Novia was born Sept. 10, 1891, Forest Green, Chariton County, Missouri, USA. He was the son of George Washington Moore and Annie Elizabeth (Folkens) Moore. His siblings were Fronia, George Washington Jr., William Martin, Covey Jefferson, Herman Hamilton, Mary Elizabeth, Reuben Fielding (Ruby), and Everett Wilson Moore.
Novia Lee Moore was the first soldier from Chariton killed in the World War. He enlisted Sept. 20, 1917, from Keytesville, Mo., and was sent to Camp Funston, Kansas, where he was assigned to the infantry and sailed for overseas, from Newport News, Va., April 2, 1918. He was in his fourth battle when he was killed. He was killed at Chateau Thierry, France, July 15, 1918, while serving with Company I, 3rd regiment. Novia was farming before he went to war.