Herman Lee Moore

Published 12:06 am Sunday, October 5, 2014

May 23, 1928 — Oct. 3, 2014

BRANDON — Funeral services for Herman Lee Moore, 86, who died in hospice Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in Ridgeland, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Fannin.

Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Wednesday at New Friendship Cemetery on Summit Road in Benton, Ark.

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Visitation will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison.

Herman was born May 23, 1928 in Belfast, Ark., the son of Elsie Trout Moore and Burleigh Delpho Moore. He was one of six children.

The family moved to Little Rock in 1935, where Herman graduated from Little Rock High School and later attended Little Rock Junior College. He went on to graduate from Louisiana State University in 1950 with a degree in journalism.

Herman served in the Army on occupation duty in Japan from 1946 to 1947 and later in the Mississippi National Guard and active duty as a first lieutenant at Ft. Bragg during the Berlin Crisis. He married the love of his life, Laura Willene Halbert on Dec. 25, 1949, and went on to have two daughters, Laura Lee and Carole Halbert. Herman and Willene celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in 2013.

He was a sports editor at the Natchez Times and eventually became editor. His column was chosen as the best daily column for a newspaper in Mississippi. He later served as director of public relations for International Paper in Natchez and as regional manager of state government relations for Georgia Pacific from 1978 to1993.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Natchez, Dauphin Way Baptist and Dunwoody Baptist Church in Dunwoody, Ga. He taught Sunday school at all three churches.

He was district governor of Kiwanis for Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee in 1968 and later served on the International Committee in Kiwanis.

Post-retirement, Herman and Willene traveled extensively to 33 foreign countries and all 50 states. After moving to Mississippi in 2010, he wrote and published a book about his life entitled “Growing up Pore.”

Herman is survived by his wife of 64 years, Laura Willene Halbert; one, brother James C. Moore  and wife Anita; two daughters Laura Lee Everitt  and husband John and Carole Mann and husband Gerry; four grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth Smith  and husband Jeff, Lana Meredith Boatman  and husband Eddie, Curtis Lee Everitt and Joel Lamar Mann, and three great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Fannin, 101 Church Road, Brandon MS 39047.