Robert Mansell Moses

December 20, 2019

Obituaries

Nashville, Tenn.—It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Mansell Moses on December 4, 2019, but with a deep sense of gratitude for his 71 years of life.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Harold and Alice Moses, as the eldest child of four and the only boy among three sisters. Bob learned early on about eternal love, utmost respect, and important family values which he maintained throughout his life.

Bob received an Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nashville School of Law. He was an accomplished pianist. He played piano at O’Charley’s Restaurant during college and later was president of a sound studio, Sound Media, in his early career. After business graduate school, he moved back to Nashville and joined Manuel Morton Eskind in the wholesale liquor and wine distribution business, Capitol Distributing Company. He later began his own liquor and wine distribution business with his brother-in-law, Seth Eskind, forming Best Brands, Inc.

Bob is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Marlene Eskind Moses; his adoring children, Marissa Moses Russ (Manuel Benjamin Russ), Caroline Moses Sprouse (Lee Michael Sprouse) and Ryan Manuel Moses (Katherine Wood Moses). He is also survived by his three sisters, Cathy Moses Laderberg, Nancy Moses Mendelson, and Amy Moses Singer. Bob’s six beloved and treasured grandchildren are Eli Eskind Russ, Miriam Alice Russ, Hal Daniel Sprouse, Emilia Clark Sprouse, Hadley Shepherd Moses, and Reid Meyer Moses.

Bob was active and involved in his community. He was president of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee, a board member of both the Temple and the West End Synagogue, president of the Harding Academy board of directors, president of the American Jewish Committee Nashville Branch, a member of the Zoning Board of Belle Meade, a member of the Keynote Board of Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, a member of the Tulane University President’s Council and Parent’s Council, a member of the Democratic Executive Committee for Davidson County, and a Nashville Rotary Club member for three decades.

Bob’s love of life and people were a true gift to all who knew him. He maintained a smile, which conveyed warmth and compassion even to strangers. There were no favors too large or too small that Bob would not do for others. He delighted in sharing life’s joys with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.

A celebration of Bob’s life took place at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom. The family requests that donations be made in memory of Bob to Abe’s Garden, Harding Academy or W.O. Smith Music School.

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