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CORRECTION AMEAL MOORE, 1934-2013 Ameal Moore, three-term Riverside City Councilman (1994-2006), died peacefully in his home April 29, 2013 after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by love from his wife of 56 years, Henrietta, and their sons. Moore was born in Camp Rowling, a logging town in southern Mississippi in 1934, the youngest of five sons. Two daughters, Elizabeth and Vera, later joined the Moore family ranks. Shortly after graduation from high school, class president and valedictorian Moore chose to help out his family by joining the Air Force rather than accept a working scholarship to Alcorn A & M College. In the service he trained as a cryptographer and was awarded top secret clearance, a designation that would take him to Clark AFB in the Philippines; the National Security Agency at Fort Meade; Thule, Greenland; and finally March Air Force Base. Half way through his eight years in the Air Force, Moore married his high school sweetheart, Henrietta Silas. Following his honorable discharge late in 1962, Moore sought to continue his career in communications with the Foreign Service or Western Union, but as a back up he also took the Postal Service examination. It is ironic, and fortunate for Riverside, that his offer of employment from the Foreign Service arrived only days after he secured a position with the postal service, a career that lasted 30 years. While working full time and raising a family, Moore also returned to school, graduating with honors from Riverside City College in 1970, and receiving his bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University Fullerton in 1974. That same year he was promoted to carrier supervisor, the first African American in the Riverside system to be awarded such a position. Public service began knocking on his door in the mid-1970s. Ameal Moore became vice president, then president of the local chapter of the NAACP. He headed the John W. North High School's Site Council, served as a member of the Board of Trustees and Sunday School Superintendent for the Second Baptist Church, was active in the Riverside East Rotary Club and Toastmasters, was appointed to the City of Riverside's Parking, Traffic, and Streets Commission and later the Planning Commission, and was a key member of the Martin Luther King Visionary group that raised money for the statue on the Main Street Mall. What else could follow after his retirement as a superintendent of the Post Office in 1992 but a bid for public office! Ameal Moore was first elected to the Council in 1994, and served three consecutive four-year terms in that post. During his tenure on the Council he was instrumental in the revitalization of University Avenue, the development of University Village, the growth of the Marketplace and the Sycamore Canyon industrial areas, the creation of Sycamore Canyon Neighborhood and Wilderness Parks, and the revitalization of the Chicago Avenue Shopping Center. He was also the Council's representative on the Board of the Riverside Transit Agency. Following his years on the Riverside City Council Moore was appointed to the Board of the Riverside County Transportation Commission. Among his many awards, Ameal Moore was recognized as "Alumnus of the Year" by Riverside Community College District in 2002. Just two weeks ago, in a moving ceremony at City Hall witnessed by family and friends, the Riverside City Council voted unanimously to name the future nature center at Sycamore Canyon Park after Ameal Moore. This was his last public appearance; his eloquent remarks remain a lasting legacy. Ameal Moore is survived by his wife Henrietta; his sons Jeffery Ameal Moore (Tyanne, spouse), Derwin Stephen Moore (Patricia, spouse), and Carl Edward Moore; grandsons Stephen Ameal Moore, Nkosi Mbonisi Moore, and Julian Angel Moore and granddaughter Lindsay Chareé Moore; brother Arthur Moore and sisters Elizabeth Daniels and Vera Mae Bullock. He was preceded in death by his parents Stephen and Margaret Ann Moore and his brothers Curtis Moore, Caldwell Moore, Ivory Moore, and Oneal Moore (a Louisiana deputy sheriff killed by night riders in 1965). Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Park Avenue Baptist Church. A private interment for family only will be held the following week at Riverside National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ameal Moore's name may be sent to_ or the .
Published in Press-Enterprise from May 1 to May 2, 2013
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