Former longtime Lancaster mayor Billy Moss dies at age 87

Former Lancaster Mayor Billy Moss in 2008.
Former Lancaster Mayor Billy Moss in 2008.

Former Lancaster Mayor Billy Moss died Wednesday at Lancaster Christian Care Center, a nursing home. He was 87.

"He was just the epitome of a public servant," said current Mayor Donna Powell. "He did everything he could do under the sun for the betterment of Lancaster."

Moss served 38 years as mayor, from 1968 through the end of 2006. His administration, in conjunction with the staff of the Blue Grass Area Development District, did the preparatory work for 7 miles of city water-line improvements.

When the former Garrard County Memorial Hospital became Lancaster's city hall in 2006, it was named the Billy C. Moss Municipal Center.

Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson said Moss "put his whole heart" into being mayor.

If the garbage workers inadvertantly didn't pick up the trash at a certain address, Moss "would go out in his own truck and go pick up trash. Or if there was a tree that needed to be cut down, he would go work on those things himself," Wilson said.

"You know, sometimes politicians in small towns will do that stuff for show, but for Billy it really wasn't. He was part of the city workforce," Wilson said.

Immediately after graduating from high school in 1943, Moss and three friends left for basic training with the Marines in California. Moss served in the South Pacific during World War II.

Moss owned and operated Moss Flower Shop in downtown Lancaster for many years. His wife, Berdeaux Bratton Moss, died in 2006 at age 80.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster. Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, followed by funeral services, at Lancaster Christian Church.

Burial with military honors will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County.

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