In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Dr. Eugene Alman Moore, 83

Dr. Eugene Alman Moore, 1938-2021
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Dr. Eugene Alman Moore, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Tanzania, the Horn of Africa and Kenya, died Aug. 24, 2021, at his home in Saluda, South Carolina. He was 83.

Moore was born May 22, 1938, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the late Roland Humphries and Roberta Hyatt Moore. He graduated from Eau Claire High School, Columbia, South Carolina, in 1956 and received the Bachelor of Science from University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 1960. In 1959, he married Lauree Agnew Moore, whom he had known growing up.

After graduating from the Medical College of South Carolina (now Medical University of South Carolina), Charleston, in 1965, Moore did an internship at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center), Spokane Washington. He then completed a surgery residency at Virginia Mason Hospital (now Virginia Mason Franciscan Health), Seattle, Washington. He later was a thoracic surgery resident at Bowman Gray Hospital (now Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center), Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Moore wrote when seeking missionary appointment that he became a Christian at age nine and soon began struggling with God’s call. At age 12, he committed himself to full-time Christian service. Going to camp for the members of the Sunbeams (missionary organization for children sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union), he wrote, was “a definite influence on my thinking and helped me to become more aware of what missions was all about.”

In 1970, the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed the Moores as missionaries to Tanzania. Moore served more than 25 years as a physician in Tanzania, the Horn of Africa and in Kenya.

He also retired as a colonel from the Army Reserve Medical Corps.

Moore was a member of Sardis Baptist Church, Saluda, and their adult II men’s Sunday School class.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lauree Agnew Moore; children, Marie Johnson (Allen), Roland Moore (Karen), Robin Woodhams (Mark), Rebecca Brazell (Chris) and Gena Moore; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray Moore, Richard Moore, Eric Moore; and sister, Susan Moore. He was preceded in death by his great grandson, Connely James Moore.

A private service was held at Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia, South Carolina.

Donations in his memory may be made to the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at

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