Rhonda Gravley Moore, 64, of Mauldin, South Carolina died on February 1, 2021 from complications of Covid-19.
Rhonda is the daughter of Walter Carrol Gravley and the late Shelby Stokes Gravley. She was born in Easley, South Carolina, but spent her childhood all over the United States because of her father's service in the Air Force. She graduated from Easley High School in the class of 1974, Anderson College in 1976, and Clemson University in the class of 1978.
Rhonda was a gifted educator and mentor. For years, she taught middle school English and language arts in the Greenville County School District. She was known by her students and teaching peers for her creativity and her ability to build meaningful relationships with students. Her dynamic approach to teaching typically mundane grammar fundamentals engaged students through use of pop culture, classic literature, and creative project assignments that were fondly remembered long after time spent in her class. She directed annual school plays and cultivated a love of the arts in many who would later pursue professional careers in creative fields. Rhonda's greatest legacy, however, was her ability to see the innate goodness and unique gifts in each of her students. Her passion for nurturing those gifts was limitless. She was beloved for her honesty and sincere investment in the potential she saw in each young person in her classroom, and her dedication to their growth will be long felt and remembered by former students.
Rhonda was a cherished daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She was fiercely loyal, with a sharp wit and a generous heart. She was kind, opinionated, effortlessly funny, and she gave extravagantly of her time, energy, and love. Rhonda delighted in her family and was devoted to supporting and encouraging her children and grandchildren. She leaves this world with no doubt of her abiding love for them. Her presence will be deeply missed by many, but especially by her husband of 42 years, Jeff Moore, her daughters Jill Holloway and Carrie Crawford, and their spouses, Melinda Holloway and Nate Crawford. She is also survived by the family who loved her first, her sister, Cyndi Gravley of Easley, her brother, Michael Gravley of Asheville, and her father Walter Carrol Gravley of Six Mile.
Rhonda is also survived by her three grandchildren: Claire Crawford, Drew Crawford, and Ben Holloway. Anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing Rhonda over the last seven years knows without a doubt that these three beautiful souls were the deepest joy of her life. "Grammie" is a bright light and deep well of love that will live on in her beloved grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, when conditions become safe for groups to gather.
In lieu of flowers, Rhonda's family would like to invite contributions to the Lupus Foundation of America (www.lupus.org) in honor of her decades-long struggle with the disease.