Vanessa M. Moore

August 25, 1959 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 61)


Vanessa Marie Moore, 61, of Carthage, Arkansas, was born August 25, 1959, the daughter of the late Henrietta Moore and Lonnie Smith, and Nannie (Moore) and Joe Patillo. She answered the call and departed this life to reside in the arms of the Lord on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Vanessa graduated from Mount Union Area High School, Class of Douglas attended and graduated from Captain Jack High School, Mount Union Class of 1978. Following graduation, Vanessa returned to Carthage and built a family with her life-long partner and childhood sweetheart, Ray Oakley. They were together for 44 years. Vanessa is survived by her companion Ray, children Michelle (Corey Lea) Oakley and Michael Oakley of Malvern, Arkansas and stepson Maurice (Princeton) Oakley of Fordyce, Arkansas;; siblings Evelyn Moore of Malvern, Arkansas; Angela (Tony) McMillan of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trudy (Douglas) Warner, of Hot Springs; Chris Cooper (Sanya) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Gregory Smith, Danita Smith, Regina Carter, Marilyn Smith, Sharon Jameson and Lana Moore, all from Los Angeles, California; aunts Odelia Locke, Malvern, Arkansas and Nancy Moore, Fayetteville, North Carolina;12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by daughter Erica Moore, son Ray Lamont Moore (Tiffany); and one brother, Fred Cooper. Vanessa’s beautiful smile would light up the world and anyone in her presence. She had a heart of gold that always radiated goodness and kindness especially to her cherished family and friends. “My grandma was like a mother to me when my mother died. She got me everything I ever needed even when she knew it was too much. She always checked on me. I know that she would want me to keep going. Even though she’s gone, she will always be remembered by me,” said Jr. Her best friends Arthur House, Tanya Leverett and Catherine Smith will miss her dearly. 


When tomorrow starts without me
And I’m not here to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me

I wish you wouldn’t cry 
The Way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We did not get to say

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you
Each time that you think of me
I know you will miss me too

When tomorrow starts with out me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand

The angel said my place was ready
In heaven far above
And That I would have to leave behind
All those I Dearly Love

But When I walked through Heaven’s Gates
I felt so much at home
When GOD looked down and smiled at me 
From his golden throne

He said This Is Eternity
And All I promised you
Today for life on earth is done
But Here it starts a new

I promise no tomorrow 
For today will always last
And Since each day’s the exact same way
There is no longing for the past

So When Tomorrow starts without me
Do not think we’re apart
For every time you think of me 
Remember I’m right here in your hear


Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors

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August 27, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel
413 West Page Avenue
Malvern, ARKANSAS 72104

Graveside Service
August 28, 2021

12:00 PM
Perla Gate Cemetery
0 Perla Gate
Perla, AR 72104

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