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News of Note
Moore gets 'heavenly transfer'
By ADAM L. R. SUMMERS
News Review Staff Writer


 
Bill Moore, a well-loved retired teacher and coach active in many local ministries, lost his battle with leukemia on Monday. He was 78.
A family graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. Memorial services, with Pastor Bill Logan officiating, will take place at Immanuel Baptist Church at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at the Immanuel Ministry Center.   In 1950, Bill came to Ridgecrest to teach at Burroughs High School shortly after receiving his bachelor of science degree from Whittier College. While a student there, Bill excelled in collegiate basketball competition, and in 1991 he was inducted into the Whittier College Athletic Hall of Fame.
A year after his arrival here, Bill married the love of his life, Belva “Bea” Moore, and the couple had two children ­ Mark Christopher in 1952 and Melanie in 1954. “He was so happy to share the birth of his son ... with his classes,” wrote Bea in a statement to the News Review, “and was pleased again when his daughter Melanie was born in 1954.
“He referred to Mark as his No. 1 son and Melanie has always been the ‘apple of his eye.’”
Bill brought his love of learning and of basketball to the students he taught throughout a local teaching career of 34 years, including 17 years as a basketball coach. He took an interest in all his players and students and was able to recall the name of every player he ever coached, Bea said.
“My dad enjoyed the books and the music, the piano as well,” Mark said. “He was always learning. He wanted to learn.”
Another major event in Bill’s life came in 1974, when he was “born again, a totally new creature in Christ,” said Bea.
Melanie pointed out that of all the things she and others will remember about her father, the one that will stand out most is his love for the Lord. His faith and love for God flowed through everything else he did in his life and is what inspired him to reach out and minister to others, whether he was teaching, coaching, serving as a hospital chaplain or caring for his friends and family.
Bill’s love of God and of learning worked together to make him a fervent student of the Bible. He was self-taught in Hebrew, said Mark. Bea called her husband’s 1984 trip to the Holy Land “the highlight of his life - his spiritual honeymoon.”
In his later years, Bill continued passing on his love and faith to his family’s next generation. “His greatest accomplishment was as ‘grandfather,’” Bea said, and his grandchildren adored him in return. His granddaughter Stephanie MacArthur-Southworth, who preceded him in death last year after a long battle with cystic fibrosis, honored him with on his 70th birthday with a poem titled “Our Grandpa.”
Surviving Bill are his wife Bea; son and daughter-in-law Mark and Kim Moore of Apple Valley; daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Rob Kahley of Inyokern; nephew Bob Moore and niece Margaret Ann Bidek and their families, all of the Pittsburg area; grandchildren Kris Moore, Marquise Moore-Barron and husband Alex, Heather MacArthur and Mary MacArthur-Powell and husband Mike; grandson-in-law Daniel Southworth; great-grandchildren Bryce and Kyle Powell and Ariana Barron; daughter-in-law Pat Helm of Ridgecrest; and son-in-the-Lord Roger Helm of Ridgecrest.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Annabelle Moore, sister Eva L. Moore, brothers Burl, Lyman and Myron Moore, granddaughter Stephanie MacArthur-Southworth, and son-in-the-Lord Kenneth Helm.
“Please, just bless a person or ministry in Bill’s name,” Bea requested.
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