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Shirlow Powell

Alfred Shirlowe Powell

04/22/1933 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Timothy Wayne Bartholomew

12/11/1951 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Betty Jane Jordan

04/23/1927 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/23/2018


Bobby Stuart Ferrell

06/15/1956 ~ 06/19/2018

Services will be held: 06/22/2018


Michael Todd Coleman

04/16/1964 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Cindy Marie Allen

03/11/1958 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/21/2018

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Ronnie Burton Coats

02/12/1950 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held:


Linda Mayo

05/10/1943 ~ 06/15/2018

Services will be held: 06/19/2018

Walter James Moorhead

Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

01/17/1929 ~ 04/05/2017

Walter James Moorhead, aged 88, died Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 in his home in Garner, North Carolina after courageously battling Alzheimer’s disease.

He spent his life adoring his wife of 62 years, Emma Rae Northern Moorhead. He loved his three daughters and their husbands: Jama and David Mosher, Cindy and David DeFoor, and Dayle and Greg Stewart. His sisters, whom he cherished, are Mary Elizabeth Reavis, Ann Hawkins, Jean Miller, and Edith Satterfield. He also doted on his seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (with two more on the way). All of his family is celebrating and grateful for his remarkable legacy.

Jim was born and raised in Blacksburg, South Carolina. He graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and earned his Doctorate in New Testament from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He pastored Glencoe Baptist Church in Kentucky and then was appointed, with his wife Rae, by the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board to serve in the Philippines in 1962.

He taught at the Mindanao Bible School in Davao City and then in 1968 became a Translation Coordinator with the United Bible Societies, working throughout Southeast Asia. In 1981, he was reappointed by the Foreign Mission Board to teach New Testament at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and the Asian Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary in Baguio City. He retired to Crossville, Tennessee in 1994.

Jim wanted everyone to have access to and an understanding of the Gospel, and he shared the Good News of God’s love as he engaged in translation work, as he taught, and in the way he lived his life. The mischievous sparkle in his eye and his contagious sense of humor were magnetic. Jim’s belly often shook with laughter from a shared joke with friends and even at his own jokes. He often led his family in a dinner prayer, thanking God for “the life that we live and the love that we share.”

His family celebrates the life that he lived and the love that he shared with us, and marvel at what it must be like for him now to have left the dense fog of dementia for the clear understanding of knowing as we are known.

A service celebrating his life will be held at Memorial Baptist Church in Crossville, TN at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Those who wish may honor his memory by contributing to the Moorhead Endowment for Academic Dean, Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary (checks may be sent to Memorial Baptist Church, PO Box 39, Crossville, TN 38557) or to Transitions Lifecare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.








1:00 PM

Memorial Baptist Church
Crossville, Tn.


  1. Armando M. Canoy

    In behalf of the PBTS family and ABGTS family around the globe, I wish to express our deepest sympathy and join the rest of the family of the bereaved ones in thanking God “for the life that we live and the love that we share.” Dr. W. James Moorhead will always be remembered as a “lolo” (grandpa) of theological education with his outstanding impartation of New Testament understanding to all the students, faculty and staff whom he touched with his presence and performance. Again, we rejoice and we will continue to remember the “life that he lived and the love that he shared.”

    Thank you also to Mam Rae for your wonderful support to Dr. James. We missed your daily walk together at PBTS compound.

    Armand M. Canoy- his former student now President of the seminary where Dr. Moorhead served.

  2. Susan Smith

    I wish I could be there to celebrate with you and give hugs! I am honored to give to the Philippine seminary in his honor.

  3. Jan Echerd Bailey

    So sorry for your loss of your Dad. Will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Sincerely Jan Bailey and Jemima Cantrell Echerd

  4. Dahl Estrada

    I wish my husband and I could be there at the service. Dr. Moorhead was one of the professors I looked up to when I was a student at PBTS. I am sure there were countless of us who were impacted by his life. He and Rae warmly connected to students by regularly hosting fun dinners at their cozy home. Thank You, Father God, for his life!

    Grateful for Dr. Jim’s life,
    Dahl, and for Lloyd, Estrada

  5. Susan Breazeale

    Dayle and Greg,
    You know from my dad’s death from the complications of Alzheimer’s Disease that I too celebrate the clearing of the “fog” that was so dense for so many years. My heart goes out to you as you continue to deal with this difficult disease in your family. When I read your wonderful words above, I realized that both of our fathers attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dad would have been 84 this year.

  6. Lori Hawkins

    As a member of the Hawkins Moorhead family, I have heard many stories of James growing up the only boy among 4 girls. I’m not sure what would have prepared him better for the trials and joys in life. I know his sister Ann Hawkins (my mother in law) loved him very much and was so proud of what he accomplished working to share the the love and hope in Jesus. And sharing in that life, was his wife Rae who worked so hard to raise 3 children and provide work opportunities for so many that had so little in the Philippines. I pray the family is sustained with wonderful memories during this hard time and thereafter.

  7. Joyce J. Abugan

    Dr. Moorhead was my New Testament teacher and later became a colleague at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. I took over as Academic Dean when he and Rae retired. What a blessing to have so many years of ministry with this wonderful couple. They loved the Master Teacher and each other. He wrote three textbooks in New Testament and they are being used until now. What a wonderful legacy of humble and committed service.

  8. COL (Ret) Carol Solesbee

    Uncle Jim was a kind gentle soul with a sincere calling from God. He did not always choose the easiest path but instead chose to follow the one laid out before him by His Maker. Uncle Jim’s contributions on the mission field and to the Filipino people by utilizing his gifts to translate the contents of the New Testament into their dialect allowed them to spread the word of God’s great mercy and love. His life legacy is one of devotion, love, and commitment. May Aunt Rae and the girls find comfort in the life he lead and the example he set for all. I am honored to give to the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in his name.

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