Even at the age of 96, she continued to attend the meetings and functions of her organizations, family members said.
Moore died on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2011. She was 97 years old. She dedicated her body to the School of Medicine at Emory University.
A memorial service, open to the public, will be held Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at Antioch AME Church, 765 S. Hairston Road in Stone Mountain.
Moore had just become tired, said her daughter-in-law, Diane Sydney Moore of Dunwoody. “She’d never been in a hospital up until about eight years ago when she had her first heart attack,” she said.
Sophie Moore was the last child of 11 children born to Joseph and Frances Wing on Nov. 9, 1914.
She married James Charles Moore in 1935. Of this union were born her children – Jacqueline, Theodore and Wayne.
During their youth, she served as a Sunday school teacher, Brownie leader, den mother and PTA president.
During her 25 years of service with the federal government, she received several awards for her accomplishments. She served as a lay reader at St. Simon, the Cyrenian Episcopal Church in south Philadelphia. She was an active member of the Urban League Guild and was active in Toastmasters (formerly Toastmistress) for more than 20 years, serving in every locally elected office.
Sophie Moore moved to Stone Mountain in 1998 to live with her son, Wayne, and his wife, Diane. She became a faithful member of Antioch AME, serving for three years as secretary of its senior group.
She was active in several committees of the DeKalb Section of the National Council of Negro Women and served as its chair for voter registration. She was the group’s oldest member.
She was also a member of the now-defunct Soapstone Center for the Arts’ Senior Line Dancers group and its “Red Hatters” group. She was a past president of the DeKalb AARP chapter.
She held lofty positions in both the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of Isis.
She was proud of her independent living at Antioch Manor Estates, an active senior living community at Antioch AME. She moved there when it opened and lived there for about six years until her health declined and she moved back in with her son and daughter-in-law, who recently moved to Dunwoody.
Sophie Moore was soft-spoken and gentle, but she was also the “iron hand finger in the white glove,” her Atlanta grandchildren — Wakeelah Roach, Wafiyyah Moore and Marie Moore — wrote in an obituary that collected family memories.
“When she spoke, she would say what was on her mind; if it pertained to you, she didn’t hold back,” they wrote. “She believed in giving it to you straight, there were no cutting corners in anything and her expectations were very high. … She was a person that believed in being on time, to never be late to any occasion and with any preparations she always took her time. She instilled in us to always have an organized plan in everything you do, follow through with your commitments.”
Sophie Moore is survived by her three children, Jacqueline, Theodore and Wayne; two daughter-in-laws, Kareitha and Diane; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.