Verlin Moffitt

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Verlin Moffitt was born on September 20, 1926 in Fagus, Mo. to John and Mabel (Teachenor) Moffitt. They and his brother, Troy, preceded him to Our Lord. His sister, Nina Moffitt, lives in Rockwall, Tex.

He enlisted in the United States Navy on Dec. 28, 1944 and was honorably discharged on July 31, 1946. He enjoyed telling about the "initiation" he received for crossing the Equator. He was heard to say that his "favorite Uncle Sam treated him and 1,900 of his closest friends to a trip to Hawaii as a birthday gift." The day his ship, the U.S.S. Vincennes, left dock the Japanese surrendered. He was fortunate that he was part of the force assigned to travel to the South Pacific Islands accepting the Japanese surrender of the occupying Japanese force.

After his stint in the U. S. Navy, he began work building oil refineries. He was working in Searcy, Ark. when he met Juanita Pruett who was attending Harding University. After a brief courtship, they married on Aug. 15, 1953 in Raton, N.M. To this union were born their daughter, Vicky Moffitt, and son, Gary Moffitt both of Piggott.

They traveled across this country following Verlin's work. He was greatly sought after for his skills associated with the building of oil refineries. In 1971, he owned and operated the State Line Gas Station. He sold this business in 1976 and worked at several local businesses until he finally found his niche as the Maintenance Supervisor for 17 years at the "Home for the Golden Years".

When he "retired" he began going to work with his son, Gary, at Moffitt's Insurance Agency. His duties included answering the phone, entertaining the clients and becoming one of the great "Free Cell" players!

When the local National Guard was sent to Iraq, he began a "Hoot-N-Nanny" to raise money for care packages. He recruited many of our local musicians to volunteer their talents to this cause. After reaching their goal for our soldiers, he continued the monthly "Hoot-N-Nanny" donating money to many local, state and national causes.

Verlin was a perpetual member of the Easter Star Lodge #207. He was a 50-year Mason.

Verlin was baptized with his daughter, Vicky, in Helton, Okla. He was proud to be a Christian and member of the South Thornton Church of Christ.

Our Lord called him home on Monday, February 4, 2013. He leaves behind a daughter, Vicky Moffitt, son, Gary Moffitt, granddaughter Kristy Cole, three great-grandsons Dylan, Tyler and Logan Cole and a great-granddaughter, Rachael Deggans. He leaves his sister, Nina Moffitt and sister-in-law, Betty Moffitt, nieces Debra Davey, Joni Fowler, Cindy Penny, Tammy Fitzpatrick, Teri Montague and Patti Elkins; many great nieces and nephews as well as dearly loved cousins and friends. His bright smile, quick wit and talent for bringing joy to many will be greatly missed.

We would like to thank Dr. Greg Mallard and the Piggott Community Hospital staff for their kind and compassionate care they gave dad.

Visitation was held beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott, Ark. Afterward Richard Akins provided the memorial service and Lisa Weaver sang "Daddy's Hands". Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 8, at the New Hope Cemetery in Pollard, Ark.