Rev. Charles Moore

By John Peters

January 17, 2014

ARARAT, VA — Rev. Charles Russell Moore, age 79, loving father and grandfather, was placed into the arms of God and reunited with his sweet Rosemary and other family gone on before him while surrounded by his daughters and grandchildren on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home. Charles was born September 29, 1934 in Asheville, NC to the late Arthur Decanter Moore & Hazel McElrath Moore. He attended Duke University Divinity School and went to undergraduate school at the University of Richmond. Charles was a true man of God who touched many lives. He served God up till his last day. He saw many people through birth and baptism into marriage and then helped see them into their Heavenly home. He made three pilgrimages to the Holy Land and baptized many in the Jordan River. Charles was an avid sports fan and an even bigger Duke fan. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters & sons-in-law, Cathy & David Lusk of Ararat, VA and Joy & Jonathan Large of Ararat, VA; grandchildren, Kayla Siebert (Jon), Hannah Hobbs, Christian Ruscelloni, Elleigh Large, Nathan Large and Aubreigh Large; a very special mother-in-law, Nellie Wylie; sisters & brother-in-law, Freda Mainwaring of Monroe Township, NJ and Nancy & John Gillespie of Pensacola, FL; first wife, Joan Scott; and special extended family members, Ronald Hobbs and Marco Ruscelloni. In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his second wife, Rosemary Wylie; brothers, Arthur Moore Jr., Frank Moore & Alan Moore and step-father, Harry Weber. A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1 p.m. at The Fellowship Church in Ararat, VA conducted by Rev. Monte Mitchell and grandson, Christian Ruscelloni. The family will receive friends Saturday at the church from 12 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a special project done in Charles’s memory at the Dan River Park, P.O. Box 35, Ararat, VA 24053. The family would like to give special thanks to all of the family and friends for their love, care and support. They would also like to thank the special angels at the Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home for their love and care. Howell Funeral Service of Mount Airy is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at