Bennie Louis Moore MSgt USAF (Ret)

Bennie Louis Moore MSgt USAF (Ret)

September 23, 1943 ~ December 30, 2020

Age 77

Bennie Louis Moore (USAF, Ret.) born September 23, 1943, in Greenville, NC, to the late Benjamin Warren and Evelyn Dickens Moore, transitioned on December 30, 2020, in Omaha, NE.  Bennie attended school in Greenville graduating from C. M. Eppes High School in 1961.  Immediately after graduation he joined the United States Air Force serving in England, Greenland, Thailand, Denmark, Florida, New York and Nebraska.  During his 26 years plus enlistment among the medals he was awarded were the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After retirement he returned to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bellevue University. Over the years he volunteered with a variety of groups among them United Way of the Midlands, Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro Chapter American Red Cross, Offutt Enlisted Spouses Club, and Nebraska Business and Professional Women, serving a term as their State Secretary.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Jamesena Grimes. To this union was born one child, Marcia Moore-Viklund, who lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with her husband Mattias and their son, Max.  Bennie liked to travel, read and play cards, particularly double deck pinochle, playing regularly with a Pinochle Group for nearly 20 years. Preceding him in death were his parents, a stepsister, Mary Louise Moore; maternal grandparents, Lawrence Dickens, Samuel Johnson and Dora Williams Dickens Johnson; paternal grandparents, Noah and Dellia Moore and several maternal and paternal nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, his daughter and her family, Bennie is survived by sister-in-law, Patricia Grimes Short of Greenville, NC; nieces Braggnetta (Andre) Reid of Durham, NC; Vieanna (Karl) Henderson, Atlanta, GA; Michele Moore, Durham, NC; nephews Harry and Larry Moore of Greenville, NC;  great nieces, great nephews, six great great nephews; two  great great nieces; and special cousins (Dickens). He is also survived by three special families, the Dennis Emmert family of Bellevue, NE; the George Hern family of Papillion, NE; and the Donald Hansen family of Offutt AFB, NE.

He will be fondly remembered as “Grandpa Bennie” to a group of “kids” ranging in age from 8 to 41 years. His memory will be cherished by a host of relatives and friends all over the world.

Visitation following CDC guidelines: Thursday, January 7, 11:00 a.m. – Noon (CST) followed by

Funeral Service following CDC guidelines: at Noon (CST) at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.

To view video of the service, click the link below:

Memorials can be sent to the Bennie and Jamesena Moore Scholarship, c/o GI-C. M Eppes High School Alumni Heritage Society, Inc., P. O. Box 93, Greenville, NC 27835.  Make payable to Heritage Society.


  • Marta F. Nieves Posted January 2, 2021 12:47 pm

    Bennie Moore was a great person. We met when I joined Business and Professional Women, invited by Jamesena (Jamie) Moore, his spouse. What a power couple!. Bennie, a delightful person always there to be of service. He had traveled the world and was comfortable in many settings. He was a humble and skilled person always there to be of service and support to those of us around him. Bennie will be missed by many. I pray for him to Rest in Peace knowing that while on earth he contributed to making the world a better place.

  • James Victor Spencer Posted January 2, 2021 3:32 pm

    My sincere condolences to Jamesena and family. May the good Lord continue to watch over you and the family. Very sorry for your loss.

  • Gloria webb Posted January 2, 2021 6:11 pm

    My condolnces to jamsena and marcia and family prayers he will be truly miss

  • George & Tina Hern Posted January 3, 2021 3:51 pm

    It is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to Bennie Moore. Since the very first time we met Bennie, he has never been anything less than kind, compassionate and caring. He opened up his heart to our family and especially to our youngest son Ethan, he was like a grandfather to him.  We will miss going to dinners and spending time with Bennie, his positive attitude and joyful nature, but those times will never be forgotten and he will forever be loved by the Hern family.

