Women’s Book Club honors native author

Updated: November 10, 2017

By Martha Trusley

Special to the Little River News

John Moore is a writer of a weekly blog and newspaper column and is the owner of a voiceover recording studio. He spent over two decades in the radio business as an announcer and currently works in public relations and marketing. He writes a weekly column in the Little River News.

Ashdown native John Moore, who recently completed his first book, was honored by the Women’s Book Club of the First Baptist Church of Ashdown at Heavenly Sweets and Flower Boutique in Ashdown on Saturday. Pictured with Moore is his wife, Terry Moore, Fabienne Thrash and his mother, Mary Moore.

Celebrating Moore’s new book, 21 people met November 4, 2017, with the First Baptist Women’s Christian Book Club members at Heavenly Sweets and Floral Boutique in Ashdown, Ark. They honored him for his latest achievement with his book, “Write of Passage: A Southerner’s View of Then and Now.” At the boutique, Moore was met by club members, teachers, friends, and proud relatives, all well-wishers for his success as a writer.

Those attending this occasion, enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by owners of the boutique, Carla Collier, and Tracie Robinson. They all enjoyed Moore’s humorous speech about his book. In the book, he spoke of various memories about his home life in Ashdown, his days at Ashdown High School, and the people of Ashdown who had influenced him to become a writer.

In his book, Moore talked about places, which he frequented in his youth such as Herbs, Mrs. Mac’s Café, favorite foods, gardening, blacksmithing, and spending quality time with his family, who enjoyed various activities involving his entire family. He marveled at the ancestral stories he had heard from his grandparents.

Moore described his grandparents as people who were very frugal and caring and who always involved him in their garden efforts. As a young boy, he helped his family harvest vegetables from the garden but did not like the stickers attached to okra and tomatoes. The whole family worked together during the season of gardening. He noted how much his parents and grandparents enjoyed sharing vegetables with other families who needed them more than his family did. As a young boy, he detested shelling purple hull peas, especially when he learned that all those peas were for other people. He enjoyed the stories that his grandmother told, perhaps to entertain the pea shellers to make their task more pleasant. However, later in life he and his wife became avid gardeners, often telling the same stories to his grandchildren, as John had heard them as a child.

Moore injected much humor into his presentation to the group. He had his audience laughing as he held them spell-bound with memories from the 1970’s and 1980’s. He thought that the 1980’s perhaps, was the best of times to grow up in Ashdown, Ark.

We, who listened to Moore talk about changes that have taken place since his youth, are reminded that nothing ever stays the same, and we were blessed to have lived in a small town, where people encouraged us to be brave enough to try new endeavors, even writing a book. We look forward to Moore’s next book!