NEW BERN - Robert Earl Moore, 84, went into the loving arms of God Friday, April 11, 2014, surrounded by his devoted family.
Bob was born in Eli Whitney, N.C., July 2, 1929, to the late Blanche Cheek Moore and Lacy Earl Moore.
He is survived by the love of his life, Geraldine (Jerri) Liebig Moore, to whom he was married for 63 years. Bob was a true role model and a loving, strong and gentle father, grandfather, brother and uncle to his son and daughter-in-law, Brice and Vanessa Moore of Mebane, N.C.; granddaughter, Brooke Moore Buchman and husband Chad Buchman of San Antonio, Texas; son, Jeffrey Moore and granddaughter Rebecca Moore of New Bern, N.C.; sisters, Sarah Thompson, Rebecca Hargrove (Tom), Greta Thomas; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sister, Adele Braxton; and brother, Lewis Moore.
Bob served his country in the United States Air Force for 21 years and retired with the rank of Major. He was a flight instructor and flew several different airplanes during his years of service, including the L-18, T-6, T-28, T-33, C-47, B-25, and KC-135. After civilian retirement, he renewed his love of flying by obtaining his private pilot's license. He flew with the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Flying Club and then became part owner of a Cessna 182 with friend, Dave DeFerie.
He was an avid baseball fan and remained loyal to the St. Louis Cardinals through the good and bad years. At Bob's first base out of Basic Training he was chosen to play shortstop for the Rapid City AFB Flyers baseball team. They played teams in South Dakota and other AFB teams across the USA. Although a little late for a Southern boy, he became a NASCAR fan, watching "the race" most Sunday afternoons, and even attended a few with friends. Bob enjoyed kayaking with his New Bern friends and played hand ball or racquet ball for 48 years - until 18 months ago when he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Bob had regular M-W-F racquet ball games with his friends at Courts Plus, and he was usually the victor in matches played with sons Brice and Jeff into his late 70s!
After his Air Force retirement, the family moved to Greensboro, N.C., where Bob worked for Wachovia Bank for 22 years and was a member of the Optimist Club. After moving to New Bern, he became a member of the Elks, Courts Plus, Centenary United Methodist Church and the Aldersgate Community at Centenary UMC.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Middle and New Streets, New Bern. A reception at the church will follow the service. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Craven County Hospice, P.O. Drawer 12610, New Bern, NC 28561; or, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
The family extends their sincere thanks to Craven County Hospice for the exemplary care Bob received during his illness, with special thanks to Annie, Tammy, Claudia and Millie.
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Arrangements by Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations.