Across Arkansas – August 15, 2019

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Willis Trueman Moore, 90, of Sherwood, died July 22. Moore was a missionary in Pakistan for the International Mission Board. He also pastored Jenny Lind Baptist Church, Greenwood, and East Side Baptist Church, Fort Smith. Moore was the founder of the Fort Smith Boys Shelter. After he retired, Moore was the interim pastor for seven churches. Moore is the brother of Don Moore, pastor and former executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother. Moore is survived by his wife, a brother, two sisters, a daughter, three sons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral was held July 27 at East Side Baptist Church in Fort Smith.

Edward Monroe Turner, 86, of North Little Rock, died July 23. Turner was a charter member of Amboy Baptist Church, North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings. Turner is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A funeral was held July 27 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, North Little Rock, followed by burial at Edgewood Memorial Park.

Walter Lee Crosson, Sr., 82, of Sherwood, died July 24. A Navy veteran, Crosson pastored churches for 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and two brothers. Crosson is survived by his wife, five children, 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held July 30 at Harmony Baptist Church in Sherwood.

Mary Katherine Wright, 87, of Benton, died July 27. Wright was a member of First Baptist Church in Arkadelphia where she served as the hostess and food service coordinator. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and a sister. Wright is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Aug. 5 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home.

Church life

First Baptist Church, Malvern, will host a blood drive at 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29. Participants will receive a free T-shirt and a pass to the Little Rock Zoo.

Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Black Rock, will host Bucks, Ducks and Faith at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. After Grace will lead worship, and Will Lunch, host of Hardwoods South and PSE archery professional, will talk about hunting and his walk with God. For more information, visit

Baptist life

Clear Creek Baptist Association will host a women’s event starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at First Baptist Church, Ozark. The guest speaker will be Kelli Lawrence of First Baptist Church, Grapevine, Texas, and Voices of Praise from First Baptist Church, Ozark, will lead worship. Brunch will be provided.

Forrest City Baptist Church will host disaster relief training at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.


Union Avenue Baptist Church, Wynne, will host a Golden Jubilee Celebration honoring Gary Henson, the pastor, for his 50 years in pastoral ministry. The celebration will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24.

On the move

Rodney Reeves is serving as pastor at First Baptist Church, Jonesboro.

Brian Womack is now serving as pastor at First Baptist Church, Marvell.

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