Ernest Lee Moore
January 1, 1936 – November 18, 2020
Ernest Lee Moore, 84, of Hickory passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence on November 18, 2020, at his residence, after a lengthy illness. Born in McKeesport, PA, on January 1, 1936, he was the third son of William and Mary Moore. Ernest grew up in a Christian home, regularly hearing the gospel. One snowy night in January 1946, at age 10, he understood through Isaiah 53:5 that Jesus Christ died for his sins, trusting Him as Lord and Savior. He was baptized and received into fellowship at McKeesport Gospel Hall, where he was an active member.
After graduating as an aeronautical engineer from Carnegie Technical Institute, Ernest moved to Niagara Falls, NY. He married Katherine Pinches of Niagara Falls in 1962, and together they were active in their local church, first in Niagara Falls, and after a move in 1963, in Manchester, CT. Two children, Virginia and Philip, were born in CT.
From an early age, Ernest had a love for souls and an interest in missionary work, and he often helped with gospel outreaches wherever he lived. He worked for eight years as an aeronautical engineer, first at Bell Aircraft in Niagara Falls, NY, and then at Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, CT. At that time, the Lord called the couple to full-time missionary service. In 1966, Ernest & Kay and their two small children traveled to Chile, S.A., as missionaries. Two more daughters, Deborah and Rebecca, were born there. Ernest had been interested in pioneer gospel work, and after several years of working alongside other missionaries in Talca and Curicó, the family moved to Osorno, in the south of Chile, their home base for many years.
The Osorno area is part of the Lake Region of Chile, and Ernest enjoyed taking his young family on excursions to experience the natural beauty of the many lakes and volcanoes, the nearby Andes Mountains and the Pacific coastline. In keeping with Ernest’s love for souls, his greatest desire was to know that his children were ready for eternity. To his great joy, his four children were saved and continue active in their local churches.
Through his years of service, Ernest had many opportunities to preach the gospel and teach the Word of God throughout Chile. He also traveled extensively in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia, preaching the Word and encouraging local churches. He was a faithful student of the Word of God and had a deep knowledge of Scripture, authoring a dozen or so books of Scripture studies both in Spanish and English. Ernest also had great musical talent; he loved playing the piano and singing hymns.
In 2014 Ernest was diagnosed with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy). In 2017, as his disease progressed, it became necessary to leave Chile and relocate to Hickory, NC, where he and Kay became a part of the local fellowship. They remained in their home in Hickory, where his wife lovingly and faithfully cared for him until his departure to his heavenly home.
Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Moore, and two brothers, Donald Moore (as an infant), and Stanley Moore. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Katherine; four children: Ginny (David) Turnbull of Claremont, NC; Philip (Beni) of Hickory, NC; Debbie (Tom) Turnbull of Canton, MI; and Becky (Bob) MacLeod of Catawba, NC; 13 grandchildren: Kathy, James (Chresty), Bobby, and Megan Turnbull; Emily, Benjamin, Angela, and Jeremy Moore; Matthew Turnbull, Rachel (Ben) Morphet, and Hannah Turnbull; Lauren (Billy) Haynes, and Robbie (Kaylan) MacLeod; and one great-granddaughter, Oaklee MacLeod. He is also survived by three siblings, William (Betty) Moore, Arlene (Paul) Robinson, James (Cindy) Moore; his sister-in-law, Chris Moore; and his mother-in-law, Helen Pinches.
A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday, November 20, 2020, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Hickory, with Philip Moore (son) and Bob MacLeod (son-in-law) officiating.
Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 (carolinacaring.org), or Venezuela Relief Fund (VRF), c/o Truth and Tidings Gospel Trust USA, 37177 White Tail Court, Farmington Hills, MI 48335 (gospeltrustusa.org).
Condolences may be sent to the Moore family at www.drumfh-hickory.com
The Moore family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory, NC.
Friday, November 20, 2020
Ernest Lee Moore
November 30, 2020
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the life of Ernesto Moore and share this gratitude with his family. I met him in Chile, specifically in Osorno, for the inauguration of the Gospel Hall in that town many years ago. I was able to stay in Osorno for a few more days after that to help him with some work in the new building. I tried to learn many things from him. I was impressed with his frugality, bible knowledge, but overall for his humility. He was a Christian man of strong convictions but, at the same time, extremely humble. My sincere respect and gratitude to Mrs. Kathy and his family. My prayer is that "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". He is finally Home.
Greater Philadelphia Area
November 20, 2020
Tuve el privilegio de conocerle en el año 1997 en casa de mis padres cuando se hospedó para una serie de reuniones en la asamblea local de la ciudad de Lota, región del Bío Bío, Chile. Aprendí a mucho de él, me impresionó el conocimiento de la Palabra que tenía, y a la vez la sencillez de su vida.