  • Anthony V Harris Posted January 3, 2021 5:36 pm

    I met both Bennie and Jamie in the mid-80’s. Jamie was completing her Social Work Practicum at United Way of the Midlands with me in order to obtain her Masters Degree. I saw Bennie countless times over the years and he was always pleasant, courteous and such a gentleman. He and Jamie had travelled the world before I ever met them! I will certainly miss Bennie. He was one very fine gentleman!

  • Carole Murrell Westmoreland Posted January 4, 2021 6:44 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. You know our dads were very close and we grew up like family so I sincerely feel your pain. My condolences go out to you and your family. May fond memories help to sustain you in this difficult time. You are in my prayers.
    Love & blessings,

  • Sheila O’Connor Posted January 4, 2021 8:54 am

    We met through Jamesena, (Jamie,) and ServeNebraska. What a great couple – always cheerful, supportive and welcoming. He will be missed. May the angels continue to sing his praises! Our prayers for comfort and peace for family and friends.

  • Kay Vanags Posted January 4, 2021 9:31 am

    I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting your husband, but it sounds like he was a fascinating person. Please accept my condolences.

  • Delores W Revis Posted January 4, 2021 9:41 am

    I will contribute to the scholarship fund in Greenville in his memory. I enjoyed playing Pinochle when he was visiting in Greenville.

  • Winifred R Davis Posted January 4, 2021 1:29 pm

    To Jamesena Moore and the Moore Family,
    I want to express my condolences for the loss of your husband and family patriarch. May the memories you made more than 56 plus years sustain you as your mourn your loss and celebrate Bennie Moore’s life.
    May God continue to comfort and strengthen you during this very difficult time.
    Winifred Richardson Davis

  • Charetta Walls Posted January 4, 2021 3:07 pm

    Bennie will be truly missed. He was such a joy each Fourth of July. Donation to the Bennie and Jamesena Scholarship has been submitted.

  • Michele A Moore Posted January 4, 2021 3:37 pm

    Rest in Peace Uncle Bennie😔

  • John and Tina O’Neill and Family Posted January 4, 2021 6:04 pm

    When John and I met Bennie and Jamie, Marcia was just barely 21 ,living in Northern California.
    We spent many Christmases together with Bennie and Jamie. Marcia was always with us until she moved to Sweden.
    Bennie was such a wonderful human being, always supporting Jamie and Marcia in their lifetime endeavors. In fact ,he enjoyed watching these two women advance in their lives. That was his pleasure and goal in life.
    We will never forget the Love and Friendship shared by these individuals. Our Family shares your loss of your husband and Father. He truly will be missed. Also we will never forget the beautiful Christmas place settings that Bennie and Jamie gave us so many years ago. Will will always remember Bennie in our Prayers knowing he is in Heaven or the Abha Kingdom praying for us! Erin Marie and Michael’s Families share their condolences and prayers to all.
    With Sincerest Sympathy,
    The O’Neill Family

  • Wendy Holloway Posted January 5, 2021 8:16 am

    Ms. Jamie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know how close you two were. Please know that my family and I here in Texas are keeping you in our prayers . Love you.

  • C. M. Eppes HiS Class of 1961, Greenville, NC Posted January 5, 2021 12:57 pm

    We are saddened by the sudden passing of our classmate, Bennie.
    We remember him as smart, personable and loving. He and his dynamite wife Jamesena were active participants in all of our class reunions. We shall miss him for our 60th year in 2021..May he rest in peace until we meet again. Prayers go out to JJamesena and the family.

  • C. M. Eppes HiS Class of 1961, Greenville, NC Posted January 5, 2021 12:59 pm

    We are saddened by the sudden passing of our classmate, Bennie.
    We remember him as smart, personable and loving. He and his dynamite wife Jamesena were active participants in all of our class reunions. We shall miss him for our 60th year in 2021..May he rest in peace until we meet again. Prayers go out to Jamesena and the family.

  • C. M. Eppes HS Class of 1961 Posted January 5, 2021 1:19 pm

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of our classmate Bennie.
    He was a smart, personable and loving person. He and his dynamic wife were active participants in all of our class reunions. We shall miss him and thank him for his service and friendship. May he Rest in Peace until we meet again.

