Archive - Jul 2012
Allen Wilder, 63, of Bryant went home to be with the Lord on July 19.
He was born in Little Rock to Bob and Louise Wilder on Oct. 4, 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969 during the Vietnam War era. Allenâ€™s passion was spending time with his family. He was retired from Entergy Arkansas, where he was employed for 35 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Wilder
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."