Announcing Shirley Moore's passing
It is with sad hearts that we announce that Shirley Arnold Moore, whose life centered around Christian Home & Bible School in Mount Dora since her childhood days, passed away today at home following a lengthy illness.
As the wife to President James E. Moore, Shirley served as the "first lady" to the CH&BS family for the past quarter century. Her connections to this institution, however, go much deeper. Shirley was born on April 28, 1947, in Shelbyville, Tennessee, to the late Wade Alfred Arnold and Sammie Kate Adcock Arnold. She came into the foster care program at the Children's Home in the ninth grade and attended high school there. Always an excellent and popular student, Shirley was Homecoming Queen in her junior year, Valedictorian of her senior class, a cheerleader and in the Beta Club.
Perhaps one of the ways Shirley is best remembered from her high school days is as a gifted singer. She sang on various school choral groups, including the Choralaires and Girls' Sextet, and also performed solos. It was their shared vocal music interest that first brought James and Shirley together. Then a student at Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University), James met Shirley for the first time when his college singing group visited CH&BS. Their courtship blossomed after Shirley graduated and joined James as a student at Alabama Christian, where she earned the Associates of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. James and Shirley were married on August 27, 1966, and enjoyed 48 years as a happy couple.
Mount Dora Christian Home & Bible School once again came into Shirley's life when she and James moved to Orlando in 1979, where James served as minister of the Concord Street Church of Christ. They immediately enrolled their children in the school. In 1990, her husband was named President. It was at that time that James and Shirley became members of Orange Avenue Church of Christ in Eustis.
Shirley and James have two children: A son, Scott and wife Cassie Moore, who live in Tampa, Florida, and a daughter, Tonya and husband Joe Emory, who live in St. Petersburg, Florida. They have one grandchild, Brady Moore, of Tampa.
She is preceded in death by one sister, Betty Sue Brogan, and survived by her four other sisters, all of whom live in Shelbyville, Tennessee: Thelma Vickers, Loretta Bayne, June Jolly and Mary Newman. Shirley is also preceded in death by her foster parents, Carl and Wilcie Fisher, and survived by two foster sisters, Carleta Ross and Judy Holmes, all of Leesburg, Florida.
Memorial service details will be announced when available by email and phone. The Allen J. Harden Funeral Home in Mount Dora is in charge of funeral arrangements and may be reached at 352-383-8178.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Christian Home & Bible School, 301 West 13th Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida, 32757. Condolences may be left on the Harden Funeral Home website at www.allenjharden.com and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep James, their children and all the family in your thoughts and prayers.