  • Anne Tipton Posted January 5, 2021 2:47 pm

    My sincere condolences for this tremendous loss for all. I met Mr. Moore some forty years ago when I was a teenager and friends with Marcia. He was my favorite friend’s dad as he could always be counted on for some laughs and good conversation. I remain close with Marcia today and I’ve often told her that as a parent myself now, I still consider Mr. & Mrs. Moore to be role models. I consider myself grateful that I was fortunate to have spent some time with Bennie Moore.

  • Greg Jensen Posted January 5, 2021 3:34 pm

    Jamie, I am so saddened and my heart hurts for you and your family. While I only met Bennie a few times at our Trust meetings, he was always so pleasant and engaging. You, on the other hand, I know pretty well from all the time we spent together in various meetings and social gatherings. I am truly sorry for your loss and can’t imagine how hard it is for you right now. Please know there’s an army of people out here who are thinking and praying for you and your family!!

  • Stacey Benesch and Kim M. Posted January 5, 2021 7:33 pm

    Our hearts, thoughts, prayers and love go out to Jamie and her family. I have known Jamie and Bennie for almost twenty years and through those years I have been so inspired by both of them. Bennie was an amazing, kind, caring and loving person, who could make you smile, laugh or do an eye roll. He and Jamie embraced Kim and I as part of their friend family and we are so fortunate to have them in our lives. Bennie will be very much missed and our love for him and Jamie will carry on. Jamie sending you much love and hugs

  • Anabella, Timothy, Haily and Mateus Coenen Posted January 5, 2021 8:07 pm

    Jamie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Bennie and you were so close and always made time for Others Please know that my family and I have you in our prayers . Our condolences for your loss!

  • Olive Vera Armwood Posted January 6, 2021 9:09 am

    So sorry for the loss of your husband. Just know that I have prayed and is praying for your strength and comfort. Focus on the positive. God’s grace and mercy will carry you through.

  • Susan Ugai Posted January 6, 2021 10:33 am

    Jamie and family – I am so sorry for your loss. Whenever I saw Benne at BPW activities he had a smile on his face and something nice to share. Just thinking of him puts a smile on my face. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Benne made the world a better place and will be greatly missed.

  • Michelle Carlson Posted January 6, 2021 12:02 pm

    Bennie was a dear man. We met through Nebraska Business & Professional Women’s group many decades ago. He was always a supporter of issues affecting women and their families, and was always an incredible partner to Jamie. He will be missed. Prayers to Jamie and the entire family.

  • Carol Ryan Posted January 6, 2021 12:39 pm

    Dear Jamie and Marcia,
    It is with a heavy heart that I write this. We will always remember Bennie for his everlasting smile, laugh and kindness. He was a fighter who conquered many serious illnesses. We are grateful that he was Dan’s boss in Denmark and are grateful for our times together. Stay strong and take care. He is with you;)

  • Jane Waters-Parks Posted January 6, 2021 8:42 pm

    I first met Jamie and Bennie as a young, single mother, 30+ years ago. Jamie and I worked together and we were often at work late and on weekends. As a single mother, I often had my young son with me while working late and Jamie had Bennie with her. Bennie would often take my son to the vending machines and would keep him occupied, allowing me to complete my work quicker and without worry. I always knew my son was happy hanging out with Bennie. Bennie was so kind. Bennie stands tall among men and has been a wonderful role model for many youngsters over his lifetime. His beautiful wife, Jamie, continues to be a role model and together they have changed many, many lives for the better. May we all strive to leave as stellar a legacy as these two wonderful people have done! Rest In Peace, Bennie! GOD’s blessings on Bennie and Jamie now and forever.

  • Linda Knox Posted January 6, 2021 10:18 pm

    Jamie, I was saddened to hear of your loss. Bennie’s smile will be missed by many. Both of you are special to Nebraska BPW. Take care.

  • Sally Ganem and Dave Heineman Posted January 6, 2021 11:12 pm

    Bennie will always be remembered. There was never a time we didn’t see him with a smile. His kind and giving nature was evident, as was his love and support for Jamie and Marcia. You are in our hearts and prayers.

