Obituary: Retired Col. James Baker Moore Jr. USAF

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

James Baker Moore Jr., of Montgomery, Ala., formerly of Petersburg, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at his home after an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Fairmont, W.Va., to Flora Straight Moore and James Baker Moore, who preceded him in death.

As a pilot in the United States Air Force, he served in Vietnam and Guam, flying B-52s and OV-10s. After six years of active duty, he served in the Air Force Reserves until the mid-'90s. Col. Moore established a career as a commercial airline pilot, retiring from Northwest Airlines in 1993.

Survivors include his wife, Adrienne Watkins Moore of Montgomery; two sisters, Jennie Lee Moore and Nadine Moore of Petersburg, teachers in the Fayetteville and Lincoln County school systems; nieces, Rachel Brown (Matt) Kratz of Fayetteville and Victory Brown (Jeff) Smith of Hazel Green, Ala; a great-niece; and three great-nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Medium Methodist Church in Delina, followed by a brief reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to veterans' organizations such as Wounded Warriors, literacy organizations such as Imagination Library, local public school or area libraries, First Baptist Church of Petersburg, Medium Methodist Church of Delina, the Humane Society, or Talley Cemetery Association.

Obituary compliments of Higgins Funeral Home.