H. R. 32
(By Delegates Wright and Yeager)
"Memorializing and eulogizing former Delegate Ernest C.
Moore of the County of McDowell."
Whereas, Ernest C. Moore, of McDowell County, was born July
12, 1922, and received his education in the public schools of
He was married to Mittie Kellum Moore for fifty-three years,
and they had four children: Judy, Douglas, Clifton and Gail. His
wife and children all survive him.
Ernest C. Moore served with distinction as a member of the
West Virginia House of Delegates from 1971 through 1978 and from
1981 through 1995. During his tenure, he served as House
Chairman of the Joint Committee on Enrolled Bills and the
Committee on Industry and Labor, and as a member of the House
Committees on Banking and Insurance, Constitutional Revision and
Delegate Moore was a man of quiet dignity, whose words on
the floor of the House of Delegates and in committee meetings
were few and well chosen, highly attended and greatly regarded. Members who served with him attest that when Ernie Moore spoke,
the House listened. He unintentionally commanded the respect of
his fellow Delegates, his fellow workers, his community and his
At the time of his resignation in 1995 for reasons of
health, Delegate Moore possessed the longest institutional
history of any member then serving, having been elected to the
House of Delegates before any member then in office.
Ernie Moore was the only black or African-American delegate
for most of his tenure in the Legislature, and was a member of
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He was a pioneer and role model for all young people, and by his
gentle nature fostered positive relationships among all with whom
he came in contact.
Delegate Moore was a coal miner and served as Vice President
of the United Mine Workers District 29 for seventeen years. He
was a persistent champion of labor interests in a State where the labor of its people forms a vital and colorful component of our
He served his State and his community as president of the
Public Defender's Corporation and as a member of the Governor's
Coal Commission, the Brothers Club, the Salvation Army Advisory
Board, and was a recipient of the 1976 Distinguished Citizens
Award from the Mountain State Bar Association, the 1992
Distinguished West Virginian Award, and an award for twenty years
of dedicated service to the West Virginia House of Delegates in
The House of Delegates and the people of West Virginia are
grateful for the contributions of our friend and respected
colleague, and mourn his passing from this life on the twenty- fifth day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven;
therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates hereby celebrates the life and
mourns the death of Ernest C. Moore and extends its deepest
sympathy to his widow, Mittie Moore, and to his family; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare copies of this resolution for his surviving wife, Mittie
Kellum Moore, and for their children.