Chances are if you’re a civic minded person in Killeen, you know Brockley Moore.
Moore, 46, serves on the board of the Exchange Club of Killeen, the Killeen Housing Authority Board, is the founder of the Parent Teacher Organization at Shoemaker High School, helped found the PTO at Willow Springs Elementary School, works with the Killeen Area Alliance of Black School Educators, Communities in Schools, students at Timber Ridge Elementary and is a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the NAACP.
And recently he has been active with the Killeen Civilian Personnel Hearing Board, having his picture splayed across the pages of the Herald multiple times as the city and its fired finance director continue to joust over her termination.
“They keep me pretty busy,” Moore said when interviewed in a rocking chair on the front porch of his southwest Killeen home.
Moore is a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who worked in human resources for more than 20 years. The youngest of 12, he comes from a family with a steeped military background, with nine of them all serving in the armed forces.
His early life was already similar to that of a soldier’s. Living with his sister, he went with her as she deployed to Germany and Fort Hood for a brief spell.
When Moore joined the Army, he ended up spending the majority of his service in Killeen. He learned to love the community and has since made it his home.
“It’s a very friendly place and very diverse,” Moore said.
Moore grew up in a family that might have been considered poor, but his parents made sure they never knew. They taught patriotism and a sense of civic duty that definitely took hold in Moore.
Moore considers Charles Patterson, the former Killeen Independent School District superintendent, an “inspiration” and an “icon” that have led him to focus most of his volunteer work on children’s education.
“I like to see the joy,” Moore said. “I live to see the kids smile and be happy.”
An avid reader and researcher into educational issues, Moore said he doesn’t believe in words like “at risk” and prefers the more positive “at reach.”
“I believe everyone is at reach if you can drive them and get them there,” he said.
He is also a devout member of the Simmonsville Missionary Baptist Church. Anyone leaving a message on Moore’s cellphone is treated to a quick reading of John 3:16, and he is fond of the wisdom of Mother Teresa.
His faith pushed him toward community service, and it has also helped him remain active with the hundreds of people he has met through his activities.
“God made people,” Moore said. “No man is a stranger.”
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