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Arthur "Gene" Moore

February 5, 1942 — May 3, 2024


Arthur "Gene" Moore, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather friend, and respected member of the community, passed away on May 3, 2024. Born on February 5, 1942, in Bethel Springs, Tennessee, Gene's journey through life was one filled with love, kindness, and dedication.

 Gene's professional life was marked by hard work and success. He began his career at Brown Shoe Company in Selmer, Tennessee before transitioning to Chrysler in St. Louis, Missouri where he spent 35 years as the manager of the industrial engineering department. Following his retirement from Chrysler, Gene embarked on a new adventure in Benton, Arkansas - his wife Phyllis' hometown - where he crafted exquisite cabinets. His craftsmanship was evident in the cabinets he built for Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, which ultimately led to a fulfilling 25-year career at the funeral home.

 Outside of work, Gene was known for his warm heart and generous spirit.  He was of the Baptist faith and was a wonderful son to both of his parents.  Affectionately nicknamed "Popples" by his family and friends alike, Gene cherished every moment with his loved ones. He adored his fur babies and made it a tradition to take his three dogs - Annie, Lainie, and Lindy - to McDonald's every other day for their special sausage biscuit treat. Gene shared an inseparable bond with his wife Phyllis; they were best friends whose lives revolved around each other. They did everything together-including shopping, gardening, dancing, assisting each other with every project and much more.   He was a very "participating" dad who never missed his sons' games or activities.  Gene was busy all the time and enjoyed staying busy.

 One of Gene's proudest accomplishments was his talent for playing the drums. With a heartbeat for music, he showcased his drumming skills in various local bands, including the Country 1 4 5, which played in Malvern at the American Legion for 15 years, and most recently with the Steel Kick'n Band at Bishop Park. Additionally, Gene's expertise extended to carpentry; he was a gifted craftsman who created stunning wood furniture and cabinets that adorned their home with his impeccable artistry.

 A true "rescuer" at heart, Gene never hesitated to lend a helping hand to those in need. He had a knack for fixing things and was always prepared with a fully stocked truck ready for any emergency. His active lifestyle kept him busy constantly, embodying a spirit of determination and generosity that touched the lives of all who knew him.
 Gene was preceded in death by his son Anthony Moore; and parents Arthur Channon Moore and Alice Isbell Moore.
 Gene is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Phyllis (Griffis) Moore; sons: Scott Moore (Debbi), Kevin Moore (Lori), Casey Phillips (Tracy); grandchildren: Tony Moore (Katie), Danielle Fields (John), Cody Phillips, Lawryn Downes (DJ), Hollie Riley; great-grandchildren: Jackson Moore, Olivia Moore, Brixi Bell, Huntley Downes, Farryn Downes, Promise May; best friend Clayton Summerville; along with a multitude of family members and friends who will forever cherish Gene's memory.

 Services to celebrate Gene's life will be held at Smith Family Funeral Home in Benton on Monday, May 13th for visitation from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Tuesday, May 14th for the funeral service, officiated by Rev. Kim Hammer, starting at 1:00 PM.  Burial will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park following the service.  Assisting as pallbearers are Karen Carter Bowden, Scott Moore, Kevin Moore, Casey Phillips, Cody Phillips, Tony Moore, and Tony Griffis. Clayton Summerville will serve as honorary pallbearer.

In every beat of the drums he played and every cabinet he crafted with precision and care lay the essence of Arthur "Gene" Moore - a compassionate soul whose legacy of love and craftsmanship will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered always.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, May 13, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Private Service

Pinecrest Memorial Park

7401 AR-5, Alexander, AR 72002

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