William Alva Moore Sr.

WILLIAM ALVA MOORE, SR. William Alva Moore, Sr., 86, of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 3, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born December 8, 1926 to Nita May Atkinson Moore and William T. Moore in Winnabow, NC. He was the eldest of 9 children. When he was 16 years old, his dad signed for him to go into the U.S. Navy as World War II was in progress. He fought in the South Pacific on the Destroyer the USS Halloran DE 305. His ship helped liberate the Philippines and he saw the flag being raised on Iwo Jima. From his ship he saw action at Okinawa. Every month he would send money home to his mom and dad to help them on their farm in Winnabow. He met his wife, Mary Elizabeth Lang while he was on leave from Charleston, SC when he ventured to Georgetown, SC. He later married her there and they have been married for 67 years. They have 3 children, Phyllis Moore Buie and husband Donald, Paula Moore Long, and William Alva Moore, Jr. They have 3 grandchildren, Donnie Buie and wife Crystal, Kristi Buie Parrish and Alexandria Long. They have one great-grandson, Cody Eugene Parrish of the United States Navy. He retired from Suburan Gas Company after 37 years of service. He was an avid treasure hunter, learned Spanish from a home course, loved music and old classic movies. In his youth, he loved riding his Harley motorcycle. In 2008 he received from the Blockade Runner Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy the Cross of Military Service. He is also in the NSDAR World War II Book of Remembrance, which is on display in Washington, DC at the DAR National Headquarters. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from June 13, 1947 to June 12, 1952. His family had an engraved brick placed at the War Memorial on the riverfront in downtown Wilmington in his honor. He was loved by his family and will be missed. Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Oleander Memorial Gardens with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Funeral Home

Coble Ward-Smith Funeral & Cremation Service
3915 Oleander Drive Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 791-4444

Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Sept. 4, 2013