John William “Bill” Moon, Jr, age 67, of Gulfport, went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2023.
He was born December 12, 1955 in Gulfport , MS to the late John William Moon, Sr. and Mrs. Elizabeth Odom Moon. He grew up in Gulfport, MS and attended Gulfport East High School, graduating in 1974. While in high school he was active in The Order of the deMolay which is where he first met his wife of 42 years, Peggy White Moon.
After high school, Bill went on to obtain an associate degree in criminal justice from MGCCC and joined the Gulfport Police Department as a patrol officer and later became a K9 officer. He wed Peggy in 1979 and several years later they moved to Port Arthur, TX where he continued his work of public service with the Port Arthur Police Department. While in Texas they were blessed with the birth of their two daughters, which later led them to move back to Gulfport, MS to be closer to family. After many years of public service as a police officer, Bill decided to pursue a nursing degree and in 1992 graduated from MGCCC with an associate degree in nursing and started his career as a nurse at Memorial Hospital where he was employed as an RN for 29 years, primarily in ICU and later served as a unit coordinator for the Progressive Care Unit. Throughout the years of his employment at MHG, Bill was a constant source of encouragement for patients, their families, and countless numbers of coworkers. He was always available to minister to and pray with his patients and families, his coworkers, and to be a listening ear to anyone who needed him. Anytime he was in a leadership role, he embodied the saying of “lead by example” and is well loved and admired by so many people he interacted with throughout the years of his career.
In addition to his service as a police officer and nurse, Bill was also very active in service to the Lord as a faithful member and deacon of Bel Aire Baptist Church. Throughout his time as a member of Bel Aire, Bill has served as an active deacon, ministering to countless people through his work in that role, as well as Sunday School teacher, youth group parent helper, carpenter for various projects around the church as well as for church members in need, assistant cook for church functions, choir member, and was always the “yes man” willing to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed. He also participated in several mission trips to Brazil which he especially enjoyed.
Despite all of his work for everyone else, Bill always made it a point to have plenty of time available for his biggest joy in life, which was his family. His love for his wife, Peggy, was unmeasured and while not perfect, they have had a wonderful example of a loving marriage for the past 42 years. Bill’s love for his daughters, Kimberly Moon Brammer, husband Will Brammer, and Melissa Moon Muirhead, husband Ricky Muirhead, and grandchildren Lilly Ann Brammer, Aaron Brammer, Rosie Brammer, Ezra Brammer and Louis Muirhead was evident to anyone that met Bill. Bill devoted his life to his family, spending all of his free time taking them camping in the mountains, berry picking, fishing, and just being present for any of them whenever he was needed.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, John William Moon, Sr., and his sister, Judith Moon. In addition to his wife, children, grandchildren, Bill is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Moon, currently of West Monroe, LA, his sister, Nancy Smith (Dean) of West Monroe, LA and Glen Moon (Sara) of Sour Lake, TX. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bill leaves behind a legacy of his love for the Lord and love for his family like no other. He will be sorely missed but we rely on the promise of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection that we will be reunited with him one day.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, from 10 am - 12 pm at Bel Aire Baptist Church, 15080 Dedeaux Road, Gulfport. The celebration of Bill’s life will be at 12 pm in the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Gulfport.
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The Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is serving the family and online condolences may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com