Bernice Moore

July 10, 1931 - March 11, 2017
Racine, WI



Sunday, March 19, 2017
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM CDT
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
Racine Location
803 Main St.
Racine, WI 53403
(262) 634-7888

on Monday at the church 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m.

Driving Directions


Monday, March 20, 2017
11:00 AM CDT
Greater St. Luke's Baptist Church
1326 State Street
Racine, WI 53404

Life Story / Obituary


Mother Bernice Moore (nee Chambliss) made her transition on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Ascension Healthcare in Racine, Wisconsin. Mother Moore was the eldest child born to the late Luella McClain and Willie Chambliss on July 10, 1931 in Enterprise, Mississippi. Mother Moore attended the public school system in Enterprise Mississippi. She married Eugene Moore Sr. and they relocated to Racine, Wisconsin in 1955. She made Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church her church home under the leadership of the late Pastor E.E. Woods. Mother Moore was a vibrant asset to the church by serving in capacity of an usher, church nurse and church mother until her health begin to fail. Two of her many church fundraisers were the Benevolence Fund and “The Tea.” She was a 50-year member and former board member of the Racine Branch NAACP, a founding member of the First District Neighborhood Watch Program where she served as Block Captain, a Board Member and President of the committee. Mother Moore was also past president of the Urban League Guild, and former Worthy Matron of the Luella #67 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Higher Degrees in the Eastern Star. She was previously a Chief Voting Inspector, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Community Violence, a member of the Health Department Advisory Board and assisted in founding the George Bray Center. James A. Ladwig, County Executive of Racine County declared February 11, 2012 as Bernice Moore Day. She was employed at Dr. Martin Luther King Center as a Ceramic, Quilting and Sewing Teacher until 2015 when her health began to fail.

In her passing her memories will be cherished by her loving and devoted daughter Peggy Moore-Smelley, son Eugene (Gaylyn) Moore Sr., great-grandchildren she raised Charles House, Quamecca Cox and Ashley Jackson, dearest daughter Gladys Oliver, her siblings Deicie Ormond, Grace Redmond and Molly Jones all of Racine, Wisconsin; Lottie McCarty of New Orleans, Louisiana; Howard (Willie Ree) and Mittie Chambliss both of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grandchildren Tracy Washington, Falisha (Tony) Wilson, Colin Gardner of Indianapolis, Indiana; Eugene II, of Appleton, Wisconsin Elisa of Racine, Wisconsin and Evan Moore of Springfield, Missouri; Antoinette Ewing, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Clifton (Sharon) Smelley Sr., Amandu, Markela (Marvin Flanagan) and Raachee Moore all of Racine, Wisconsin; twenty-seven great-grandchildren and seventeen great-great grandchildren. One aunt Ruthie Lee Sanders of Meridian, Mississippi, two sisters-in-laws Lula McClain and Brenda Chambliss both of Racine, Wisconsin, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Godchildren Benjamin King, Tricia Bell, Derious Nunn, Sally Epps all of Racine, Wisconsin, Byron Higgenbottom of Killeen, Texas, Tonya Chuderski of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey and Vickie Green of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents Luella Nolan and Willie Chambliss, husband Albert Pouncy, a daughter Evelyn Gardner, a son James Moore, a granddaughter Jahamarah Allen, three brothers Albert Chambliss, Joe McLain and Willie Chambliss and one sister Bertha Chambliss.

There will be a walk-in wake on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church 1326 State Street, Racine, Wisconsin with Pastor Joseph L. Pipes officiating; viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m., with an Eastern Star Ceremony from 10:00-10:15 a.m.