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Flavia Sorbo

January 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: Private

Faye Buffaloe Warren

December 25, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: January 26, 2021

Wesley Max Denning, Jr.

June 14, 1951 ~ January 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Harold Dean Linkous

July 23, 1939 ~ Jan. 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Mary Dillon

February 19, 1933 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Rose Purta

January 30, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021

Services will be held: January 23, 2021

Jean Hathaway Hinton

Aug. 10, 1932 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Claire F. Small

June 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held:

Valerie Wix Moore

September 20, 1965 ~ January 9, 2021

RALEIGH – Valerie Wix Moore, 55, a native of Marietta, Georgia and 32-year resident of Cullowhee and Sylva, North Carolina, passed away at her home in Raleigh surrounded by her family.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22 at Vintage Church Downtown, 118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601. Pastor Jordan Penley will officiate. The service will be streamed live; go to vintagenc.com/downtown/ and click on “YouTube Channel” in the Welcome message.

Valerie was born in Fulton County, Georgia on September 20, 1965 to Albert and Geneva Wix, both of whom preceded her in death.

Valerie is survived by her husband of 37 years, Reuben Moore; daughters, Crystal Hakansson of Clayton, Cristen Moore of Raleigh; sons, Carl Moore and wife, Mindy of Smiths Station, Alabama, Chuck Moore of Dunn; brothers, Michael Wix and wife, Tina of Dallas, Georgia, Jeff Wix and wife, Diana of Dallas, Georgia, Chris Wix and wife, Jenna of Acworth, Georgia; and by her grandchildren, Konrad, Erika, Landon, and Grayson.

Valerie was a graduate of McEachern High School in Marietta, Georgia, and attended North Georgia Vocational and Technical School where she studied cosmetology. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Education from Vision International University. Residing in Marietta after marriage, she moved with her husband and first daughter to Raleigh in 1984 before the family relocated to Cullowhee in 1985. The children were raised at the family home in Cullowhee until the remaining family moved to Zed Hill in Sylva in 2011. In 2017 after the children were all grown Valerie and her husband moved to Raleigh where he became employed with the City of Raleigh.

Besides bearing primary responsibility for raising her children, Valerie often worked outside the home in several fields including Early Childhood Education with Cullowhee Kids and as a Parent Advocate for the attainment of child mental health services with OneVoice. After developing home school curriculums and homeschooling the two youngest children, Valerie was one of the inaugural teachers for Heritage Christian Academy in Sylva.

Valerie and her husband were long-time active members of the First Baptist Church of Sylva, NC, and of Lifeway Community Church also of Sylva, both places where dear life-long friendships were held. At the time of passing she was a member of Vintage Church Downtown and their Skyhouse Community Group where many new friendships were made.

Valerie had a heart for helping people find a relationship with Jesus Christ. She was an active mentor to the women at Life Challenge of Western North Carolina, a Girls-in-Action teacher, youth group leader and trip chaperone, and a missionary to the nations of Ghana and Nicaragua. She led Lifegroups with her husband on Financial Peace, Fireproofing your Marriage, and others.
Valerie was by no means perfect, but as a Christian she was being perfected, as all who profess Christ are. She has now achieved perfection and will be sorely missed in this life by all who loved her.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made in Valerie’s memory to Life Challenge of Western North Carolina by visiting www.lifechallengewnc.org/donate/.

Funeral arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh. Online condolences may be shared at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com



January 22, 2021

3:00 PM

Vintage Church Downtown
118 S Person St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Per Executive Order, face masks and social distancing are required for those attending the service.


  1. Normally

    Valerie will always be missed by all of us who were fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with her. What a lovely person to know. I only wish I could have spent more time with her. John and Norma Gwynn

  2. Anita Bailey

    Crystal and Family,
    I am so sorry for your great loss and will be lifting prayers of comfort, peace, and hope for all of you.
    Anita Bailey ( Former Co-Worker of Crystal’s)

  3. Debora M. Foster

    We love you Val, and will miss you, now a sweet Angel!

  4. Derek and Stephanie Johnson

    Praying for you all. Val was a wonderful lady. She was more of a big sister than a cousin growing up. We know she is far better off than we are but we will miss her. We love you all.

  5. Jona Osk Konradsdottir

    A woman has passed away who was a good friend and had a special place in my heart.
    A beautiful woman inside and out.

    I wish I could have spent more time with Valerie, now for the last few years. The memory of a good woman will live on for eternity.
    Jona Osk Konradsdottir

  6. Ronda and Danny Paskell

    Love and Prayers for everyone. Valerie you will be missed by so many. You have touched so many lives including ours. Our prayers are with the family left behind. May God’s peace be with you.

  7. Edward and Karen Seavey

    We had lost touch with Valerie and are deeply saddened to hear of her passing. Valerie was a vibrant, loving and caring woman–we feel blessed to have know her. Ed appreciated the time and travel he experienced with ONE VOICE, Valerie and the “gang”. Her loyalty and conviction to childhood mental health well-being was evident in her leadership with effectiveness and determination. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family.

  8. Othello crawford

    Love and prayers for all your family. We remember you all fondly. God bless you.

  9. Randy and JoAnn Anders

    We are thinking and praying for your family at this time. Valerie was a wonderful person and friend. We miss your family and the time we had together as our kids grew up. God bless you all.

  10. Bill Holman

    We loved visiting Val & Reuben in Cullowhee & Sylva. They always welcomed us. We’re keeping the family in our thoughts & prayers.

  11. Kendra Morrell

    My Sweet Ghana mission Roomie. Until we meet again in Our Father’s House. Prayers of peace for the family. Love you all!!

  12. Robert Percell

    Keeping your family in prayer for your loss. Blessing of God’s graces and mercies for your family.

  13. Jennifer Murphy

    We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet Val and are immensely inspired by her faith. I smile when thinking of her, and knowing where she is now. We are praying for comfort for her family and friends, as we now have to live without her here on earth but we’re looking forward to seeing her again.

  14. Drake & Payton Creech

    Mrs. Val’s heart for the Lord was contagious and inspiring. All who knew her strong spirit were blessed. Love and prayers to the family!

  15. Priscilla Tyree Williams

    To the Moore Family, Please accept heartfelt and sincere condolences on the loss of Valerie Moore. May she find sweet rest at last.

  16. Steve Williams

    Reuben, My thoughts ad prayers are with you and yours. Valerie was a truly special lady.

  17. Wanda Austin

    Reuben, We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

  18. Joyce and Robin Pope

    Valerie and Reuben were always kind, loving church friends in Sylva. Love and prayers.

  19. Juli & Brennon

    We only got to know Val a short time before she became sick, but it was obvious the love that she brought to everyone she met. While she will be missed, but the love and joy she brought will always remain. Our thoughts are with you Reuben and your family.

  20. Gregg and Barb Gross

    We will always miss ya VAL / prayers for all the kids and Ruben at this time/ it was a beautiful service // Gregg and Barb Gross church friends// Lifeway Sylva NC

  21. Gregg A Gross

    beautiful service for a beautiful lady //
    Gregg and Barb– Sylva

  22. Susan Mullins

    Reuben and family- Thank you for bringing us into her sweet soul through your shared memories.

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