God in His infinite wisdom called Donald Moore, Sr. from his earthly labor to eternal rest on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. He was the fourth of six children born to the late Thomas and Malissa Floyd-Moore in Durham, North Carolina, on 02 February 1937.
Donald attended grades 1st through 3rd in Durham, NC, and Richmond, VA. In September of 1946, after he and his family relocated to Lexington Park MD, he entered the 4th grade at Jaboresville School. He ultimately graduated from Jarboersville High School (later renamed George Washington Carver), as the only student out of 15 walk in the graduation ceremony for the Class of 1955. He completed his education in the segregated school system of Saint Mary’s County.
After his high school, he entered the United States Navy joining under the “Buddy System” with his friend Rudolph Robinson, they both attended boot camp in Bainbridge, MD. He was then transferred to Naval Air Station (NAS) Chincoteague, VA, NAS Norfolk, VA and his last duty station NAS, Mayport, FL aboard the USS ESSEX (CVA-9). His naval career was an adventure of a lifetime. Ship repair required a stopover at NAS Norfolk, VA after the repair the ESSEX set sail for the open seas, he sailed the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans to far away ports such as Spain, China, South America, and thru the Suez Canal and around the Cape of South Africa. He also had the opportunity to visit South Africa during the apartheid years and shared stories of the food, people he met and homes he visited. Donald served 3 years 11 months and 23 days active duty and 1 year, 6 months and 21 days in the Naval Reserves. He was honorably discharged on 24 Aug 1961.
Donald returned home to Lexington Park where he worked for his father’s businesses, a Texaco Gas Station, Little Tom’s Tavern, and Thomas Moore & Son’s Roofing. Later he found his niche working for the government as a Civil Service employee aboard the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD, where he worked at the DRMO until he retired in 1998. After retiring from the Government, Donald continued to work for 22 years for various Government Contractors such as the Mackey Corporation, Amelex, Diverse Technologies Corporation, and his last place of employment Island Creek Associates. Donald was always a hard worker he received many accolades, awards and citations during his working career. In July of 2019 Donald permanently retired at the request of his doctors, after completing 61 years of work. He was always one to finish his task saying, “I will retire when I’m ready”. Things were not to be as his health continued to decline his gait was a little slower, his words a little slurred, his mind not as sharp, but he never lost sight of the good things in life. He was an excellent example to his family, friends and co-workers.
Donald met the girl of his dreams, the cream in his coffee and the love of his life Laura M. Green in May of 1960. They were married two years later December 31, 1962, at the home of James and Maggie Lee Moore-Thompson in Lexington Park, MD by the late Reverend Alfred Chambers.
To their union four children were born: La-Ronda Denise, Donnita Renee, Donald, Jr., and Thomas Adrian Moore. The family continued to grow with the addition of Grandchildren, Great grandchildren, and one Great-Great, grandchild.
Family time, travelling, fishing, exploring new places, social clubs and community actives were just a few of his passions. He was a member of the Jolly Gents Sportsman Club serving as President, Vice President, Treasurer and Sargent at Arms. He served on the African-American Monument Committee during its formation, and he worked tirelessly with his church family as a Trustee at First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park, MD.
Donald in his later years united with First Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Roderick W. McClanahan. He was a member of the following ministries: Trustee, Senior’s and Marriage. Additionally, he sang with Senior Choir on the 5th Sunday until the choir was retired. He withdrew from all ministries with the exception of the Trustee’s. He served faithfully on that ministry and played a significant role in the organizational structure of the Security and Transportation Ministries he also worked on the layout, beautification, and preservation of the church cemetery.
To cherish his memories, his wife of 57 years 1 month and 11 days Laura M. Green-Moore, four children La-Ronda Denise Moore-Johnson, Donnita Renee Moore-(formerly) Smith, Donald Moore, Jr (Sharee), and Thomas Adrian Moore (Sylvia), 16 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild. One uncle Malachi Floyd of Paterson, NJ, one brother Orlando Moore, Sr., (Mary), one sister Maggie Lee Moore-Thompson both of Lexington Park, MD. One father-in-law Rufus Brown, six sisters-in-laws, Ida M. Green-Watson, Verlene Green-Anderson, Sandra Jo Glaspie-Green, Pamela A. Brown-Scott and Emargery Lane Brown-Walker all of Los Angeles, CA and Pearlene Green-Greene of Dallas, TX.
Preceding him in death were one daughter Betty Ann Smith. One grandson Joshua Darnell (Moore) Smith. Two brothers Earl Clinton Floyd, Cleveland Moore, and one sister Ruth M. Moore-Goode.
All who knew Donald loved him, and missed he shall be. His life truly demonstrated the Fruits of the Spirit, love; kindness; faithfulness and joy. A lasting legacy for others to follow.
Family and friends will unite on Saturday, February 22, 2020 for visitation at 10 am until time of service at 11 am at First Missionary Baptist Church, 46370 Pegg Ln, Lexington Park, MD 20653. Interment to follow at First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 21075 Hermanville Road, Lexington Park, MD.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to thr family.
Donald, I will miss your smile. Every time I went to shipping and receiving you were always there with a big smile and a hello. I enjoyed sitting and talking with you. You brightened the day of everyone. I thank you for being a friend, I sure will miss you.
Donald worked in shipping and receiving in my building. Always had a kind word for everybody. A real class act. He will be missed. Deepest condolences to the family.