Prience Edward Moore, Sr. was born in Sheffield, Alabama on December 3, 1949 to the union of George and Margaret Moore. During his early childhood, the family moved to Inkster, Michigan where he experienced his formative years.
He was an avid sportsman and demonstrated his athletic prowess as a 3-letter Varsity student while attending Robichaud High School in Dearborn Heights, MI. He excelled in football, basketball, and track. His love for country and athletics were meshed during his tour in the military. He played football and basketball for the United States Marine Corp. prior to receiving an honorable discharge in 1971.
The Moore family moved and settled in Seattle, WA in 1979 where he established his legacy as an impassioned and highly-competitive “Coach and Mentor” to scores of young men throughout the Seattle region. Coach Moore successfully led the Rainier Green Midgets, Seattle Rotary Style and his renowned AAU team, The Click, in capturing local, state, and national trophies. He remains a dearly regarded inspiration to the hundreds of young lives he invested in over the years.
Prience Edward (as affectionately called by his wife), cherished photos and created several pictorial collages that captured special moments that the family shared. In his later years, he found pleasure in serving as Barbara’s personal chef and equally enjoyed online purchasing of the latest Jordans with matching attire as he was always dressed to impress. “My Dad” (as affectionately called by his children) was known for his wit and humor. The grandkids recall notes attached to the boxes of cheese balls warning: Only take a few! Even in his declining years he would have coloring contests for the Grands and could be found outside teaching basketball techniques to the boys and girls alike.
Prience was baptized at Bethlehem Temple (Inkster) at the age of 12; however, he surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 54 and became a member of Damascus Baptist Church (Damascus International Fellowship). He often shared his sentiments about his delayed surrender to the Lordship of Christ Jesus, stating, “If I had served God back in the day, it’s no telling how far I would have gone”, thus encouraging others to: “Put God first!” He realized and acknowledged throughout his physical challenges, “If it wasn’t for the Lord, I couldn’t make it!” Prience learned that no matter what, God loves us and He is Faithful!
Prience Edward Moore, Sr. peacefully transitioned from this world to be with the Lord on February 15, 2021 at the VA Hospital with his family close by. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret, and his older brother, Donald.
He leaves to cherish his memory, Barbara, his wife of 53 years and high school sweetheart; four children, Lisa (Terry), Prience Jr. (Kim), Barbara Annell, and Lelen (Keisha); 14 grandchildren, Prience III, Dominique, Jynette, Reginald, LeChae, Tyra, Taj, Mya, Koby, Jawan, Lelena, Kalise, Lelen Jr., and Keishan; 4 great-grandchildren Makai', DeAndre Jr., Anthony, and Jordyn; his sister, Glenda McKinnie of Inkster, MI; five in-laws, Josephus, Emmalee, Lomas, Fleda, and Antoine; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and athletes that he instructed. Among those missing him dearly is his companion German shepherd, King James.
Teach us, O Lord, to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
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