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Frank James Moore
Frank James Moore, Jr., age 82, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2021. Frank was born October 21, 1938, in Newport News. He was a longtime resident of Newport News before moving to The Villages, Florida in 1996.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Oakley Moore; parents, Frank J. Moore, Sr. and Daisy Travis Moore; sister, Audrey M. Grigsby; and brother-in-law, Hank Maas. He is survived by his four children, Frank J. Moore III (Cathleen) of Gloucester, Anthony Donald Moore (Carrie) of Newport News, Melanie M. Boling (Steve) of Homestead, FL, and Rachel M. Deans of Newport News; sister, Phyllis Milne of Newport News; sister-in-law Pat Maas of Colorado; adopted son, Chris Hilton and his longtime companion, Shirley Hatten of Newport News; step-children, Beth Turner (Mike) of Newport News, Bill Oakley (Mae Ellen) of Manakin Sabot, VA, Ronnie Oakley (Debby) of Yorktown, and Randy Oakley of Dutton, VA; grandchildren, Sam, Caroline, Anthony, Christian, Adam, Benjamin, Lyndsay, Kaiti, Chris, Spencer, Trevor and MollyPaige; step-grandchildren Stephen, Michelle, Andrew, Victoria, Luke, Lisa, Casey, and Mitchell; 6 great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and a myriad of nieces and nephews.
Singing was Frank’s passion. He was at home in front of a microphone or on a stage. During his life, he was a member of various choral groups and quartets, including The Newports (1950-60’s), Spruceville Four, The Retreads, Heart of Barbershop Chorus, The Village Voices, Villages Christian Chorale, Brothers in Song, Spruce Creek Melody Men, the Central Florida Opera at Celebration Church in The Villages, and several church choirs. Frank was a true bass man, whose range included the lowest note on the piano.
Frank graduated from Newport News High School in 1956 and until only a few months before his death, still met with some of his classmates every Tuesday morning for breakfast or for lunch on Fridays. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1993 after 34 years as a General Foreman. His retirement was happily spent with Helen in the golf course community of The Villages and on weekends as a member of The Antique Automotive Club of America and the Mustang and Cadillac clubs until Helen’s death in 2009.
Frank returned to Newport News periodically from 2010 until 2018. After his diagnosis of mesothelioma in January 2019, he remained in Newport News until his death. The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Kruger and his staff, as well as Personal Touch Hospice, especially Christina and Chonel for their kind and compassionate care of Frank during his illness.
A memorial service of celebration of Frank’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church, 514 S. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia with a reception following. Memorial contributions in honor of Frank may be made to First Presbyterian Church or to your favorite charity.