  • JAMES HARPER JR Posted January 7, 2021 7:32 am

    On behalf of your Greenville – Industrial, C. M. Eppes High Alumni Association family, I offer our deepest sympathy and condolences as we remember Bennie.

    Another son of our beloved alma mater has taken flight and joined that heavenly host of alumni looking over and inspiring us to run on and see what the end will be.

    We thank you Jamie and Bennie for the outstanding support you have given to this association over the years. Not only your scholarship support, but more importantly, your presence at all almost of our Weekend Reunions over the years.

    Bennie did not say much but when he spoke, it was words of wisdom and profoundness. This we will miss and that constant smile of his.

    Jamie, we are here to support you in any and all ways we can. Please lean on us and your personal faith as we go through this time of bereavement together.

    May God continue to bless and your family.

    James Harper, Jr.
    National President

  • Brenda Anson Posted January 7, 2021 8:25 am

    My deepest sympathy Jamie, stay strong. Sending prayers, love, and God’s blessings.
    Brenda and Dave

  • Dr. Ann Garrett Robinson Posted January 7, 2021 10:32 am

    Dear Jamesena Grimes Moore,
    My sincere sympathy is extended to you and your entire family at this time of the loss of your beloved husband Bennie Louis Moore, MSgt. Ret. Many years ago, I lived in Greenville, North Carolina and attended C.M. Eppes High School, ’50. I presently live in Connecticut which has a “Little Greenville” colony with a strong group of Eppes High alumni. The Moore Family name is uplifted with good news about your wonderful contributions and admirable multiculturalism. In reputation, your beloved husband is saluted and now remembered as a man of greatness, a hero and a builder. You can bask in the sunlight of remembrances of Bennie Louis Moore, in the context of “Praise Song For The Day” written by President Obama’s Inauguration Poet, Elizabeth Alexander and faithfully uplifting the mighty psalm of King David in the 23rd Psalm in the Holy Bible. Almighty God is able. Keeping you and yours in our family prayers.

  • Cheryl Johnson Posted January 7, 2021 10:54 am

    I love you

  • Mattie R Sharpless Posted January 7, 2021 10:59 am

    To Jamesena and the Moore Family:
    I extend the deepest condolences on the loss of Bennie and your loved one. May God give you peace and blessings to carry on with life’s journey.. And most of all you will have many beautiful memories to share of your many travels across the globe and making a great contribution to our country. May Bennie rest in eternal peace..
    And thanks so much, Jamesena, for your caring, sharing, and support during the recent passing of my 99-year old mother. May God continue to bless us all.
    In Love, Peace, and Blessings,
    Ambassador Mattie R. Sharpless,
    Washington, DC

  • Randy Cox Posted January 7, 2021 11:15 am

    Remembering with you, when the heart is grieving GOD comes near…to bring HIS COMFORT, and to catch every tear. Love and Prayers
    CM Eppes Chaplain

  • Mary Ferdig Posted January 7, 2021 11:52 am

    Dear, dear Jamie, Thinking of you with love and compassion in this moment, as you honor Bennie’s life in a service of remembering and celebrating.

  • Mary Ferdig Posted January 7, 2021 1:29 pm

    Beautiful testimonials!

  • Alton Harris Posted January 7, 2021 7:36 pm

    Dear Jamesena, The service today was beautiful in every way – visitation and viewing, reflections, video tribute, sermon, military rites. Ella, Amber, and I offer sincere sympathy as we honor the life of the late Bennie Louis Moore, Class of 1961 C.M. Eppes.

  • Lawrence & Lorraine Obrist Posted January 10, 2021 11:13 pm

    Sympathies to Jamie and family. Am with NE-NASW for years. As a fellow VN vet, thanks for his service and sacrifices in his 26 years.

  • Michael & Rosemary Melichar Posted February 25, 2021 5:02 pm

    To my friend,Bennie, I’m going to miss you more than you know.You were my boss in Military Pay at Offutt AFB, but my good friend. Jamesea, may God be with you and yours always. Rosie Melichar & Michael Melichar

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