Posted on Mon, Feb 10, 2020
There is an old southern saying that says, “It’s a poor frog that won’t praise its own pond.” Although no one else is more deserving of praise than Jesus Christ, we believe honor and appreciation are in order and that charity (love) begins at home and then spreads abroad. Stay tuned for our “In the Spotlight” segments featuring members of our congregation each week during Black History Month.
Mrs. Marjorie G. Jones Moore is known as the neighborhood mom and an advocate for the less fortunate, but the true extent of her deeds reaches much further than that. Born in Water Valley, Mississippi, her parents were the late Mr. Henry Jones and Mrs. Elvira Hervey (Jones) Jackson.
As Mrs. Moore’s mother was on assignment as principal at Bryant, Mississippi, she attended school there from fourth through eighth grade, being a part of the last eighth grade class to graduate from there before school consolidation. She remembers the school well and vividly describes it as a three-room schoolhouse which housed first through eighth grades. She recalled playing basketball, being inspired by her mother, who was a firm believer in character development and pursuing educational goals, and Mrs. Maggie Martin and lastly, her rides to school. Because there was no official transportation system for the black schools, she and many others rode to school with Mr. John Eddie “Loafus” Harris in his covered truck until he purchased a bus which had bench-like seats that circled around the bus along the windows.
Never a stranger to hard work, Mrs. Moore did baby sitting and house work during high school while excelling in school and participating in a variety of activities. After graduating from Central High School in Coffeeville, she attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. She married her sweetheart, Jimmie, and they made their home in New Orleans, Louisiana for 15 years. Due to losing all of their earthly possessions in a terrible hurricane, she and her children returned to Coffeeville and she worked at Big Yank for one year before resettling in New Orleans. In 1972, the family returned to Coffeeville and it has been their home base ever since. Upon her return, she worked for the Kellwood Corporation for four years.
While Mrs. Moore held various positions in retail and industry, education was always in her blood. Her mother was a highly respected teacher/principal and her aunt Mrs. Hattie Hervey Berry was a teacher and then principal of Coffeeville Colored School-later renamed Central School until her death in 1955. Her uncle Roosevelt Hervey and aunt Viola Hervey Brown were educators as well. In 1976, she joined the staff of MAP (Mississippi Action for Progress, Incorporated) and then transitioned to ICS (Institute of Community Services, Incorporated) Head Start where, as a people-oriented person, she was really in her element, working with students and parents to ensure school readiness. Mrs. Moore retired from ICS in 2007, but worked as a substitute teacher and with disabled children within the Coffeeville School District. Her passion for education was not limited to secular settings as she has been a certified dean of Christian education for many years, serving as both Assistant Dean, Dean and honored as Dean Emeritus of the Mt. Moriah District Baptist Association. She also holds offices in fraternal organizations and wholeheartedly supports community causes.
Since the passing of her husband, Mrs. Moore travels more and is often the go-to person for historical information in the community, her church and the local district association, but still takes time to nurture children and help people in need. Aside from her family and her Christian journey, these are two of her greatest joys. Mrs. Moore was recently featured in the Black Families of Yalobusha County Oral History Project conducted by the University of Mississippi History Department.
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