Novella Moore

Novella Hargis Moore

1927 - 2021

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SEWANEE, TN - Mrs. Novella Hargis Moore, 94, passed away September 3, 2021 at her home in Sewanee. She was born in Tatesville, TN on March 5, 1927 to Alfred and Irene Troxler Hargis. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Ray Hargis and sister Lora Lee Layne, her first husband, Robert Henley and husband, J. Horace Moore, Jr. She was a graduate of Tennessee Technological University. Following graduation, she embarked on a 40 year career of teaching kindergarten and first grade. She was a member of the Monteagle Church of Christ. She is survived by daughters, Jenny (Bill) Reid of Murfreesboro, TN, Cathy Rangeo of Fleming Island, FL, Lee Ann (Dan) Backlund of Sewanee, Vicki Shuford of Chattanooga TN and Beth Perkins of Memphis TN, grandchildren, Chase (Susie) Graham, Plano, TX, Kristen (Andy) Frill, California, MD, Michael Shuford, Greenville, SC, Libba Shuford, Chattanooga, TN, Andy (Hannah) Reid, Memphis TN, Alex (Josie) Rangeo of Orange Park, FL, Greer and Bryce Perkins, Memphis, TN, Ashley (Alan) Douglas, Atoka, TN, Will (Monica) Reid of Franklin, TN and Leslie (John) Lloyd of Memphis TN. She was also Nanny to 14 great grandchildren and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Our mother was power walker! How many times would we hear, “I saw your mother walking today” – always enjoying the beauty of Sewanee. A fierce bridge and scrabble player you could find her playing both at the Sewanee Senior Citizens Center. She loved her family, friends, teaching, Goo Goo Clusters, travelling with our father and being his biggest fan for any sport he was coaching. She was seen as a summer mother for former campers at Camp Mountain Lake which she owned with our father. A private graveside service will be held at the University of the South Cemetery in Sewanee, TN. The family will host one last bridge and scrabble game while celebrating her life on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Sewanee Senior Citizens Center from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Folks at Home, 141 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37375 or to the Horace and Novella Moore Endowed Scholarship at the University of the South, Office of University Advancement, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383. Rest well, Mama….