Bishop Clarence E. Moore was born on April 24, 1930 into the loving parentage of Clarence Uriah Moore and Daisy L. Thompson Moore. He was born and raised in Gary, WV, was a graduate of Gary District High School and took college courses at both Bluefield State and WV State Colleges. Bishop Moore began his ministry at Apostolic Temple in Gary, WV 68 years ago. He faithfully served as Pastor of the Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church in Bluefield, WV for 67 years, until his peaceful departure from this earth on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. During the span of his ministry, he simultaneously pastored the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ in Johnson City, TN and The Bride of Christ Church in Rand, WV for short periods. At age 18, Bishop Moore began working for U.S.Steel at the Gary #2 coal mine, and he continued there for 21 years. In 1969, he retired from U. S. Steel and devoted himself full-time to the ministry and pastorate. As a minister, Moore served the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World as Bishop of its Virginia State Council for 25 years, retiring in July 2019. Prior to this, he served the parent organization for six years as Chairman of International Missions and as Assistant General Treasurer. He earlier served as Youth President and as a District Elder in the PAW’s WV & East Tennessee District. The Bishop received the “Presider’s Award” from PAW Presiding Bishop Charles Ellis in 2014 and the PAW Wayfarers “Legacy” Award in 2016. He previously had received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Berean Bible School in Akron, OH.
Moore was preceded in death by his parents; and his devoted wife, Dora B. Wilson Moore; one daughter, Myra Lucretia; two sisters, Geneva Bailey and (infant) Lucy Omega Moore; a step-brother, Theodore and sister, Gaynell.
Bishop Moore was well-known throughout the world, but best by his children: Clarresa Morton of Stephens City, VA, Samuel R. (Renna) Moore of Huntington, WV, Timothy J. Moore of Bluefield, Donna Moore of Tazewell, VA and Kesha D. Moore of Bluefield; five grandchildren: Leland, Jakki, Michaela, Harrison, and Morgan; three great-grands: Laikin, Kinsley, and Alexis.
He leaves his sole surviving sister, Ann Abbington of Stone Mountain, GA and a sister-in-law, Ninna Rodgers of East Orange, NJ; step-brothers: Henry, Dallas (Yvonne), Lorenzo (Deborah), and Ralph; several generations of nephews, nieces and cousins; his church and extended families and a host of others who loved and respected him.
Bishop Moore’s Homegoing Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church 104 Park Street in Bluefield, WV.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. On Friday, January 10, 2020, his Celebration of Life Service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Pallbearers: Marlon Brown, Milton Byard, Dominic Martin, Harrison Moore, Leland Moore, Bernard Murphy and Anthony Rodgers.
Services entrusted to Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch. (to leave online condolences: gregory-pagefh.com)