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memorial page for
Deacon Elijah Moore Sr.
February 9, 1931
~ May 29, 2018
Deacon Elijah Moore Sr., 87 of Neptune, NJ was peacefully summoned home by God's heavenly angels surrounded by family on May 29, 2018 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.
He was the son of the late Fred Douglas and Virginia Durden Moore and born in Greenwood, LA on February 9, 1931. Elijah or "Fur" as he was affectionately known was raised and attended public schools in Greenwood, LA and Waskom, TX.
Elijah went into the military to serve his country during the Korean War in 1951 and was a decorated combat Veteran in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was in the US Army for over 30 years and retired as a Master Sergeant (MSG). During his military career, he was stationed in Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Okinawa and several military stations throughout the United States. He earned numerous decorations, medals, awards, commendations and citations including multiple Bronze Stars. After his retirement from the military, he was employed with EWC, Inc. in Englishtown, NJ and retired in 1989.
On June 5, 1957, he married the former Yoriko Fujiwara in Fukuoka, Japan and God blessed their union with five children, Gloria "Jeannie" S., Janet M., Edith "Edie" R., Elijah Jr. and Virginia.
Elijah grew up in a Christian community surrounded with family and friends. At an early age, he accepted Christ and was baptized at the Union Chapel Baptist Church in Waskom, TX. He was a lifelong, faithful member of Second Baptist Church, Long Branch, NJ and on April 4, 1982 being obedient unto God, he was ordained a Deacon of the Church by Rev. Cornelius P. "C.P." Williams. He felt honored and blessed by this appointment and was dedicated to serving God through service to others. Countless hours were spent on the Communion trail and visiting sick/shut-in church members with his wife by his side. He was involved in many activities in the church, including serving as a member of the Men's Chorus, Sunday School superintendent and teaching various Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Bible Study classes.
Elijah possessed many great qualities. He grew up in the turbulent times of segregation and civil rights that could have made him bitter. God gave him the ability to connect with people from all walks of life and able to cross racial and cultural barriers. He was concerned most with God's Will and plan for his life, especially spreading the word of God. Those that knew him best describe him as: prayerful, dynamic, committed, loving, steadfast, faithful, God-centered and Spirit-filled. Elijah loved fishing and spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Other favorite pastimes were spending countless hours toiling in his gardens, bowling and watching westerns and sports. He always shared the fruits of his labor with his family, friends and neighbors. He loved to study God's Word and dialogue about the things that God was speaking to him about. He was also mighty in prayer.
Elijah was predeceased by his parents, Fred Douglas and Virginia Durden Moore; daughter Janet M.; brothers - Fred D. Moore, Robert Moore, Claude A. Moore, William M. Moore Sr., Earnest J. Moore; sisters - Annie B. Moore and Beulah M. Johnson.
Left to rejoice in his memory and legacy as a loving husband, grandfather and great-grandfather are his devoted and loving wife of 60 years, Yoriko; children Gloria "Jeannie" S. Robertson (Larry) of Manhattan, KS, Edith "Edie" R. Moore of Humble, TX, Elijah Moore Jr. (Linda) of Howell, NJ and Virginia M. Dunn of Alpharetta, GA; grandchildren Lynnwood J. Robertson (Nancy) of Davenport, FL, Shino L. Daigle (Christopher) of Manhattan, KS, Marques T. Harris of South Riding, VA, Micaela Y. Harris of Humble, TX, Amy L. Moore and Matthew B. Moore of Howell, NJ, Micah M. Dunn, Trae B. Dunn and Alia M. Dunn of Alpharetta, GA; great-grandchildren Shaun L. Brown and Mya S. Brown of Manhattan, KS, Terrence J. Robertson, Elijah J. Robertson and Cooper B. Robertson of Davenport, FL; sisters-in-law Rosa Moore of Los Angeles, CA and Kazuko Takai of Tokyo, Japan and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ.
Elijah will be sorely missed by those that knew him and whose lives had been touched by his genuine care, concern and kindness. It is a great loss at many levels for us who he leaves behind. Our loss is truly heaven's gain!