Rachel Hope Hampton Moody

Rachel Hope Hampton Moody

September 12, 1941 ~ March 12, 2023

Date of Service:
March 17, 2023


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Rachel Hope Hampton Moody, 81, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2023.  She passed peacefully in her home.

She was born September 12, 1941, in Boone, North Carolina, to Gwendolyn “Did” and Charles Hampton. Rachel was one of six children: Rebekah, her twin sister, Frances, Fred, Mary, and Gwen.

She attended the Advent Chrisitan Church in Boone as a child and grew to love singing alongside of her twin, Rebekah.  At 13, the girls were invited to sing on the radio broadcast show with Doc Watson, a local music legend in North Carolina. When she was 15, she continued her singing career with Charlie Osborne and the Country Gentlemen, and as time went on, she had the pleasure of singing with musical greats such as Red Sovine, Ernest Tubb, Loretta Lynn as well as local favorites George Wilson and the 2+2s, and Johnny Moore on the Astronaut Trail.  She wrote most of her own material and enjoyed singing about love and her Savior.

In 1956, she married Billy Merl Moody in Gaffney, South Carolina. They moved to Vero Beach in the late 1950’s and quickly started a family.  She worked alongside her husband at Bill’s Gulf station, and at Publix, Perkins Drug, Cox Gifford Funeral Home, Strunk Funeral Home, Lowther Funeral Home, and retired from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Rachel was a faithful member of King’s Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School, working with the youth group, singing in the choir, and leading many people to give their lives to Christ.  She continued to pursue her love of singing at venues around town and with many of her musical friends. As her gift to friends that had passed on, she loved to sing at their services in their memory.  She adored her large family and enjoyed spending time in fellowship with her “girlfriends.” Rachel devoted much of her free time to her jewelry ministry and being a blessing to others.

Survivors include her children Beverly Keehner (Bill), Billy Moody (Alison), Charlie Moody (Adrianne), eight grandchildren Joy Griffin (Justin), Boone Redmond, Will Keehner (Anna), Wesley Moody, Chas Moody (Madeline), Travis Moody (Minhee), Abigail Moody, and Ricky Topliff, three great-grandchildren Josie Campbell, Tucker Campbell, and Merle Redmond, brother Fred Hampton (Gwen), sister Gwen McGougan (Vance), sister-in-law Linda Harm (Rodney) and many, many cousins.

Rachel was predeceased by her loving husband Bill Moody, parents “Did” and Charles Hampton, her twin sister Rebekah Hampton, sisters Frances Howard, Mary Miller, and her daughter Rebeckah Topliff.

The family will greet friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service to follow at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, March 17th, 2023, at Lowther Funeral Home, with Senior Pastor, Frank V. Ellis, of King’s Baptist Church, officiating.  A private inurnment will be held at Crestlawn Cemetery at a later date.

Flowers are welcome or a memorial contribution in Rachel’s name to King’s Baptist Church, 3235 58th Ave., Vero Beach, FL  32966.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
March 17, 2023


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David Cook - One of her pastors

March 14, 2023, 3:40 pm

Rachel was a special lady. Loved talking with her and especially when we were talking family history. I will miss her smile and those little talks.

Katie Hamilton Reschak - friend

March 14, 2023, 5:17 pm

Such a beautiful and kind woman with the voice of an angel. She and Bill never met a stranger and had hearts of gold. A true southern lady in every sense. Prayers to family and friends who will miss her so much!

DeeDee MacWilliam Perkins - Colleague and friend

March 14, 2023, 7:50 pm

Rachel was a lovely woman. She spent her life in the service of others. My condolences to her family.

Cindy Quinn Helton - Friend

March 14, 2023, 10:02 pm

Rachel, you were so kind to me. Your warmth and love for everyone showed and all who knew you loved you! Thank you and Bill for always being so hospitable and fun to be with!! I can still hear your voice when we sang in the choir together. Prayers for all of your family and friends.

Donna Maness - Friend

March 14, 2023, 11:44 pm

To the Moody Family, I am sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing! But I know she is with her beloved Bill and Becky singing with the angels! I will be unable to join you on Friday as I will be away. Please know I am there in spirit! Sending love and hugs to you all!

Hubert Sylvester - Friend

March 15, 2023, 12:09 am

Such a wonderful Lady a great family friend . Sending Prayers to the family.

Jessica Durkee - Long time friend

March 15, 2023, 3:25 am

What a fine lady. Rachel was one in a million lady She had a heart of gold God Bless her. And Prayers for her family

Casey & Linda Bledsoe - Friend

March 15, 2023, 12:40 pm

Rachel was a special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Vicki Anderson Kromhout - Friend

March 16, 2023, 12:27 pm

What a blessing she was to so many throughout her life. I remember attending Forest Park Baptist Church as a kid and hearing her sing. My parents Gerald and Shirley Anderson have passed on but they loved Bill and Rachel. When George Wilson and the 2+2 band would practice they would set up in our Florida room at our house. Great childhood memories. Prayers and Blessings to the entire family.

Jimmie Lee Brumley and Dean Brumley - Friend of the family.our family knew them a very long time. my dad used to love to talk to Bill alot.

March 16, 2023, 3:09 pm

Such a beautiful person inside and out. She had a beautiful spirit and being a very young girl are going to Kings Baptist Church is where I was led to the Lord and I was baptized. I can remember so clearly seeing miss Moody sitting in the front row. cuz she was playing the piano that day. I have very fond memories of her and Bill. and they were two wonderful gentle and giving people that love to be around others.Very Blessed ❤️

Becky Mitchell - Friend

March 16, 2023, 4:14 pm

Rachael was a sweet lady. Before I went in the military she walked with me along the beach. It was there I made a commitment and was baptized at Kings Baptist.

Lisa and Dennis - friends

March 17, 2023, 8:23 pm

So very sorry we could not make it down. Miss Rachel was such a special lady. We will never forget her, that beautiful smile that came straight from her heart and lite up the room, and her kind and gentle spirit. God Bless you all and be with you through this trying time.

Juanita Culler - Friend

March 18, 2023, 4:52 pm

A beautiful person inside and out. So many sweet memories. God Bless the Moody family. Juanita Scholtes Culler

Marshall and Patti Voyles - Friend and co-worker

March 18, 2023, 6:46 pm

Dear Moody family, we are so saddened to learn of Rachel’s passing. It was a treasured blessing to know her and work alongside her for many years. I enjoyed the many spiritual and community conversations we had as well as listen to her beautiful captivating voice. Family was important to her and she was so proud of her children and grandchildren. Blessed are you.

Jayme Wessell - Family friend

June 22, 2023, 3:03 am

I will never forget what a special blessing it was to know Rachel. Having had the blessed opportunity for she and “Uncle Bill” to be best friends with my granny and grandpa (Lauretta and Harold Bishop)! I was influenced by her beautiful voice from a very young age during impromptu jam sessions at BBQs, to her days singing with my Daddy (Frank Burney), George Wilson, and Chico Crowe, The 2 + 2 Band. Those are blessed memories of which I will NEVER forget! Love you Rachel ❤️

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