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William Donald Moore, 1931 - 2007

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  The Rev. Dr. William D. Moore was born in Tarboro, N.C., and was the first of five children born to William D. and Elizabeth Moore. As a young child he felt God calling him to minister, so he would stand on a stump and “preach” to his father’s tenant farmers. They indulged him, and as a teenager he would often conduct services in their churches.
  Although Bill excelled in public speaking and was an excellent student, he did not follow this call after graduating from high school. He attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina for a year and returned home to become a farmer. Bill’s heart was not in farming and soon he was praying for God to get him out of the cotton field.
 His prayer was answered and he became a local pastor and part-time student. While serving churches in North Carolina he attended the Pastor’s School Program at Duke Divinity School during the summers, as well as North Carolina Wesleyan College. While serving in Halifax, he met and became friends with Bishop William Cannon. Bishop Cannon, impressed with Bill’s extensive library, encouraged him to enroll in a four-year college.
  In 1971 Bill moved to the Virginia Conference, attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute while serving North Patrick. (He remained an avid “Hokie” fan until his death. In his later years, he wore a Tech cap constantly, even while sleeping). With a B.A. in philosophy from Virginia Tech, he moved to Georgia. There he served churches in Culloden, Yatesville and Stewart Avenue United Methodist Church in Atlanta while attending Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
  After completing his Master of Divinity he returned to the Virginia Conference where he served William Watters, Remington, and Riverton. It was while in Riverton that he completed his doctorate of the ministry from The University of the South jointly with Vanderbilt University. Bill went on to serve East Nottoway, Capron, and Elkton.
  In 1992 he was placed on Incapacity Leave and moved to Norfolk. He and his wife, Ann, became part of the “Selby Bunch” — retired ministers living on Selby Place, also known as “Vatican Row.” In 2004 Bill and Ann left Norfolk and moved to Winchester. Dr. David Forrest, his district superintendent and friend from N.C. Wesleyan College, asked Bill to fill in at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Hamilton. A few Sundays turned into months. Bill’s love of God and the ministry was renewed as he loved the people of Mount Zion. They were a wonderful gift from God before and during his final illness.
  On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, at 9 o’clock in the morning, the Rev. Dr. William Donald Moore received his final call from his Lord and Savior. Bill is survived by his wife, Ann; his daughter, Nina S. Moore; two stepdaughters, Gwen Ware and Denise Hart; two stepsons, Gregory Woods and Jon Woods; and seven step- grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Thomas Moore and the Rev. Raby Moore; as well as two sisters, Anne Bradley and Faye Collins.
  A memorial service was held at his childhood church, William and Mary Hart Presbyterian Church in Leggett, N.C. Dr. William Withers, the Rev. Sidney Epperson, and Dr. Thomas Coffman officiated.
  Well done, good and faithful servant — the walnut tree is behind you at last.
— Ann W. Moore and Nina S. Moore


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