Obituary of Douglas Wendell Moore
“A MIGHTY OAK HAS FALLEN!” …
THE JOURNEY and LIFE CELEBRATION of Douglas Wendell Moore
For those who never met him, it is said by all who knew him …
“Doug was such a Good Man”!
Born December 19, 1938 in Dallas, Texas to the union of Douglas (Buddy) Moore and Quoqueze (Coke) Moore. Angels previously took his parents to be with Our Father in Heaven, Douglas has now united with them on Friday, September 21, 2023.
From birth, his mother had him in his bassinet in the choir stand of Boll Street
C. M. E. Church as she sang in the choir. He was baptized and joined the church at a young age and attended services morning and night.
Fun Fact: he, his mother and sister were all three born in the same
shot-gun house and all attended the same church and school.
With entrepreneurial skills he had an early Dallas Morning News paper route where he made sure his customers’ papers landed on the porch… not on the sidewalk or in the yard.
Wendell began his education by attending York Elementary which is now K. B. Polk Vanguard Elementary. Then it was on to Booker T. Washington Technical High School where he joined the band and learned to play the alto and tenor saxophones. He was made to graduate in January 1957 because he had too many credits. But wanting to walk in June with his original classmates, remained in school taking post graduate classes.
Some form of music could always be heard in the family home. Coke would be singing, he would be practicing on the piano and his sister listening and singing to the radio. He also was crazy about jazz and could be found spinning his “cool” vinyls on his turn-table or sometimes outside riding his “tricked-out” bicycle. He sang in The Ambassador Choir at Booker T. plus sang in the youth Angelic Chorus at Boll Street. He felt it his duty to enroll in the school’s R. O. T. C. program, and the girls thought he looked “dreamy” in his uniform.
He was the first in the family to go to college. He attended Texas Southern University in Houston, TX and North Texas State University in Denton, TX. In college phone calls from girls helped to make his name take a slight change…from Wendell to Douglas.
Until his sudden passing, he was an active member of the Cedar Crest Cathedral Choir, Male Chorus and was the Recording Secretary of the church, and a member of the Steward Board. He was also a charter member of The South Dallas Concert Choir and in his bravado bass voice sang an occasional solo.
In 1961 was one of the first black interacting Window Clerks at the Dallas Post Office Terminal Annex and was the first black to manage The Dallas Stamp Store
at the Post Office Turnpike location in 1969.
Douglas leaves his cherished memories to Iris Annette Heard whom he married in 1983. Together they reared two children, Sheri Heard Nance of Dallas, TX. and Vance (Teresita) Heard, Jr. of Rocklin, CA.; both rearing young ladies, Victoria Nance (daughter Trinity) and Candice Heard Dupre (son Jaedon) of Katy, TX. He leaves his sister, Desiree (Dez) Moore Craig of Dallas, TX., her children Stephen Craig and Deborah (Ty) Traylor; three grandchildren – Alexandria and twins, Stephanie and Stephen Traylor, along with other family members and many, many friends who loved him.
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