SHELBY - Mary Louise "Toot" Moore, 85, of 342 Hudson Street, passed from this life and crossed over into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 8:50 p.m. at Wendover Hospice in Shelby. She was born on July 7, 1929, in Clover, S.C., to the late Ed Brown and Mattie Bell Davis.
Ms. Moore was employed for 38 years with Cleveland County Schools as a culinary worker at Graham Elementary School. After retiring from the school system, she was employed with Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Beam. They were not only her employers, but dear friends as well.
Ms. Moore was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She lived her life to care and raise her family. She was a true matriarch in every sense. She had a quiet spirit and a heart to serve and to please others. To her friends, "Mama" Moore had an open hand, an open heart and an open home. She never met a stranger and treated everyone as a friend. If she knew you, she loved you.
Ms. Moore was a faithful member of Good Samaritan Baptist Church. She served faithfully on the culinary committee at church. She loved the Lord and her pastor and feared the Lord with a reverential fear. Her favorite scripture was Proverbs 3: 5-6. Mary was indeed a virtuous woman.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy "Wee Bone" Moore; two sisters, Zelda Love and Emma Davis; and five brothers, John Brown, Walter Brown, Bobby Brown, Jimmy Davis and George Moore.
Those she leaves to love and cherish her memory include her children, Steve Moore of Shelby, Priscilla Wright (James) of Hickory, Robert Moore (Freda) of Lancaster, Calif., Mary Blanks, (Jim) of Kansas City, Mo., Benita Gail Moore, Bishop Michael Moore (Sandra), Dwight Moore and Gregory Moore (special friend, Ann Ross), all of Shelby; one sister, Mary Watts Williams of Greensboro; 35 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; three special nephews, Andre Davis, Bertram Davis and Wayne Davis, all of Shelby; and a host of additional nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Visitation: In addition to Ms. Moore's home, the family will receive friends one hour before the service Friday, and also from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at S.T. Enloe Memorial Chapel.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church
Officiated by: The Rev. James Coleman
Funeral home: Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences: www.enloes.net