Clarence Moore Dies

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The death is announced of Mr. Clarence Moore of Gaye Town, Sinkor Old Road, which sad event occurred on Friday, June 13, at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, following a brief illness.  He was 77.

His wife Johnetta Hoff Moore, had just left the hospital after visiting hours had expired when Clarence received his eternal summons.

Affectionately called “Colored Boy” by his classmates in Kakata, Clarence Moore was a member of the Class of ’59 of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), where he entered in 1957. 

He was born in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, on February 10, 1937 to the union of Willie and Salome Moore, of Arthington, Montserrado County.  They spent many years in Bomi doing farming, but hailed from Arthington and had relatives in Grand Cape Mount County as well.

Clarence started his education in Arthington, and later attended the Government High School in Robertsport, Cape Mount.  In his sophomore year he entered BWI, where he studied Auto Mechanics and graduated in 1959 with a diploma in that field.

As a second lieutenant who, like all of his classmates, he became after completing the Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at BWI, Clarence was conscripted into Liberian Armed Forces in 1960 and dispatched to The Congo as part of the Liberian contingent assigned to that war-torn country.  Among his other classmates with whom he served in The Congo were Lieutenants Prince A. Page, Arthur Bedell, Paul A. Perry and Mansfield Yancy.  Prince and Arthur, upon their return home, joined the Air Wing of the AFL, while Perry and Yancy joined the rank and file in the army, rising to become AFL generals. 

He was a former employee in security at LAMCO in Yekepa, Nimba County, where he worked under   the company’s chief of security, former Police Director E. Luzon Harmon.                  

In later years, Clarence did farming in Bomi, where he invested in Cassava and began processing it with the aim of selling locally and exporting cassava flour.

Earlier this year he traveled to California, United States of America, to visit with his daughter. He returned home few months ago and took ill.

He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, Mrs. Johnetta Hoff Moore, three children, including Clara and Ma Hawa Moore; his sister, Frances Mason Harmon; first cousins Rundell Hill, Calvin Bryant and Patricia Moore Smith; his 100 year-old aunt, Henrietta Peterson and many other relatives.   

The body will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlors at five o’clock p.m. on Friday, July 4 and taken to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, for a few hours of wake keeping.

All tributes will be paid at the wake, except those of the immediate family, which will be paid at the funeral.

The funeral will take place on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at the same church, beginning at 10 o’clock a.m. 

Interment will follow in Arthington.

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