Archive - Jul 2012
Dr. Robert Bowen Moore Jr., 88, of Benton died Thursday, July 19. He was a fifth-generation Methodist minister born in Texarkana, Ark., on Nov. 20, 1923, to the late Rev. Dr. Robert Bowen Moore Sr. and Mary Lillian McAlister Moore.Â
After graduating from Pine Bluff High School, Dr. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served during World War II. He saw action in all theaters of the war including Europe and the Pacific. He rose to the rank of Boatswain's Mate 1st Class aboard the U.S.S. Raymond (D.E. 341).
During a thunderstorm on July 6, Benton resident Sharon Witham noticed that a canopy in her backyard was being whipped around. She feared it would blow over toward a neighbor's home, so she dashed out the door, grabbed one of the canopy's metal poles and began to "mash it down."
Witham said it then occurred to her that having metal in her hand probably wasn't a good idea.
"I had that pole in my hand and I thought, 'I better let that go,'" she said. "All of a sudden I saw light out of the corner of my eyes, I was knocked backward and I heard a bang. It sounded like dynamite exploding."
Emmit Elbert Kizzia, 90, of Calico Rock passed away July 16. He was born June 27, 1922, in Murfreesboro to William Fletcher and Jessie Mae McMillen Kizzia.
He married Martha Sue Harrelson and the couple had three children.
In 1940 Mr. Kizzia attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia, served in the U.S. Navy and received Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1948. He was a teacher and head football, basketball and track coach at Benton High School from 1948 to 1959.