Obituary for Dr. Staley Cook Moore

Cotten Funeral Home & Crematorium

dr Staley Cook Moore, 66, of New Bern, NC, died at his home on Thursday July 14, 2022. He left this world peacefully after enduring complications from colon cancer surgery.

Staley was born on December 19, 1955 in Burlington, North Carolina to Stephen Irwin Moore Jr. and Nancy Lane Cook Moore. He was the second oldest of five siblings.

In his youth he attended schools in Alamance County. His favorite high school highlight was the role of Harold Hill in the production of Music Man. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received both his undergraduate and medical degrees. During his college days, Staley was a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity and a founding member of the all-male acapella group Clef Hangers. After graduating from medical school, he trained as a general practitioner at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. He practiced emergency medicine at Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, VA and at Riverside Hospital in Tappahannock, VA. During his time in Virginia, he met his loving and devoted wife, Dr. Leann Deal Moore and married her. He then moved to Plainview, TX and practiced emergency medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lubbock, TX for two years. After that, Staley began practicing primary care at a South Plains Health Organization migrant clinic in Crosbyton, TX and Floydada, TX.

He and his wife moved to New Bern, NC in 1990 and practiced family medicine for the next 31 years. Most in the New Bern community knew him as Dr. Staley. He took great joy in serving his community and the Lord by practicing medicine and helping those in need. Staley also served at the Eastern Pregnancy Information Clinic for many years. Both retired happily in September 2022. Staley was an active member of his church community and served in the choir for over 20 years. He loved singing so much that he formed a barbershop quartet called the Knights of Glory. Staley also had a passion for giving back by buying and wrapping shoeboxes for children in need as part of Operation Christmas Child, the mission of Samaritan’s Purse. He particularly enjoyed taking missionary trips to Haiti with his congregation and visiting the Wings of Hope orphanage for special needs.

Staley has always been the life and laughter of his communities. Whether at home, at work, or at church, Staley was always singing or cracking a joke in the hallways. When Staley wasn’t at work or at church, he could be found at Chapel Hill at a game cheering on “those good ol’ Tarheel boys.” He loved playing pranks on his comrades and was often seen with Carolina Blue. One of his great passions was traveling to national parks and international destinations with his daughter Allison. In his spare time he could be found enjoying and tending to his garden.

He is survived by his 36-year-old wife Dr. Leann Ruth Deal Moore, his daughters Christina Meredith Moore and Nancy Allison Moore of New Bern, NC, and his siblings Stephen Irwin Moore III of Pine Knoll Shores, NC, Nancy Amos Moore of High Point, NC, and Stephanie Moore Kuykendall of Houston, TX .

He is a predeceased of his father, Stephen Irwin Moore Jr., his mother, Nancy Lane Cook Moore, and his brother, Frank Winston Moore, of Burlington, NC.

All memorial donations in Staley’s honor can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, Garber Church Missions, or EPIC (Eastern Pregnancy Information Center).

The family is welcoming friends to the Cotten Funeral Home on Monday 18 July 2022 from 6pm to 7pm. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, New Bern. He will be buried on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington, NC. Condolences can be expressed online Cotten Funeral Home is honored to extend to the family and friends of Dr. to serve Staley Moore.

Posted July 17, 2022

Published in the Burlington Times News

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Cotten Funeral Home, 2201 Neuse Blvd. New Bern, NC 28560

July 18, 2022 at 18:00 – 19:00

funeral service

Garber United Methodist Church, 4201 Country Club Road, New Bern

July 19, 2022 at 11:00 O’CLOCK


Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington, NC

July 20, 2022 at 11:00 O’CLOCK

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