Dr. Orlando Moss Sr.
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SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA- Funeral services celebrating the life of Dr. Orlando Moss, Sr., 80, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Church of Christ/North, 3401 North Market St. Shreveport, La. Officiating will be Garry Knighton, Minister. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park. The family will receive friends for visitation on Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. at Church of Christ/North.
Orlando went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Willis Knighton Pierremont-ICU Unit. Orlando was born in Monroe, Louisiana to Ora Lee and John Moss on March 17, 1931. He worked after school and every weekend to help his family of eight (8). He has two (2) sisters, Dosley Faye Moss-Strawder and Gwendolyn Gail Moss-Gaines. Orlando attended Little Flower High School in Monroe, Louisiana before moving to Shreveport, Louisiana where he sang in the choir under the direction of George Van Hoy Collins. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in May 1950. He enrolled at Grambling College in September 1950 where his major was Music Education. He received a partial scholarship to sing in the choir and he worked in President Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones' office to pay the other half of his tuition.
Orlando was employed by the Bossier Parish School System as a Band Director from September 09, 1955 to May 1956. He was called to serve two (2) years in the Army for June 1956 to June 1958. While Orlando was in Army training camp, Ollie bore Orlando, Jr. carried on the house duties, cared for Orlando, Jr. taught a full time teaching position with very little resources; yet she was an outstanding mother, teacher and wife. Orlando and Ollie also bore two (2) other children, Karen Yvonne and Frederick Jerome Moss. Upon return to Bossier Parish where he taught until 1961, he enrolled in a Master Degree Program at VanderCook College of Music in 1959 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1963. He applied for a choral position in Caddo Parish and began teaching at Herndon HIgh School in 1964. Later, he was assigned to a choral position at Booker T. Washington High School and taught there before moving to Woodlawn High School in 1971. He retired with Caddo Parish Schools in May 1987 and was hired to work at Grambling State University in 1988. From 1989 to May 2011, Orlando was the Choral Director at Mississippi Valley State University where he taught many students who loved and adored him and referred to him as "Papa Moss". During his years at the University, Orlando earned a Doctorate Degree in Music Education at Belford University during the 2010 program year at the very young age of 79.
Orlando and Ollie are proud grandparents of two(2) beautiful young ladies Haley Madison and Gabrielle Skye Moss, a number of nieces and nephews and are members of the Church of Christ/North in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Pallbearers will be Keith Collier, Jeff Danowsky, Tommy Hyson, Foster Lee Jr., Oliver Peden and Brad Robinson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: The Missions Program at Church of Christ/North OR to The Mississippi Valley State University Scholarship Program (In honor of Dr. Orlando Moss, Sr.)
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 27, 2012