We had the pleasure of meeting Denver Moore during his visit to Durham in 2009. He and Ron Hall co-wrote Same Kind of Different as Me, a book that shares the touching story of Hall’s and Moore’s intersecting life journeys.
We were sad to hear of his passing, but are encouraged by thousands he touched with his story. Moore’s memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at McKinney Memorial Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX. To view the service, click here.
Below you’ll find Moore’s obituary and a brief video where Moore shared with us what it means to love your neighbor.
Denver Moore’s Obituary
The gates of heaven swung open on Saturday, March 31, 2012, and Denver Moore went walkin’ in! He had sung those words of his favorite old spiritual countless times, receiving standing ovations all across America. He dreamed of heaven and was ready to march in with the saints and be reunited with Miss Debbie, the woman who believed he would make a difference. He was 75 years old.
Though his lips were always flappin’ like Bible pages, he would say, he never claimed to be a preacher, just a sinner saved by grace with a message of hope for those that didn’t have any.
His story, well known by millions, is told in SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a word-of-mouth best-selling book that spent 3 1/2 years as a New York Times best-seller. His follow up book WHAT DIFFERENCE DO IT MAKE, tells the rest of his story.
Denver, formerly homeless, spent much of his life on the streets of Fort Worth , Texas , until Deborah Hall (Miss Debbie to him) dreamt of this poor man with wisdom that would change the city. And did he ever! A few years after her dream, Denver was honored as the Philanthropist of the Year for his ministry and fund-raising for the homeless in Fort Worth . Upon accepting that honor, he shared the story of his transformation that he first told on the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS. “God is in the recycling business,” he said “What most folks in Fort Worth thought was trash on the streets, God turned into a treasure! ” Amen to that.
In 2007, Barbara Bush selected SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME to be featured at her Celebration of Reading fund-raisers in Dallas and Washington DC . Denver was honored to meet the President and attend a private luncheon in the White House with Bush family members and four other best-selling authors. As he pulled away from the White House in a long blue limousine, he told his co-author, Ron Hall, “I done gone from livin’ in the bushes to eatin’ with the Bushes. God bless America ,” he exclaimed, “This is a great country!”
Since 2005, Denver spoke at more than 400 fund-raising events, and countless radio and TV shows. He attained rock star status with his fans but the only introduction he ever wanted was, “Tell ‘em I’m a NOBODY that is tryin’ to tell EVERYBODY about SOMEBODY that can save ANYBODY.” And he did. That “Somebody” was Jesus, and Denver woke up in His arms on Saturday. His famous quote and the final words in his book are “We are all homeless workin’ our way home”. Welcome home friend; you were a good and faithful servant.
He is survived by two daughters, Tracy and Marva, and two sons, Thomas and Curtis. He leaves behind millions of folks forever changed by his testimony.
A celebration of his life and passing will be held on April 12, at 2 pm in Fort Worth , Texas , at McKinney Memorial Bible Church , 4805 Arborlawn Drive, Fort Worth , Texas 76109 . It is open to all who loved him and want to honor him.
Donations made to the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, 1331 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth , Texas 76102 will keep hope alive for the hopeless.