Bob and Joyce Moore were married on April 6, 1957, and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends. They were both born in Blackwell, Oklahoma.
spent her childhood years on a farm near South Haven, Kansas. Like most farm kids she was active in the day-to-day operations of the farm such as driving the tractors and other chores around the farm. She attended small country schools and tells about riding a horse to school with her cousins. She attended high school in South Haven and was a majorette with the high school band. When she was 15 years old, she met and had her first date with Bob and they dated off and on for the next four years. Upon graduation from high school, Joyce applied for and was accepted at a school in Tulsa to train to be an airline hostess. Upon completion of the school, she was too young to be accepted as a hostess, so she went to work for Continental Airlines in Houston as a reservationist. Bob finally convinced her to marry him and their first home was in Wichita, Kansas.
They have been blessed with four children (all girls) and Bob always says they have 18 kids: four daughters, four sons, and 10 grandchildren.
With four young daughters, Joyce was a full time mom and cheerleader for Teresa, Judy, Kathy, and Christy. Money was scarce and for most of their youth, Joyce made most all of their clothes including her own. During these years, Joyce was a 4H leader and was very active in the PTA and spent many years supporting and working with the youth of the community. With the family raised, Joyce enrolled in college at UALR and earned her degree in gerontology. She has served on the board of the Arkansas Symphony Auxillary and spent several years on the boards of the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center and also the Centers for Youth and Families. One of her accomplishments was the formation and founding of the Shepherd Center in North Little Rock. She served as Executive Director for several years and remains active on the board and in the activities of the center.
Bob was raised on a farm near Braman, Oklahoma. He always says he knows all about rural life as town was 150 people and he was 7 miles from it. He attended small country schools and then the schools in Braman, where he graduated in 1953. During his youth he worked for several farmers in the area and during high school he worked for a service station in Braman fixing flat tires, etc. Upon graduation, he went to work for a zinc smelter in Blackwell literally shoveling coal into the furnace. This lasted three days and figuring this was as close to hell as he wanted to be, he quit and got a job in Wichita, Kansas, at Boeing aircraft factory working in Tool and Die, and Experimental. After five years, he decided to try sales and went to work for a local investment company. This lasted three months; with no sales, out of desperation he took a job working for Lawrence Photo in Wichita. Three months later, the boss of the retail division was fired and Bob just took over and served as retail manager for five years.
Eastman Kodak approached the owner of Lawrence Photo and told him of a company in Little Rock, Arkansas, that was for sale. After checking out the company, Dale Gordon, the owner, approached Bob about moving to Little Rock to become manager and part owner of the Jungkind Photo Graphic. Bob and Joyce were struggling to get by and had no funds to pay for their part of the company so Mr. Gordon loaned them the money for their share. Jungkind sold not only cameras but also art supplies. Very soon, they added printing supplies and that rapidly became the major business, selling supplies and equipment to the printers and newspapers. The year Jungkind was purchased in 1966, their sales totaled $250,000.00. When the business was sold in 1997, sales had reached nearly $50,000,000.00 per year.
The Little Rock operation grew to include stores in Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas; and had 165 employees.One of Bob’s proudest times was in 1990 when he was a finalist for executive of the year and the company was recognized by Arkansas business as Business of the Year.
They sold the business in 1997 and became part of the retired community. Coming from farm backgrounds, both Joyce and Bob had an interest in gardening. In 1993 Joyce became part of the Master Gardener organization and Bob joined in after retirement. One of their proud moments was this year when their garden was chosen to be one of the gardens that was on tour for the International master gardeners meeting held in Little Rock.
Bob has probably the most complete collection of Kodak antique cameras in the country, and a portion of them is presently on display at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock.
Bob and Joyce have both been active in volunteer work such as Camp Aldersgate and the Shepherd Center and have been very active in First Methodist church. The Builders class is a very important part of our life and we treasure the relationships with the members.
We are truly blessed to have a wonderful family and great friends.
[Note: Joyce entered Heaven in May of 2013.]