Douglas Moseley

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Douglas Dewayne "Doug" Moseley

Kentucky State Senator for District 16 (Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Metcalf, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, and at times Casey and McCreary counties)
In office
January 1, 1974 – December 31, 1986
Preceded by James A. Hicks
Succeeded by David L. Williams 

Born March 24, 1928
Bowling Green,  Kentucky 
Died November 8, 2017
(aged 89)
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Betty Jean Wyant Moseley (married 1954-2017, his death)
Children J Lewis Moseley

Rebekah Ellen Bragg
Leslie Anne Watkiins

Alma mater Western Kentucky University

Kentucky Wesleyan College
Candler School of Theology at Emory University

Profession Clergyman; professor and college administrator
Religion United Methodist

Douglas Dewayne Moseley, known as Doug Moseley (March 24, 1928 – November 8, 2017), was a United Methodist minister and author who served as a Republican member of the Kentucky State Senate from 1974 to 1986. HIs Senate District 16  included the eight counties of Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Metcalf, Russell, Taylor, and Wayne and at times Casey and McCreary counties.[1]

Moseley was born in Bowling Green in Warren County in western Kentucky, to  J Lee Moseley (1904–1968) and Eva Lottie Moore (1907–1976), later Eva Stamps. J Lee Moseley (The "J" stood for nothing) was a teacher in the Boyce community of Warren County. The Moseleys originally lived in a tenant farm house on land originally owned by Moseley's great-grandfather. Moseley graduated in 1945 from Bowling Green High School and is an inductee of the school's "Hall of Honor". He studied at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green but transferred for his senior year to Methodist-affiliated Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, from which he graduated in 1952. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1957 from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Union College bestowed an honorary doctorate in public service upon Moseley in 1985, and in 2010, he received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Methodist-affiliated Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky.[2] 

Moseley was a member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which licensed him to preach in 1946. He served as pastor for Methodist churches in Snellville, Georgia, and Hopkinsville, Park City, Highland, Old Zion, Russell Springs, Columbia, Albany, Munfordville, and Campbellsville, Kentucky. In 1960, Moseley was hired as a professor of religion at Lindsey Wilson College and also served as chair of the religion department and as an assistant to the president.[2]

In addition to his state senatorial service, Moseley served on the Kentucky State Parole and Probation Board, the State Personnel Board, and the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. He was district superintendent of the Kentucky Department of Parks and was a drug and alcohol abuse counselor for the Lake Cumberland Area Development District.[2] During his Senate tenure, Moseley worked alongside state Representative Herman Rattliff (1926-2014) of Campbellsville. Moseley did not seek reelection to a fourth term in 1986, when he was succeeded by fellow Republican David L. Williams of Burkesville, later the state Senate President. At the time, Williams was an outgoing one-term member of the Kentucky House.

After his retirement, Moseley published three books, There Is More to Preaching, Than Just Preaching, A Table Speaks, and From George W. to George W.," a reference to George Washington and George W. Bush and their roles as former presidents.[2]

In 1954, Moseley married the former Betty Jane Wyant, the daughter of a J. C. Penney manager originally from Indiana who was transferred to Glasgow, Kentucky. She survives him. Moseley is also survived by three children, J Lewis Moseley (Sandra), Rebekah Ellen Bragg (Darrel), and Leslie M. Watkins (Chris), and three grandchildren, Matthew Douglas Bragg, Andrew Jordan Bragg, and Haley Elizabeth Moseley. A sister, Barbara Moseley Cockrum, of Owensboro, also survives.[2]

Moseley died of Alzheimer's disease in Bowling Green. His funeral was held at Broadway United Methodist Church on November 11, 2017.[2] 


  1. Membership of the Kentucky General Assembly, 1900-2000. Retrieved on June 13, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Douglas D. Moseley. Central Kentucky News-Journal (November 9, 2017). Retrieved on November 9, 2017.