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Davis T. Moorhead

Obituary for Davis T. Moorhead

September 12, 1929 - December 21, 2017
Clemson, South Carolina | Age 88


Retired US Army Reserve Colonel Davis "Dave" Tatum Moorhead died December 21, 2017 at Clemson Downs Nursing Home in Clemson, SC. The son of the late Charles and Annie Moorhead, Dave was born September, 1929 in Orlando, Florida.

Beginning in 1954, Dave began Federal Service with the US Patent & Trademark Office in Washington DC where he worked for twenty-six years. Dave achieved designation as a Patent Examiner-Expert in the field of packaging, receptacles, and containers. Dave received training for the Patent office from Clemson University earning a Bachelor's Degree in 1954. Later in life, Dave went back to school and earned a Master's Degree from Central Michigan University in 1975. Upon graduation from Clemson, Dave was a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves and served honorably for thirty years. As a proud Tiger, Dave served the Clemson Alumni Association as Vice President (1975-77) and President (1977-79). He continued to serve Clemson University and its community as a trustee of the Clemson University Foundation and was thus honored by the Clemson University Distinguished Service Award in 1980.

After retiring from the Patent Office in 1981, Dave had the privilege of working with the Palmetto Development Corporation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He then assisted in the Clemson Ramada Inn project during 1982-83 before returning to Washington DC as a Manager for Sperry Marine Systems. During that time, Dave also sold real estate in the Northern Virginia area reaching the Million Dollar Sales Club all three years. Dave Moorhead was also an avid car man, a member of the Military Order of the Carabao, the US Navy League, the Clemson Sertoma Club, the Army-Navy Country Club, the Clemson Fellowship Club, a member of both the Rotary and Lions Clubs, a member of the Clemson United Methodist Church, and a long-standing proud member of Clemson IPTAY.

In addition to his wife of fifty-eight years, Joyce M. Moorhead, Dave is survived by two daughters, Ann-Marie and Susan, a son, David, and five grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral Services will be 2 PM, Thursday at Clemson United Methodist Church with Rev. Pat Kelly officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, Wednesday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC 29630.

In lieu of flowers, Dave wished contributions be sent to Clemson Fund/Scroll of Honor Class of 1954/Dave Moorhead, c/o Clemson Alumni Association, P.O. Box 345602 Clemson, SC 29634-5602.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Clemson Fund/Scroll of Honor Class of 1954/Dave Moorehead
    P.O. Box 345602
    Clemson, SC 29634-5602

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Central, SC 29630
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