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Charles Allen Moorer, III, went to meet his Maker in the next life November 13, 2016, while a patient at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces.
He was born September 23, 1926 to Margaret and Allen Moorer in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Charles attended school from first grade through two years of junior college in Muskogee. He then attended Oklahoma City University where he received his BA degree. Charles then entered Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, there receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1951. While at SMU, he met his wife, Ruth Justice, from East Orange, New Jersey, who was taking pre-med courses, planning to become a missionary doctor. However, that soon changed when they fell in love and she decided that she could serve the Lord also as a minister's wife. They were married on August 18, 1952 in the Chapel at Highland Park Methodist Church in Dallas.
Throughout his 52-year career as a Methodist, then United Methodist, pastor, he served four churches in Oklahoma, one in Kansas, and 28 churches in Nebraska as a part of ten parishes. In 1988, Charles earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He retired from active ministry in 1993. When Ruth retired from active ministry in 1996, they moved to Las Cruces and became active in St. Paul's United Methodist Church. In retirement, Charles and Ruth preached frequently as "pulpit supplies." For six years, they served as part-time or interim pastors in Hatch and Truth or Consequences in New Mexico.
Charles was active for over 40 years in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as a chaplain most of that time. While in Nebraska, he was appointed as Nebraska Wing Chaplain. Later in retirement, he also served as New Mexico Wing Chaplain. He enjoyed working with young people, not only in the Civil Air Patrol but also as church camp counselor and director.
During their years of ministry, both Charles and Ruth were active in Nebraskans for Peace and supported many peace activities. They participated in several spiritual renewal groups-the Christian Ashram, with Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Charles serving as Director of the Nebraska-Iowa Christian Ashram for several summers, Camps Farthest Out, and the Disciplined Order of Christ.
They had five children, Paul, Lynn, Peter, Jenny, and Robert. Lynn and Robert survive Charles. He is also survived by five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a brother, Rev. Dr. William B. Moorer and his wife, Helen, a brother-in-law, Rev. Lincoln B. Justice and his wife, Rachel, three nephews, a niece, a son-in-law, and two daughters-in-law. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jeanne Hogan and Sue Miskel.
A memorial service will be held Monday, November 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Las Cruces. Memorials may be given to the Student Scholarship Fund at St. Paul's Church.
Published on December 3, 2016
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