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The Living ChurchJanuary 24, 1999Bishop Moore of Easton Dies; Was Diocesan, 1975-83 218(4) p. 6

The Rt. Rev. William Moultrie Moore, Jr., 82, retired Bishop of Easton, died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., on Nov. 23. Bishop Moore was a native of Mt. Pleasant.

Described as a man who lived the words of Jesus: "I am among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:27), Bishop Moore graduated from the College of Charleston, General Theological Seminary, and the University of the South. He was ordained deacon in 1940 and priest in 1941. He served as minister-in-charge of St. Alban's Church, Kingstree, S.C., St. Luke's, Andrews, St. Stephen's, St. Stephen, and at the mission in Rhems, S.C., 1940-42; as rector of Epiphany, Leaksville and St. Thomas', Reidsville, N.C., 1942-44; rector of St. Luke's, Salisbury, N.C., 1944-52; and rector of St. Martin's, Charlotte, N.C., 1952-67. Consecrated Bishop Suffragan of North Carolina in 1967, he became Bishop of Easton in 1975 and served there until his retirement in 1983.

Strongly committed to the biblical, historical and homiletic traditions within Anglicanism, Bishop Moore believed that every sermon should bring a believer a little closer to Jesus. His ministry is remembered as exciting, challenging and fun. Bishop Moore provided strong leadership in his dioceses, which guided them through major changes in the church such as the introduction of the 1979 prayer book and the ordination of women to the priesthood.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, and his daughters, Jennie Odom, Caroline Farris and Anne Hines.