Alva Moats

LISBON – Alva Donald Moats Sr., 74, of Trinity Church Rd., passed away at 1:15pm, Monday, April 28, 2014 at the Salem Regional Medical Center following a recent illness.

Donald was born September 17, 1939 in Barbour County, West Virginia, a son of the late Harold Moats and the late Virginia (Morrison) Costlow, and had lived in the Lisbon area since 1961, coming from West Virginia.

Mr. Moats worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, retiring in 2005 from Trans-Spec in Columbiana, Ohio.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Germany during peacetime. An avid outdoorsman, Donald was president of the World Tree Dog Association; member of the NRA; and the North American Fishing Club.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 50 years, Lillie (May) Moats, whom he married October 26, 1963; daughters, Rebecca (Jack) Meighen of Canton, Ohio, Carla Moats of Lisbon, and Mary (Randy) Wilson of Lake Havasu, Arizona; sons, Mark (fiancee, Samantha Jones) Moats of Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Don Moats, Jr. of Lisbon; sister, Nancy Ours of Elkins, West Virginia; brothers, James Oran (Norma) Moats of Hanoverton and Isaac (the late Jenny) Moats of Coaltown, West Virginia; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11am, Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with Lay minister and brother-in-law, Fred May officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton.

The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm, Thursday at the funeral home.

Friends may also view Donald’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at