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John Moore

John Joseph "JJ" Moore

Tuesday, August 28th, 1951 - Sunday, October 4th, 2020
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John Joseph Moore, affectionately known as “JJ,” slipped away peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2020, at home, after a long illness.

JJ, 69, was born August 28, 1951, in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1970 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Shaw University, where he also pledged Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. JJ was a proud alumnus of Shaw as well as brother of Groove Phi Groove. He often wore that pride emblazoned across his favorite T-shirts.
After graduating college, JJ served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, from 1976-1990. He worked for the Moral Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department as a Recreation Specialist in Cuba, New York and Norfolk, Virginia, before retiring in 2017. He was indeed a renaissance man.

JJ’s skill as a masterful African American Folk Art Woodcarver afforded him the pleasure of sharing stories with young and old. He also built an elaborate train set that he shared with elementary school students and young-at-heart adults. His work is on display at the Shaw University Museum, Hampton University Museum and at the Jordan Newby Public Library in Norfolk, VA

He was very civic-minded and volunteered with various groups such as the Chess Nutzs Knights Network, which teaches juveniles in Norfolk and Hampton detention centers how to play the game of chess. He also volunteered to help clean up during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He followed in his father's footsteps as an active 3rd Degree Mason and was a Junior Deacon at Unity Lodge #93.

The avid tennis player never forgot his Philadelphia roots. He played on the basketball and football teams at West Philadelphia High School (WPHS) and was a member of the WPHS Alumni Association. He also lettered in all three previously mentioned sports.

Last, but not least, as a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, JJ faithfully served for several years as head of the bus ministry and continued to provide educational experiences for young and old through his woodcarvings during Black History Month and other special celebrations.

He leaves to cherish his memory, a devoted wife, Valencia White Moore; two daughters, C. Moore, and Toneiko Holloway, Goldsboro, N.C.; two grandchildren, Dakeem and Sir Tauria; two sisters, Peggy Moore, Philadelphia, PA, Diane Blakely (Thomas) Winston-Salem, NC; brother, Julius Moore, Sandersville, GA; two aunts, Ruby Moore Clark, College Park, GA, Readith Moore, Philadelphia; two sisters-in-law, Debbie White, Norfolk, VA and Sharon White, Charlotte, NC; and a host of a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae (Jordan) and Willie Lee Moore, and a brother, Lee Arthur Moore.
We will miss our beloved JJ dearly, but we know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, October 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Shiloh Baptist Church
    745 Park Avenue
    Norfolk, Va 23504
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  • Interment

    Moore Family Cemetery
    331 Mooretown Road
    Ahoskie, North Carolina 27910
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Bobby Sanders

Posted at 02:58pm
Good Afternoon to the Moore family. I was deeply sadden when I learned of the passing of your love one. Allow me to say that you can draw from the wonderful memories, beautiful times, and time spent together to help sustain and keep you in thees difficulty times. I am Bobby Sanders, I was the Assistant Men Basketball Coach at Shaw University when I met JJ. He established himself as the most reliable ans dependable manager in the history of Shaw athletics. I had a opportunity to talk JJ after the Virginia and NY alumni chapter had a virtue meeting with the present Shaw President. We shared a laugh about our trip to Atlanta to participate in a tournament and JJ locked our best player, Andrew Richardson, in the locker room. JJ and I went back to the locker room because coach James Farris was about to lose his mind. We found Drew pounding on the locker room door. I advised JJ to let me take Drew to floor and he hang back until the game started because we did not want to see Coach Farris go off. JJ complied and the night went well except we loss the Game. JJ, I love you and please allow God's shining light direct your path to your Heavenly Home.

Louise Garrett

Posted at 05:17pm
Valencia and Family,
I was very saddened to hear of "J.J's." passing. He was a kind and talented friend who had such a gentle spirit. Our Shaw University Family has lost a special member who will be sorely missed.
May God bless you , strengthen you, and keep you in His care.

Louise White Garrett

Bert Shockley

Posted at 01:19pm
Rest in Paradise JJ.
Shaw University Homecoming 2019
Our last one together. They will never be the same without you.
Thanks for making me the man & Groove that I am.
Love you, Fellowman. You’re already missed.

Bert Shockley

Posted at 01:08pm
Shaw U Homecoming 2019
They will never be the same without you.Thank for making me the Groove that i am!

Danna Oderman

Posted at 12:31pm
Valencia, my heart goes out to you. JJ was special .He was a good friend to me. My prayers are with you at this time. Much love to you. Danna
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