Arthur Moss made newspapers his lifelong career

William Arthur Moss
William Arthur Moss

William Arthur Moss Sr. had one career in his lifetime: He helped make sure readers received their newspapers.

Moss died Sept. 30 surrounded by his wife of 60 years and other family members. He was 78.

He was 9 when he began selling The Charlotte News in front of Walker’s drugstore in downtown Charlotte, his family said. At age 14, he took a part-time job in the mailroom, where his older brother worked.

He stayed on through high school and became assistant foreman and foreman of the mailroom for The Charlotte Observer over the years. Later, his son, Bill Moss Jr., worked for the Observer in the composing division.

Moss had worked at the Charlotte News and the Observer for 50 years by the time he retired in 1992. He returned and delivered the paper as a contractor until 1998. After that, he returned from time to time as a substitute carrier, delivering papers when regular carriers were not available.

“He started out selling newspapers on the street and he finished selling newspapers on the street,” Bill Moss Jr. said. “It’s the only job he ever had.”

Moss was born in Highlands but moved to Charlotte at age 2. He and his wife lived in Matthews for the past nine years.

“If he knew you, he loved you,” said Geraldine “Gerry” Moss, his wife. “I never met a person who didn’t love that man.”

He was cared for by Novant Oncology and Novant Hospice prior to his death.

In addition to his wife and son, Moss is survived by two daughters, Wanda Howard and husband Marty Howard of Charlotte, and Judy Bettendorf and husband Pete Bettendorf of Charlotte, as well as seven grandchildren.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms