day.
Jim had an amazing sense of humor, loving a good pun, and he was a tolerant, kind, generous, patient, extremely wise, and humble man. He was always willing to help others and he was always genuine. He was an inspiration and mentor to an endless number of musicians, writers, co-workers, and friends. He was so humble that he had no idea how greatly he was adored and admired.
His son and grandchildren were his pride and joy and he enjoyed time with them very much. They always gave him a good laugh.
He also loved food, liking to have his cake and eat his pie, too. The last couple years of his life, he had an amazing caretaker and friend, Susan Sims, who kept him well-fed. He called her his "angel."
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Lauren DeLeurere Moss, Joplin; grandchildren Eliah James Pierre Moss and Sadie Jane Moss, Joplin; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Donna Challberg Moss, Joplin; and a niece Angela Moss Moore and her husband, Mitch, Lamar.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Moss and Helen Palmer Moss.
There are no words to describe how greatly Jim will be missed. Rest in Peace and love, Moose. Enjoy playing in the angel band and "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus, 2650 East 32nd Street Suite 100, Joplin, MO, 64804.
Published on December 6, 2017