At 5:45 am, September 14, 2019, Billy Moore, 79, of Rogers, Arkansas passed on to heaven. He was born April 10, 1940 in Van Buren, Arkansas to Oscar and Ellen Finch Moore. He leaves behind a loving family that will truly miss him. He is survived by the love of his life, his faithful and loyal wife of 60 years, Wanda Moore. He leaves two sons, LTC Lyndell Moore, Army (Ret) and his wife, Julia, and Dr. Kent Moore and his wife, Lisa. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Dr. Devin Moore (and wife Tania), Dr. Tracer Moore (and wife Heather), Trinity Moore, Katelyn Moore, and Natasha Moore. He is also survived by his twin brother, Bob Moore who resides in Fort Worth, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Moore, mother Ellen Finch Moore, and sister, Betty Hayre.
Billy Moore was an incredible man that led his family with kindness, generosity, and love. He was a true rags to riches story. Born in Van Buren, Arkansas, his early years were spent with minimal resources in a small home with an outdoor toilet, but his God given drive for success and tireless work ethic led him to great things. He worked his way up in the newspaper industry and moved around to different locations with the Donrey Media Group, culminating with him as President and General Manager of the Rogers Daily News. In 1972 “Mr. Sam” Walton recruited and hired him to come to Bentonville, AR and start a publishing company to take over the printing requirement of the growing Walmart corporation. He also ran the weekly newspaper and, in time, converted it to a daily publication, The Benton County Daily Record. He led and expanded the Benton County Publishing Company and the Benton County Record newspaper for 20 years. He later started another company, Screen Print Specialists, and had numerous other business ownerships and ventures including Total Fitness and Airport Boulevard Mini Storage. This, along with investing in the burgeoning Northwest Arkansas real estate market, let Billy accomplish more professionally than he ever dreamed. He always remembered what was truly important and never sacrificed his role as a great husband, father, and later as a gentle and sweet “Papa.” Billy also served in the Arkansas Air National Guard for six years and as president of the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce.
He raised his family with Christian principals of love, kindness, hard work, morality, compassion, and respect for others. God and church were an integral part of his life and he credited all of his successes as being blessings from God. He will be missed by many friends, acquaintances, and past business partners. The past few years he finally met his biggest challenge in Alzheimer’s disease. He fought hard, but now he passes on to the next chapter.
Please join us in a celebration of his life on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in The Training Center at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers with Pastor Mickey Rapier officiating. Interment will follow at Rogers Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort will be expressed at stockdale-moodyfs.com.
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