Thursday, February 6, 2014
A legacy of good deeds
Last summer, when I needed help fixing my lawn mower, I called Jerry.
A couple of months ago, when Pam’s old dishwasher crashed and we needed a new one installed, we called Jerry.
Two weeks ago, when I was working late and a door knob and lock malfunctioned, at home, Pam called Jerry.
His response all those times and many others was always the same – “I will take care of it for you.” And he always did, promptly.
Never has a death stunned me like the one our Holly Springs Church of Christ family experienced Monday night, Jan. 27.
Jerry Moore Sr., at age 72, was full of energy and enjoying life. I had joked with him, as I typically did, just 24 hours earlier after our Sunday night service.
In retirement, he was on a personal mission of helping others. He would help anyone at anytime. He particularly reached out those who needed help the most – the sick, the widows, the poor, the homeless, just to name a few. He looked for people to help. He did not wait on the needy to come to him.
If ever there was a Good Samaritan in Holly Springs, it was Jerry Moore Sr.
He didn’t want the recognition. He worked behind the scenes. This wasn’t about him. It was about others. He helped them because that’s what he wanted to do. He did it because he lived his life based on the words of the Bible, constantly putting others before himself.
He was God’s servant. At our church, he was an elder, one of our shepherds. He led the flock by example. Continuing his legacy will be a tremendous challenge.
My family moved to Holly Springs 12 and a half years ago. I will never forget the first time I walked into the Holly Springs Church of Christ building. I was a stranger, but not to Jerry Moore Sr.
He was the first one to welcome me to my new church family. He had seen my picture in the newspaper that Wednesday and he’d read the accompanying story. He knew all about me.
Jerry was a faithful reader of “The South Reporter.” In fact, he purchased several each week, and had his own newspaper route. It was simply another of his kind gestures.
He’d call me when the paper was late getting back from the printer and we were behind schedule in taking them to stores around town.
“When’s the paper going to be out?” he’d ask.
“Soon, Jerry, soon,” I’d say.
He also told me numerous times – “I read it all, from front to back.”
I’ve been blessed, through my work with different churches in several communities, to get to know some great men. All have influenced my life for the better – but none greater than Jerry Moore Sr.
Sure, Jerry has helped me fix things when I was in a bind, but much more than that, he was a friend, an advisor, a role model, a father-like figure.
Pam and I will be just two of many people who will miss him dearly.
We will all hear stories for days and years to come about folks Jerry Moore Sr. helped, examples of service to others that we knew nothing about.
The life of Jerry Moore Sr. was about love for God, love for family, love for his fellow man.
He had a huge heart, filled with good deeds.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you...” – John 15:12.
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