Home Life Grady Moretz, iconic High Country tourism entrepreneur, passes away at 88

Grady Moretz, iconic High Country tourism entrepreneur, passes away at 88

By David Rogers. April 9, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Few people in Blowing Rock have had as much of an impact on the local economy and community as a whole as Grady Moretz, Jr., who passed away at age 88 on Sunday, Blowing Rock News learned this morning.

COVER IMAGE: Grady Moretz, Jr. and wife Reba on occasion of the new bridge dedication and Edmisten Rd. and U.S. 321, crossing the Middle Fork South Fork of the New River to Chestnut Ridge . All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

Along with wife Reba, Moretz developed Appalachian Ski Mountain, nurturing it into a favorite wintertime playground for thousands of local residents and visitors alike for skiing and snowboarding. App Ski Mountain evolved as a family-run business, led in recent years by son Brad Moretz and daughter Brenda Moretz Speckmann.

Reba and Grady Moretz, Jr., at their home in Boone, June 2016. Photographic image by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

In June of 2016, a new bridge crossing the New River at the intersection of Edmisten Rd. and U.S. 321, connecting the newly completed road up to the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, was dedicated bearing the name, “Reba and Grady Moretz, Jr. Bridge.”  On that occasion, former Blowing Rock Mayor J.B. Lawrence acknowledged, “Reba and Grady, you have been among the leaders of the movers and shakers in Blowing Rock and the High Country for a long time. You are leaving behind a great legacy with your family, but also in healthcare and all of the other things with which you are involved.”

Moretz served on many boards and commissions in the area, including as one of the founding board members of Blowing Rock Hospital.

Funeral services are as yet incomplete. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home (www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com)  is serving the Moretz family.  We will publish the obituary as soon as it becomes available.

For more information on the life of Grady Moretz, Jr., please enjoy the following stories previously published by Blowing Rock News:

  • https://blowingrocknews.com/27615-2/
  • https://blowingrocknews.com/27623-2/
  • https://blowingrocknews.com/blowing-rock-poem-little-history-little-mystery/



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