Años más tarde pude tenerle en mi casa junto a mi esposa Miccy e hija Emilia, en 2 oportunidades, y siempre conservó su sencillez y su devoción a su Señor. Recuerdo su Biblia llena de hojas con notas, amarrada con elásticos, que reflejaba el conocimiento que tenía y que desbordaba en cada predicación. Dejó un recuerdo imborrable en mí.
Aún conservo y uso una Biblia Scofield que me hizo llegar su hijo Felipe como regalo a través de él, y otra pequeña que me obsequió señora Katty.
Un gran abrazo para ella, que el Señor le consuele, sabiendo que don Ernesto sólo se ha adelantado a nosotros, y ya está viendo cara a cara a nuestro Señor, de quien tanto testificó.
PD.: muchas gracias a la familia por el gran gesto de, no sólo transmitir el servicio funerario, sino además de la traducción al español para los hermanos de acá que seguimos la transmisión con mucho cariño.
November 20, 2020
Como un reconocimiento a la memoria de mi querido hermano y consiervo don Ernesto, quiero compartir con ustedes una experiencia que le retrata muy bien, como un verdadero evangelista:
Resulta que en el año 2005, viajando en bus con él, desde Punta Arenas, Chile, hacia Río Grande, Argentina, para realizar una serie de reuniones de ministerio y de predicación del Evangelio, de repente, don Ernesto se levantó de su asiento, pidió permiso al conductor, y predicó el Evangelio a un grupo de más o menos 45 turistas.
Entre ellos habian varios extranjeros, y por eso predicó primero en español y luego en inglés, puedo decir que todos en el bus escucharon el mensaje en silencio y muy respetuosamente.
Así era el hermano Ernesto, muy valiente y decidido para testificar del Señor y aprovechar toda circunstancia para ganar almas para Él, fue una experiencia que nunca olvidaré.
November 20, 2020
Dear Moore family
Your dad is with the Lord ......which is better by far
He has gone to his eternal reward
The first time I heard your father was in October 1981 at the Stark Road conference
He took up the first seven days of the Lords ministry in John’s Gospel
He kept emphasizing” and the next day“
For a total of 7 days
The word was good
In the almost 40 years that Have gone past I have never heard anyone else take those seven days up in ministry
May the Lord encourage All your hearts Very soon we will be all with our Saviour
We will rejoin all those that we have lost
And what a day that will be😊🙏✅
November 19, 2020
Dear Kay and family,
As I read Ernest's obituary, I recalled a memory affirming his love for souls. As a teenager at Eagle Lake, he recruited me, along with others, to ride into town on a Sunday afternoon to go door to door giving out tracts. For sure a better use of that time than whatever else I would have done. And a wonderful lesson to me. Greatly appreciated.
As I now have some idea of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with you. So wonderful to know that he is with his Lord and Savior.
November 19, 2020
Con mi esposa Gladys, tuvimos el privilegio de conocer a don Ernesto y señora Kathy cuando llegaron a Chile en 1966, y desde entonces tuvimos el privilegio de mantener con ellos por muchos años, una estrecha comunión y mutua colaboración en la obra del Señor, hasta el año 2017, cuando regresaron a los Estados Unidos.
Don Ernesto se caracterizaba por su devoción y fidelidad al Señor, con un gran espíritu evangelístico en su deseo permanente de ganar almas para el Señor. Su ministerio, profundo y escritural, indicaba que era un gran estudiante de las Escrituras, como lo demuestran los libros que escribió.
Al visitarles muchas veces en sus hogares, pudimos apreciar su generosidad para colaborar en la obra del Señor y para ayudar a hermanos necesitados, se caracterizaba por su frugalidad, minimizando gastos personales para poder compartir con otros.
Así como su partida significa una gran pérdida para la familia y para la obra del Señor, de igual manera lo es para nosotros.
Su recuerdo será imborrable en nuestras mentes y en nuestros corazones.
November 18, 2020
Estoy muy agradecido de lo que recibí de don Ernesto. Hoy sigo al Señor , temor y amor que me inculcó .
Lo recordaré mientras esté en esta vida
November 18, 2020
My wife, Nancy, and I only had the privilege of one afternoon visit from brother Ernie and his wife. It was probably 30 years ago yet one that left a simple impression. They were a pleasure to have in our home and it was a blessing from the Lord. A visit that met a particular need at the time. Since then it has been a joy to become acquainted with the family they raised and evidently left with them the legacy of their love and service for Christ.