Roy Joe Moon
December 16, 1939 – January 6, 2020
Roy Joe Moon passed peacefully at his home in Houston, Texas, at the age of 80.
Roy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Moon of Houston, Texas; his son, Scott Moon of Washington, DC and his daughter, Amy Nongbri of Katy, Texas, and her husband, Deven Nongbri, and their two children, Avery and Cole. He is also survived by his six siblings, Lillie Woo of Houston, Texas, William Moon (Shelia) of Houston, Texas, Bobby Moon (Jeannie) of Houston, Texas, Jane Hing of Sacramento, California, Jimmy Moon (Barbara) of Houston, Texas, Larry Moon (Frances) of Houston, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, Jew Guie Moon of Kaiping, China, his mother, Wong Shee Moon of Kaiping, China, brother Joe Yuen of Cleveland, Mississippi, sister Hing Yu of Houston, Texas and sister, Sue Wong of Sacramento, California.
Roy was born in the back of his parents’ general store in Boyle, Mississippi, on December 16, 1939, and grew up in the Mississippi Delta before making his way to Houston. He attended Boyle High School, and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1958. He was involved in Future Farmers of America and enjoyed learning how to tend to farm animals. Roy went on to attend both Mississippi State and Delta State, and graduated from Delta State with a degree in business in 1963. He was a proud Bulldog and Statesmen until the end.
After Roy arrived in Houston, he found himself on a blind date with a young teacher named Norma Chu, and they wed in 1967. They established a home in southwest Houston where they raised their family, and where to this day grow Chinese green onions from stock that his father had grown in Mississippi. He enjoyed a long career in outside sales at both Lone Star Beverages and Gerber Food Company, selling everything from wine to baby food, and made many friends among the shop owners, fellow salesmen and the larger Chinese community in Houston. Though he may not have been a formal member of the Chinese Baptist Church, he was a baptized believer as a pre-teen (Boyle Baptist Church), and encouraged others to join him for fellowship and Sunday School at CBC.
His children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews remember Roy as a colorful father, grandfather and uncle who always seemed to have a mint to share in his pocket. Those around him enjoyed his home cooked meals - the best smoked brisket, Chinese BBQ chicken and pork, wontons, fried rice, and cream puffs.
Roy was accomplished at this game we call life: there wasn’t a person he couldn’t speak with, a destination he couldn't map to, a grocery deal he couldn’t find or a car he wouldn’t drive. He was a fun-loving kid from Mississippi who relished a good time, and it was never quiet when Roy was around with his stories and laughter.
The family would like to thank the many family and friends as well as health care professionals who’ve helped and supported Norma, Amy and Scott over the years for Roy’s care. Over the span of 50 years, Roy was the beneficiary of 3 corneal transplants. If desired, donations may be made to Lion’s Eye Bank of Texas (https://connect.bcm.edu/roy-moon-memorial) or the charity of your choosing.
- Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
- Funeral Service Sunday, January 19, 2020
Roy Joe Moon
January 23, 2020
Rest in peace Uncle Roy. We will surely miss your larger-than-life personality and good cooking!
January 21, 2020
Mr. Moon was a man of many words. Much of the time about food...and deals on food. He never missed a chance to share, with a big grin and in his wonderful Mississippi accent, his latest great find at Aldi's. On occasion he even tried to give Kenny and me some of his stash. Sun's Club is another fond memory I have with Mr. Moon. He and Mrs. Moon, Amy, and I took a little afternoon jaunt over there one day in 2018. It was my first time and they were so happy to introduce me to that fun world of restaurant wholesale. I enjoyed every bit of that afternoon, eyes wide at the giant pots and woks. I went to Sun's Club recently, as I do annually now, and I will always remember the first time I was there.
January 20, 2020
The first time I met Uncle Roy, we were at Ocean Palace for a CBC event. The first thing he said to me was "What kind of gun you got?" I told him I had a P22. He immediately exclaimed, "That ain't a gun!"
January 14, 2020
Condolences to Norma, Scott, Amy and family.
Cuz’n Roy will be sorely missed.
My good memories are of visiting Roy and Norma in Houston when we were brats. During the summers my dad would drop Arnold and me off at Roy and Normas for a week or two to bother them a while.
We were "po-dunk Mississippi" boys that only knew of Jackson and Greenville as “BIG” cities. Houston proved to be enormous and would dwarf the other two.
Roy and the Moon Bro's taught us how to go “crabbing” on the Galveston jetties with some dead chicken pieces. We would come back with the large coolers full of blue crab or even a sack or two full of shrimp to boil.
What a feast we would have that evening !!!
Staying with Roy and Norma taught us how the “other half lives” and did not involve stacking empty coke bottles, waiting on customers, or stacking groceries in our folks "Store"
Roy had other plans for us as well … mowing the yard and trimming his edges. What an immaculate yard compared to our weed and black berry thorned yard in Cleveland.
Norma would drop us off at an afternoon Matinee Theater near Foleys for all the hard work. Roy introduced us to the Borden milk shake place (not sure if that’s the name) but the malts were something out of this world. Yes he knew what was good to eat !!
With all those good memories and more , Roy will forever be ingrained in my thoughts and prayers.
Much Aloha and Love,
Cuzn Wayne and Lisa
Joe and Pam Cunningham
January 14, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time. What a blessing to know you will see him again in Heaven.
January 12, 2020
Roy was a few years older than I, so I didn’t really get to know Roy. Nonetheless, the fact that he is a Mississippi Delta Chinese and a Mississippi State Bulldog.......well, that’s all that need to be said. God has blessed you with a wonderful fulfilling life.....,with a fine family and many friends. You’ve done well.......now Rest In Peace in the loving arms of angels.......you will be surely missed by all, my friend.......😇✝️🎼🌈🤙
January 11, 2020
I remember Roy as a fun loving kid when we grew up in the Delta town of Boyle, MS. He was 3 years behind me in school and I affectionately remember him as a proud Boyle "Bear" and our water boy on our football team. He attended Miss State when I was a Senior and my wedding in San Francisco in 1962. I will always remember his southern drawl when he spoke of his life in the MS Delta. My deepest sympathy to the family in their loss. May Roy RIP!