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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).
He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for service in the battle off Samar in which his task force defeated a larger enemy fleet. After separation from the service in 1946, he attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.
Dr. Bob then attended Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, where he earned his degree in divinity and was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Bob began his ministry at the Portland/Montrose charge. During the course of his ordained ministry, he served churches throughout Arkansas and Texas, including Hope, Highland, Magnolia, Baytown, Port Arthur and San Angelo. He retired in 1989 after 40 years of ministry and lived his remaining years in Benton with his wife, Eva.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of three of his children, Josephine Sahli Moore; two sons, Jim and John Moore; a brother, Rear Admiral Withers Moore; a sister, Martha Sue Jefferies; and his brother in law, Robert Jefferies.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eva Power Moore; a son, Dr. Robert Bowen Moore III and wife MaryLou of Blacksburg, Va.; a son, Col. Don Kaminar and wife Toni of Bryant; a daughter, Kie Moore Baxley and husband Tom of Benton; a sister-in-law, Betty Moore; grandchildren, Ashley Waite (Tyler), Kyle and Kate Moore, 1st Lt. Ben (Sarah), Krystal, and 2nd Lt. Jonathan Kaminar, and Bo and Jesse Baxley.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 23, at Benton's First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Visitation and a reception will follow.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Youth Program, 200 N. Market St, Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.