'Bucket' Moseley Named to Rector High HOF

Thursday, August 20, 2015
L.B "Bucket" Moseley

L.B. "Bucket" Moseley has been announced as a member of the 2015 induction class of the Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame. Moseley was not only an outstanding sports player, but is well known for his contributions to the community.

Moseley was quarterback on the Rector football team in 1932, and was an "outstanding basketball player" according to CCTD archives. He was awarded a basketball sweater in 1934, and awarded best all-around and best athlete his senior year of 1935.

After graduation Moseley contributed to the sports program of Rector by acting as scorekeeper and clock operator for more than 12 years, and a member of the original Blackcat Booster Club. He contributed to the community not only as school board president, but also as a member of the city council, judge for district spelling bees from 1955 to 1968, treasurer and elder at Fifth and Pine Church of Christ and a Labor Day Picnic volunteer for many years.

During high school Moseley worked in Phillips Drug Store in downtown Rector as an apprentice. In 1940 Moseley married Eve Carpenter of Marmaduke, and in 1942 the couple was blessed with their only child Owen. During World War II he moved to Jacksonville, where he acted as a security guard at an ordnance plant, but after a short time returned to Rector.

Once in Rector he returned to the pharmacy business as a licensed practical druggist at Purcell's Drug Store, also in downtown Rector. He remained there from 1945 to 1982. In the early sixties laws changed and Moseley had to pass a required state test to continue to be a pharmacist, which he did, Owen Moseley said.

Being a pharmacist in those days meant it was your life, as the store would open at 7 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. through the week and stayed open even later on Saturdays, as well as a few hours on Sunday. "I remember people coming to the house in the middle of the night needing medicine, and dad would get up and get it for them," Owen said.

Moseley had a strong work ethic, and "was always doing something, volunteer work, city work or pharmacy work," Owen said.

According to CCTD archives, Moseley was busy doing volunteer work by shoveling the Fifth and Pine Street church's walkways after a winter storm when he suffered a heart attack Jan. 15, 1982, which led to his death.

Moseley is joined by Paul Wiley Frets, Joe Perry Pruett and the 1966 basketball team in the induction class of 2015. The induction ceremony will be part of the annual Hall of Fame program at the Rector High School gym. For more information, persons may contact Owen Moseley at (870) 935-4039.

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