Shirley Moore

Shirley Ann Moore (Gibson)

Friday, December 29th, 1944 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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Shirley Ann Moore, of Dothan, died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at her residence. She was 75.

Private graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 at Memory Hill Cemetery with the Reverend Robert Grice officiating and Glover Funeral Home directing. Flowers are being accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3054 McGehee Rd, Montgomery, AL 36111.

Mrs. Moore was born December 29, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to Willard and Ruth Lyons Gibson and grew up in Bessemer. She taught kindergarten at Emanuel Christian School for 12 years and has been a resident of Dothan for over 50 years. She really enjoyed growing bonsai trees. Her boundless love for Jesus and Christian example has been an inspiration to her family. She was a member of New Covenant Christian Fellowship Church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Alton G. Moore of Dothan, AL; three children, David Moore (Kimberly) of Durham, NC, Wendy Martin (Tony) of Red Bay, FL, Joanna Warr (Tim) of Dothan, AL; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mother, Ruth Holsomback of Dothan; a sister, Sue Robinson of KY.

Glover Funeral Home of Dothan has been entrusted with the arrangements. (334) 699-3888. Please sign the guestbook online at
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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Memory Hill Cemetery
    2390 Hartford Hwy
    DOTHAN, AL 36302
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    Reverend Robert Grice


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Jimmy Parker

Posted at 10:09pm
Alton: This is from Jimmy Parker. I am saddened to hear of your wife's leaving you to attend to God's matters, but she is still with you and will be a constant reminder of the joys of life that this earth provides to us. I say there is a moral to the story, because I can talk with empathy, as my Karen went to heaven in May of 2013, seven years ago, which feels closer to two or three. Anyway, the moral is to not lose a spouse because it will wreck your life. Mark Pepe lost his wife probably ten years ago, and it took him probably more than a year to adjust to the change, and frankly, I presume I have adjusted but really am unsure; it leaves a void in your fabric of life that cannot be mended here on earth, so focusing on the eternal life that Jesus has promised is awaiting for us is the best solace to soothe the wound. Karen died from non-small cell lung cancer. Your 56 years with Shirley was almost three times the length that Karen and I had together (one week prior to our 19th anniversary) which I wish had been longer but that emotion may be selfish, as and although I was a 24/7 caregiver for her the last 9 months of her life, I would not have given up that opportunity for anything else under the sun. I still had to maintain my continuing education and I took her with me to items like the Alabama Residential Energy Code and Alabama Commercial Energy Code seminars, which she actually enjoyed and said she understood, I was working at Fort Rucker and did not make enough money to hire someone to be a daytime caretaker, so I took her to two adult day cares, which lasted about two weeks before I was invited to not bring her back to the day care, despite she being very pleasant to be around, as attending to her required more attention than they were able to provide. I burned through all my sick and annual leave to be with her and resigned my position as Architect at Fort Rucker when I had two hours of leave left on November 2, 2012. She was receiving chemo through February 2013, and Dr. Dunn decided to hold off on giving her more after I told him that her pulmonologist informed us that her cancer had increased in size during the last two CAT scans, and basically informed him that we were getting details that the oncologist should be providing. Dr. Dunn would be the last oncologist on earth I would ask for a consult. I would like to break this into paragraphs but I am afraid if I hit the Enter button, that we know better as the "carriage return" I am afraid it will send it without an opportunity to edit further. Also, where she had a benign mass in her brain which was removed by Dr. Woodham, and then I had to inform him that the swelling and fluid had built up again and he had to drain it in a separate procedure (Woodham and Dunn deserve each other as they can travel to the ends of the earth on their egos), we went to UAB and she underwent another CAT scan. We came back from Birmingham on Tuesday, like May 2nd of that year (2013). Thursday of that week, while eating dinner I looked over at her and she was turning cyanotic and stopped breathing. I gave her mouth to mouth and she revived. About an hour later, she stopped breathing again, and i revived her again. Later we went to bed and after thirty minutes I looked over and she was cyanotic again, I again gave her mouth-to-mouth and was barely able to revive her. I was afraid if she stopped breathing again that I would not be able to revive her so I loaded her in the car to go to the hospital; I was not going to take the time for an ambulance to arrive. When we got to the hospital, I did not expect them to admit her, but they did, to ICU. On Tuesday the following week, UAB called me and accepted her as a patient for both the Oncology Service and the Neurology-Plastic Surgery Service; I informed them we'd be in touch as soon as she was discharged from Medical Center Enterprise. On Saturday they told me she failed the swallow test (I had wanted to be present for that, specifically). The following Tuesday, she stopped breathing for them despite being on oxygen and they were able to revive her. She went to heaven that Thursday at 5 minutes before 5 P.M. Being Thursday afternoon late, and I did not get the Obituary data to the Funeral Home until the next day, when we met with the Pastor and went over the details of her music and service which was going to be held Saturday afternoon at 1 P.M. There is a parallel that Shirley went to Heaven on Wednesday, and the Obituary was published the day of the Service, like Karen's was published on Saturday, which was the day of her Service. Closure will not come quickly, and reliving the details of my wife bring it around once again, seven years later, like it was yesterday. God gave us clear heads and sharp brains (have to be to be an Architect), and I have had an Engineer comment to me that he is dumbfounded how Architects know and retain what they know about a building. I would expect you to be in a fog about priorities for the near future, as Mark Pepe and I both have experienced. God has us here, and surviving for His purpose, and for good. If I had read today's paper before now, I would have responded earlier, but you may not have opportunity to read this with all the family she had in town. Karen's service was the day before Mother's day, and she had a lot of out of town relatives in town to see her and attend the service, and I wanted them to have Sunday to drive home to be able to work on Monday, which seems like another parallel between Karen and Shirley. Your tutelage of me at Waid-Holmes, then Holmes-Green gave me confidence for the rest of my life, and I hold you in high esteem for your knowledge, patience, and casual manner in dealing with others, which is greatly appreciated and valued. You will always be a friend and the one truth that does not escape me is that our world is shrinking as we gain more experience. I attended my 50th high school reunion last year, and saw the Beatles in Memphis 55 years ago on their last American tour. Treasures for enjoying life present themselves every day, and it brings opportunity to work for Him who counts. We were working at Waid-Holmes when Mike Lee left for his own firm, and Jessie Lee left Architecture for the Baptist Theological College, and to return a couple of years later eventually starting his own firm. I have not spoken to Jimmy Barfield in probably 10-15 years (time flies), and I see Wilmer Nichols about every 15 years - he's still in Montgomery. Call me anytime you want to talk (334) 464-6630, and I have two lines in the phone book (to show I am not too cool for school). Those with a cell phone only drop out of life and are unable to be readily contacted. I will pray for you, and traveling mercies on those who came together to remember Shirley. You are a good man. I also believe in God's Marriage Vow and covenant that we are united until death do us part.

Gaines Hall

Posted at 11:19am
I write, after over 4 decades to express my sympathies to Alton with whom I worked many years ago in Dothan. I knew Shirley, but our paths seldom crossed, and there has been no contact with Alton or Shirley for many years, Nevertheless, my heart felt a twang of pain upon reading of Shirley's death. May your days ahead, Alton, be full of pleasant memories and good times with your extended family. Gaines Hall

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