The Rev. Dr. Edward Lee Moore, retired pastor and teacher, died on December 31, 2014 in McKinney, Texas due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He had retired to Country Lane Senior Campus, McKinney, Texas, in 2005.
Edward grew up in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the youngest of six children of Roy Ivey and Freda Hendren Moore, who preceded him in death. He attended the North Wilkesboro Schools, received a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College; the doctor of ministry degree from The Divinity School of Duke University; and the doctor of philosophy degree from The Graduate School of Vanderbilt University.
For approximately forty years he combined vocations as a United Methodist preacher and teacher in Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee. He was a retired member of the United Methodist Western North Carolina Conference, and the Metropolitan-Nashville Public Schools.
In 1962 Edward was the first person from the North Wilkesboro (North Carolina) First United Methodist Church to be ordained as a minister of the Gospel. Edward loved preaching, working with youth groups, and visiting church members, hospitals, and nursing homes. He also loved classroom teaching, and the extra-curricular activities of his students. Throughout his life, music played an important part, and he was a member of the Davidson College Men’s Chorus, the Charlotte Oratorio Singers, the Winston-Salem Oratorio Singers, and many church choirs where he lived and served. Baroque music was one of his favorites, and during his extended confinement, this music was played for him most every afternoon.
Edward is survived by his wife, Peggy Reinhardt Moore, of McKinney, TX; his daughter, Jacqueline Erwin, and her husband, John Brett Erwin, and their children, Emily Grace, Kaylee Faith, and Ethan Brett, of Allen, TX. He is also survived by his brother, William Dudley Moore of Colfax, NC; and a sister-in-law, Patricia R. Parker of Charlotte, NC. Predeceasing him are brothers, Roy Ivey Moore, Jr., and James Marshall Moore; two sisters, Carolyn Moore Winters, and Eugenia Moore Brzostowski; and two sisters-in-law, Marlene Dockery Moore and Norma Bell Moore. Surviving are many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family is deeply indebted to the caring services provided by Baybrooke Village Care & Rehabilitation Center, and McKinney Healthcare Center, McKinney, TX; the pastors and friends of First United Methodist Church, of McKinney, TX; and the pastors and friends of Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, of Wilkesboro, NC where he was a member of the Charge Conference.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 6th, from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m., at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, 270 Armory Rd., North Wilkes-boro, NC. A graveside service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the Moore family plot, Mount-lawn Memorial Park, in North Wilkesboro. Conducting the service will be The Rev. Chris Lakey of Wilkesboro United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Youth Program, Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 197, Wilkesboro, NC 28697.