Moore honored during district courtroom naming ceremony

Circuit Judge William Storey speaks Tuesday during a dedication ceremony for the Fayetteville District Judge Rudy Moore Courtroom in downtown Fayetteville.

Photos by Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Over 100 people attended a dedication ceremony for the Fayetteville District Judge Rudy Moore Courtroom held Tuesday afternoon in downtown Fayetteville.

The courtroom was named after the late district judge who died April 11 after complications from cancer.

Moore served for 22 years on the bench, first as the city’s municipal judge and then as the Fayetteville district court judge. He was an attorney for the Fayetteville School District, a former member of the School Board, and served in the state Legislature. He was also a longtime friend of President Bill Clinton, who spoke during a memorial service honoring Moore held on April 13 at Fayetteville High School.

Rhonda Moore speaks during the ceremony

Moore played an active role in the design and furnishing of the LEED Gold certified court building, which opened in 2009 at 176 S. Church Ave. in downtown Fayetteville.

During the ceremony, Moore’s wife Rhonda, who is principal at Root Elementary School in Fayetteville, said although Rudy was too humble to have ever suggested the courtroom be named after him, he would have deeply appreciated knowing the honor that Fayetteville residents and city officials have bestowed upon him.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan called Moore an “honest man with a real heart” who always showed wise judgement and put the people first.

“The fact that I had the honor of being mayor while Rudy was on the bench means the world to me,” said Jordan. “It is fitting that this courtroom be named after this honorable and wise judge who was the first to rule from this bench.”

Other speakers at the Tuesday dedication included City Attorney Kit Williams, City Prosecutor Casey Jones, Circuit Judge William Storey and Fayetteville District Court Clerk Dena Stockalper.