ALBANY -- Funeral services for Mr. James Melvin Moore, 64, of Albany will be held at 11 a.m. on February 4, 2012 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Ingram officiating. Interment will be at McAfee Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

James Melvin Moore, affectionately called "Chin", departed this earthly life on January 27, 2012.

He was the first born child of the late Deacon James Moore and Lula P. Nash-Moore on December 17, 1947 in Sumter County, GA. He received his formal education in the Dougherty County School System and graduated from Monroe High School in 1965. He attended Albany State College (now University), Albany Jr. College (now Darton), and Albany Technical College. J. Melvin was one of the first of two black firemen hired by the city of Albany. He held positions in other companies: Atlanta Life Insurance Co., Firestone, H & R Block, Detroit, MI. He fulfilled responsibility to his county by enlisting into the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Those who knew him would say that though he worked hard, he played even harder. He lived life to the fullest, with no regrets and no excuses. Melvin's Christian life was nurtured by his mother and grandmother, Sarah Moore, who strove to instill Christian values in their children and grandchildren. He united with the Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church at a very early age. During his Christian walk he taught Male Bible Study and Sunday School. "Pops" (referred to by his younger friends), as courageous as he was, lost his health and strength but never his faith in God for he never complained.

His memories will be cherished forever by his loving mother, Lola P. Nash-Moore; one brother, Charles L. Moore, Albany; three sisters: Marva (Bob) Moore-Harris, Flint, MI, Regenia (Willie) Watts, Albany, and Cheryl Moore, Lithonia; six nieces: Carisa Moore, Las Vegas, NV, Seandra (Ibrahim) Harris Salaam, Flint, MI, Kyrslyne Moore, Snellville, Giandra Watts, Albany, Timbreah Mathis, Lithonia, Chermia Mathis, Lithonia; four nephews: Michael Moore, Jamel Johnson, Marietta, Lavosky Watts, Albany, Kendle Moore, Snellville; two grand-nephews, Seandre J. Harris-Salaam, Flint, MI, Katai A. Harris-Salaam; one aunt, Elvira Moore-Henry, Flint, MI; lifelong and devoted friends Mr. Aaron Hicks and Mr. Albert Edwards, and many other sorrowing relatives and friends.

Mr. Moore will be welcomed in Heaven by those who have gone home before him: father, Deacon James Moore, sister, Madgalene Moore, and grandparents.

"I'M FREE"

The remains will lie in-state at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour. The family will receive friends and relatives at 1515 South Madison St., Albany, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Meadows Funeral Home

Albany 229/439-2262

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