Mrs. Arabelle Moore Wade
1939 - 2015
AR MVPA - 10 Year Milestone Member + 1 (Honorary)
Major USAFR William “Bill” Donald Hobbs, 82, succumbed at home on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 after a short bout with cancer. He was born April 14, 1932, at home in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Jewel and Pearl (Patterson) Hobbs. Bill married Mary Lynn (Short) Sept. 12, 1966, in Garden City, Texas. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Candy (Joe) Stanley of Rolla; and granddaughters, Kaylee and Paige. He graduated Siloam Springs High School and John Brown University. Military service included USAF — 4 years active and 27 reserve; and Missouri National Guard — 8. He was involved with several organizations: Boone County Historical Society, Westerners, Pachyderms, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, American Legion, Rock Bridge State Park, Civil War Round Table, State Military History Society, MOAA, NRA, Little Big Horn Association and Exercise Tiger. Life experience highlights include: Director, Chamber of Commerce Paris, Ark. and McAllen, Texas; Photojournalist for national parks in 1950s; Public affairs officer for USAF and National Guard; Liaison Officer USAF Academy and MU ROTC; and Columbia Welcome Center host, Citizens Police Academy. In 1959, on a photojournalism tour to Africa, his group was ambushed in Algeria. Shot twice, he was the sole survivor. Bill retired in 1994, having served as Columbia’s VA Hospital Chief of Recreation. After retirement, he joined the World War II reenactor group as General Douglas MacArthur. His interests were traveling, reading, photography, filming and military memorabilia.
Arabelle Moore Wade, age 75 of Benton, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2015. She was born August 12, 1939 in Spearville, Kansas to the late Fred and Gladys Gould Moore. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Benton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse, Richard Otho Wade, one grandson, Kyle Wade, and one granddaughter, Tabitha Wade.
Survivors include one son Richard Wade Jr. (LLona) of Cabot; two daughters, AraLea Seachris (Tim) of Little Rock and AnaLea Noble (William) of West Virginia; one sister, Joyce Bartley of Texas; 11 grandchildren, James Thompson, Nicolaus Wade, Justin Thompson, John Thompson, Trevor Seachris, Kathryn Crain, Tate Seachris, Ariel Hopper, Ramsey Noble, Audra Seachris, and Kassidy Noble, and 10 great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Addison, Karley, Kameryn, Kinley, Emmalynn, Starr, Kyle, Rylee, and Marilyn.
This page is dedicated to the memory of AR MVPA members that have passed away. Their lives and hearts have touched ours and will remain with us eternally in memory.
Updated: March 19, 2015
1932 - 2014