Sarah Sue “Sally” Clark Moore, of Asheboro, NC, formerly of Belmont, NC, died peacefully at Terra Bella Senior Living.
Sally, known as MomMoore to her family, was born November 4, 1930, in Asheville, NC to Susan (Hunt) and the Reverend Levi Spurgeon Clark. As Reverend Clark held several Baptist pastorates, Sally and her family lived in several places, including Warsaw, NY, Uniontown, PA; Mt. Holly, NC; and Valdese, NC. Sally went to Mt. Holly High School in Mt. Holly and then graduated from Meredith College, Raleigh, with a degree in Art in 1953. It was while she was at Meredith that she met her sweetheart, Tom Murphy Moore, a WWII veteran attending NC State University on the original GI Bill, at a local Raleigh roller skating rink.
Sally displayed her artistic skills while working in the newspaper advertising layout division of Hudson Belk, Raleigh, and decorated their store front windows, too. She and Tom married in July 1954 at Abee’s Grove Baptist Church, Valdese and moved to Roanoke Rapids, NC. They joined the Presbyterian Church there and Tom worked at JP Stevens, while she worked at Belk, continuing in graphic design in the pre-computer days. While in Roanoke Rapids, they had their first child, Susan. In 1960, they moved to Belmont, NC, when Tom took a job with Burlington Industries, Cramerton. After moving to Belmont, Sally and Tom had two more wonderful children, Clark and Virginia. Sally was involved in the Belmont Garden Club, the Belmont Book Club, Women of the Church and Circle Meeting group at First Presbyterian Church. She was heavily involved in her children’s activities, while also continuing her painting and love of reading. She worked at Belmont Central Elementary School as a reading assistant and teacher assistant. She and Tom had a wonderful circle of friends with whom they played bridge and Bonanza. There were trips to the NC Mountains where her parents and sister and her family lived and other trips with the Bonanza group. Her favorite trips were to her college suitemate’s house on Lake Norman for “hen” parties. The hen parties continued even after Tom was transferred to Asheboro, NC in 1984. Sally and Tom joined Dogwood Acres Presbyterian Church after they moved to Asheboro. Sally also enjoyed water aerobics classes at the YMCA, working at the Burlington Outlet store, and of course, reading.
Tom died in 2009 after 55 years of marriage; later Sally moved to Clapps Mountain Top Independent living in Asheboro. Due to health reasons and COVID she moved in with her son, Clark, in Raleigh in 2020. In 2021 Sally moved into Terra Bella Senior Living, (then Elm Croft) in Asheboro, making friends wherever she lived. Her happy smile and genteel demeanor were noticed by all the residence and staff.
Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Susan and Levi Spurgeon Clark, her sister, Laura Clark Gustafson and her husband, Richard Gustafson. Richard, by the way, called to talk to Sally every Saturday for years after Laura died. Sally was also preceded in death by her nephew, John Gustafson. Sally is survived by her children, Susan Moore Lockman (Keith), Clark “TC” Moore, and Virginia Louise Moore. Grandchildren: Rebekah, Benjamin, and Caroline Lockman; Ryan and Jessica “Ruby” Moore, and Levi and Paisley Phillips, as well as Gustafson nieces and nephews, Moore/Bilger/Wood nieces and nephews, and grand nieces, grand nephews on both sides.
Great thanks to Dr. Lynley Holt of Asheboro, and the wonderful staff of Terra Bella for their care of Sally.
A memorial service will be held on October 12, at Pugh Funeral Home, Asheboro. Visitation is at 1 P.M. with the service at 2 P.M. Interment is Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 1 P.M. at Evergreen Cemetery, 4426 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205.
Condolences may be sent to Virginia Moore, 118 N Elm St, Asheboro, NC 27203
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Randolph County, http://www.hopsiceofrandolph.org or the Alzheimer’s Association, http://act.alz.org.