Dr. James R. Moore

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Dr. James R. Moore, a former resident of Minden, Louisiana, passed away after a lengthy
illness October 6, 2018 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Entombment
and Memorial Services were held October 11, 2018 at Oakwoods Cemetery in Chicago.

Dr. Moore affectionately called “Sonnie Boy” was born October 9, 1932 in Minden to the
late Clem Moore Sr., and the late Mattie Mae Brodus Moore, the Great Grandson of the
late Reverend Jerry R. Moore and the late Chinney Moore. Rev. Moore organized Mt. Calm
Baptist Church in 1896. The Church site was located in the Warsaw Community near the
corner of East Union (Highway 80) and Talton Street.

Dr. Moore graduated from Webster High School in 1951, and matriculated to Southern
University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

While at Southern, he was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. After graduation, he
returned to Minden and was employed as a teacher in the Webster Parish School System.

He taught in Cotton Valley and Cullen, Louisiana before he was drafted into the United States Army. He served a tour of duty, and received an Honorable Discharge. After the

military, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio and taught many years in the public school district.

He later moved to Chicago, Illinois; it was here, he was selected to study at North Eastern
University in Chicago. Once he completed his research, he was awarded his Master’s Degree in 1960, and subsequently earned his Ph.D. in Education. His professional opportunities
opened doors and he became Dean of Arts and Sciences at Illinois Community College. Dr.
Moore consistently espoused academics, leadership, service and achievement to those he
mentored at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As Dean, he did his post-doctoral work
at Oxford University in Oxford, England. This was one of the highlights of his career. He
often said, {fA country boy had the opportunity to study at Oxford.”

Dr. Moore will be remembered as a Christian whose faith in God was the basis for all his
accomplishments. One who loved his family and friends, the town of Minden, Webster High
School, the class of 1951, Southern University, and the brotherhood of Omega Psi Pi
Fraternity, Inc. He loved dressing for the occasion, good music and good food. He was an
eloquent speaker and educator who loved teaching. He will be dearly missed by all who
knew him.

Dr. James R. Moore was preceded in death by three brothers, Clem Moore III, Johnny
Moore and Edsward Moore. He is survived by three sisters, Emma Jean Moore, (New York),
Mary Lynn Moore-Jordan (Minden, LA) and Geraldine Moore Miller (Rockwall, TX), and
Sister-in-Law, Glenell Moore, (Minden, LA). A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and
members of the Webster High School class of 1951.

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