Dr. Robert Lee “Bobby” Moore, Jr., 69, transitioned into eternal rest on Monday, October 2, 2017, in the serenity of his home in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He was born to the late Robert Lee Moore, Sr. and Theola Ruth Ward Moore on October 19, 1947, in St. Agnes Hospital on the campus of St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bobby grew up in the Rich Square community of Northampton County. He joined First Baptist Church in Rich Square at an early age and remained a member until his death. He graduated from W. S. Creecy High School in 1965. He then matriculated at The North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) in Greensboro, North Carolina, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1969.
Upon graduation, Bobby moved to Massachusetts and became employed by Friendly’s Restaurant Chain in the Management Training Program, and later worked as an Auditor for American Optical. Missing home and searching for a more fulfilling career, Bobby returned home in 1972, and was hired as a teacher in the Halifax County School System. While teaching, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and received a Master of Arts Degree in Education and later graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, with a Master’s Degree in Economics. Bobby still had one more goal in life that he wanted to accomplish, his doctorate degree. This task was completed when he graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a Doctor of Education Degree.
Bobby held many positions within the Halifax County School System. He served as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and an administrator. He served as President of the Halifax County Association of Educators, as a delegate to the North Carolina National Convention, was a part-time economics instructor at Halifax Community College, and was the Chief Administrator for the Shaw University CAPE Center in Ahoskie, North Carolina.
After thirty-eight years of public service, Bobby retired from the Halifax County School System in January 2010. However, his passion for civic engagement continued to be strong, and he remained active in the community. He held positions on the Halifax County Planning Board, the City of Roanoke Rapids Planning Board and Board of Adjustments, was vice-chair of the Jo Story Senior Partnership, represented the citizens of Halifax County on the Bertie-Martin-Beaufort Shelter Home Board, and represented Halifax County as a former member of the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Government Board of Directors.
Consistent with his passion for education and athletic competitions, especially related to NC A&T, Bobby was deeply involved in his grandsons’ education and sports training. He would sometimes informally tutor or mentor students and young adults on college choices, enrollment, securing financial aid, and most often, everyday life skills for survival. Although NC A&T was his choice of recommendation, he did not always insist that they should attend HIS institution. The main purpose of his involvement was to infuse the lives of youth with the determination to succeed in life.
While at NC A&T, Bobby joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and became the first neophyte to be selected as President of the chapter. He was also a charter member and the first President of the fraternity’s Theta Kappa Sigma Graduate Chapter, serving Halifax, Northampton, Warren and Hertford counties.
Loved ones remaining to forever cherish his life and share the legacy of his wisdom and love are his devoted wife, Mima Jacqueline Johnson Moore; his children, Roblyn Tafoya Moore, Reynelda Theola-Mima Pitts (Tommy), and Robert “Tres” Moore, III (Barbara); his grandchildren, Jeffrey Robert Johnson Moore, Tommy Reymon Pitts, III, Aiden Douglas Moore, and Grayson Lee Moore; his brother, Jeffrey Lee Humber, Jr. (Willa); his niece, Alliah Humber-Rosario (Frank); his nephew, Jeffrey Humber, III; his great-niece, Nora Theola Rosario; his great-nephews, Kristop and Mateo Rosario; his mother-in-law, Vivian Mima Johnson; his godson, Tyrone Michael (Lari); his great-godson, Lennox Michael; his “Boys to Men” long-time friend, Woodrow Harding, Jr.; Rev. Lennis Thorpe, Sr., someone he admired and developed a very special bond; numerous cousins, in-laws, friends, colleagues, fraternity brothers, and loyal neighbors.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Rich Square, 405 East Jackson Street, Highway 305. The Pastor, Rev. William C. Clark, will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home on Saturday, October 7, 2017, with the family receiving friends from 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. On Sunday the body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.