LTC Jerry A. Moore passed away on September 25, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Jerry was born in 1945 in Wayne County and graduated from Goldsboro High School. He received degrees in Chemistry and Biology at East Carolina University.
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Jerry was preceded in death by his loving first wife, Barbara Bennett Moore, his parents Ruth and Linwood Moore, a brother, Linwood Earl Moore, his cousins who were as close as brothers to Jerry, Jarvis Pelt and Charles Williams, and his grandfather Ben West. Also preceding him was his much loved grandmother, Elma West, the woman who reared him from the time he was five months old.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Norah McNeill Moore, son Allen Bennett Moore, brother Doug Moore and wife Martha, cousins who were like sisters to him, Linda Williams, Paulette Pittman, and Carolyn Pelt. Also surviving are brothers and sisters-in-law, Douglas and Dixie Ray, Jim and Eva Ale, Frank and Linda Bennett, and Camille McNeill. He survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Jerry served 24 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was awarded the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the Expert Infantryman's Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. He also received the highest achievement that can be earned by an artilleryman, the Saint Barbara's Medal.
He loved and appreciated the outdoors and was, by nature, an environmentalist. He loved fishing and he loved wing shooting. He grew up catching fish and hunting game for his family, and his grandmother taught him early if there was any food left over, he was to take it to others in need. He always believed his grandmother was right.
Jerry had an appreciation for birdlife, and at age 14, long before the sport became popular, he became a birder. He was known to be an expert amateur ornithologist. He loved Labrador retrievers, owning, training, and hunting several labs over a period of 42 years. All were good retrievers and good hunting companions.
Jerry was blessed with family and friends. He believed the scripture, Proverbs 18:24, " A man who has friends must show himself friendly." He tried to live that way.
In lieu of flowers, please do what Jerry would do; quietly help friends or family who are in need.
Memorial Service at Johnson Funerals and Cremations, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount on Sunday 29th at 7 pm-Visitation after service until 9 pm at the funeral home.
Published in Rocky Mount Telegram on Sept. 27, 2013