Rev. James (Jim) Richard Moses, 79, of Henrietta, passed away Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta with Rev. Randy Osborn, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.
Rev. Moses was born in Barberton, Ohio, on June 11, 1935 to Ruth and Charles Moses. His dad served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Barberton and Jim literally cut his teeth on the piano bench his mother sat on as she played for various Sunday school classes. After years of piano lessons, Jim found himself serving his home church at the young age of 15, playing the piano and leading the music. Jim was an Eagle Scout and was the first protestant in the United States to receive the God and Country award. He attended Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., as well as Jefferson Community College in Birmingham, Ala., where he majored in music.
On May 15, 1957, Jim married his childhood sweetheart, Sandra Louise Richardson, also of Barberton, Ohio. Only days after their marriage, Jim took his young bride to Huntsville, Ala., to fulfill the position of Minister of Music at the Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church. Before long, the young minister found himself following God’s call to a larger church in Birmingham, Ala. In the mid 60’s, Jim became the Minister of Music at the Hilldale Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Though young in years, Jim possessed a myriad of musical talents: he was an accomplished pianist, he played the organ, trumpet, trombone, sleigh bells, cowbells and the saw. At one time, Jim was only one of three people known in the United States to play the bells. Wherever he went, people were amazed at his God-given abilities and the fact that he used his talents for the glory of God. The young family was thriving in their new fellowship until his wife, Sandra, became ill. After a week-long hospital stay and extensive tests, the diagnosis came: Multiple Sclerosis, the crippler of young adults. The doctors gave the young mother five good years to live – 10 at the most. Yet in spite of the bleak odds, they placed their lives in the hands of God and trusted Him for the outcome.
It wasn’t long until God had other plans. In 1969, God led the family to the First Baptist Church of Chickasaw, Ala., right outside the port city of Mobile. While in Chickasaw, Jim shared not only his musical abilities, but his carpentry skills as well. Together with a close friend, Jim originated and designed plans for the Singing Christmas Tree. The wooden structure stood 35 feet high and had the capacity to hold up to 150 voices. The tree was covered with live pine bough, ribbons, garland and thousands of Christmas lights. When the tree was completely loaded, it weighed approximately 13 tons. People came from miles around to see the spectacular sight and the young minister was thrilled to give all the glory to God. In turn, God used this amazing tree to spread the good news of His son to thousands. News of the young minister’s talent soon reached the attention of Rev. Bill Weber, pastor of the Northway Baptist Church in Dallas. While serving on staff at Northway, new opportunities of ministry began to open. He was invited to lead the music for evangelistic crusades for Bill Glass (former member of the Cleveland Browns) as well as James Robison, (President of LIFE Outreach International). He wrote a children’s musical, “Special Gifts,” and worked with some of today’s well known Christian singers and songwriters. Jim led hundreds of youth on choir tours all over America and Hawaii; he was a man ahead of his time and possessed a passion for God’s music and God’s people.
In 1995, after 20-plus years of service, Jim Moses retired from Northway Baptist Church. However, his retirement didn’t last long. A couple of months following his resignation from Northway, a small congregation in Henrietta called and invited him to become the interim Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta, Texas. He agreed and after a few weeks of ministry, Jim was invited to stay on permanently. After much prayer and consideration, Jim and Sandra found themselves coming out of retirement and moving to Henrietta. For approximately 18 years, Jim served on staff at the First Baptist Church of Henrietta as Minister of Music and Senior Adults. He brought with him new ideas and new opportunities of ministry through music. It wasn’t long until Jim and Sandra were joined by their daughter, Robyn Taylor and granddaughters, Brynlea and Ryanne. Before long, their son Jimmy found his way to Henrietta. Jimmy eventually became the Student Minister of FBC Henrietta and was joined by his wife Cindy and daughters McKenna and Chelsea. God also had another purpose for their children joining them – they helped Jim care for their mother until her unexpected passing on March 16.
Jim lived his life to bring honor and glory to God through the ministry of music. He was a man of integrity and great character, always caring for others first. Besides his passion for music, he had a passion for serving His Lord. He adored his sweetheart, Sandra, for 57 years and cared for her every need until her recent passing eight months ago. His children were his pride and joy and his grand children and great grandchild were the apples of his eye. Today, heaven’s choir is a little fuller and he’s been reunited with his sweetheart and family and friends who have gone on before. His favorite verse of scripture was I Corinthians 2:9, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” On November 29, Jim Moses discovered the promise of this scripture for himself. What an amazing reunion it must have been!
He is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Louise Moses;and his parents, Charles and Ruth Moses.
Survivors include one daughter, Robyn Taylor of Henrietta, one son, Jimmy Moses and wife Cindy of Henrietta; one brother, Bob Moses and wife Pat of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. and o.
The family will be at Davis Funeral Home Monday evening from 6-7:30 p.m.
Memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church of Henrietta, P.O. Box 544, Henrietta, Texas 76365.