OBITUARY: Dr. Robert Farris Kent – Oct. 2, 1931 – Oct. 15, 2011

by on October 19, 2011

Dr. Robert Farris Kent passed away at Hospice House of Harrison on October 15, 2011.

The son of Clarence Newell and Cleona Farris (Bill) Kent was born on October 2, 1931 at Harrison.

He graduated from Harrison High School in 1949, and married Joyce Virginia Phillips on August 5, 1951. He earned a bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway, graduating in 1954. He continued his education at the University of Missouri School of Dentistry at Kansas City, MO, graduating in 1958 with a D.D.S. Degree.

While attending Harrison High School, Dr. Kent, lettered in football, basketball, and track. He received a football scholarship from UCA. While attending UCA he played football, basketball, tennis, and track. He was a loyal Harrison Goblin fan and a member of the “Old Goblins” at the time of his death. He served on the Harrison School Board of Education for 12 and a half years, and was State School Board Vice President for 3 years. He served as President of the Boone County Medical Center, was on the Board of the Paramount Life Insurance Company for 20 years, serving as board chairman for 6 of those years. He was on the Board of Directors of Delta Dental Insurance Company of Arkansas for 10 years, serving as Chairman for 6 years and Vice Chairman for 4 years. At the time of his death, he was still considered an employee of Delta Dental and his greatest wish was to recover his health enough to return to his desk there as a consulting dentist. He loved spending time with his associates and friends there and was much loved and respected in return. He was a member of the dental staff at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center for 30 years. He also served as the Designee for Testing Dental Assistants for the State Board of Dental Examiners of Northwest Arkansas for 10 years and made many lasting friends, who remember his enjoyment of life and his ability to put everyone as ease with that booming laugh and devastating smile.

Dr. Kent was a Captain in the Dental Corp in U.S. Air Force from 1958-1961. He completed the Cogswell Oral Surgery Course in 1960 at Eglin Air Force and was only one of twelve doctors chose from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Canadian Forces. He served as Boone County Dental Society President for 8 years, was Northwest District Association President and Vice President, served as Arkansas State Dental Association Executive Council President and Vice President, American Dental Association of House of Delegates for 9 years, and as an alternate for 2 years. He was appointed in 1989 to the American Dental Association Reference Committee Budget and Administration Board. He served for 5 years on the 12th Trustee District Fre. Committee on Insurance. He was on the Board of Trustees University of Missouri School of Dentistry-Alumni Association, Rinehart Foundation, a member of the Board of the University of Missouri School of Dentistry, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy member. He represented Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana as a member of the Council on Insurance American Dental Association.

Dr. Kent served on the Board of First United Methodist Church in Harrison for 3 years, where he and his wife have been members for many years and enjoyed attending services there until their declining health prevented their attendance. He was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother, C.N. Kent, Jr.; his mother and father-in-law, Glena and Ina Phillips; niece, Pamela Lee Ellis Skinner; and nephew Frank Graham. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of the home, his son Robert Michael Kent, of Fayetteville; his much loved grandson, Phillip Thomas Kent, Phillip’s mother, Dr. Laura Kent, his sister, Leanna Ellis and her husband Dr. Bob Ellis, of Houston, TX; his sisters-in-law, Glenna Cole, of Little Rock and Wanda Kent, of Fayetteville; His nieces, Barbara Kent-Graham Cody, of Mtn. Home, Carolyn Jane Kent,of Fayetteville, and Cindy Ellis Murray, of Houston, TX; and a nephew Tom Cole of Little Rock; as well as several great nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his staff, Tracie Blankenhorn, Gaila Booth, Penne Estes, and Kristy Red. His dental staff, Elizabeth Witt, Cindy Slay, and Becky Anderson.

He was an avid Hogs fan supporting the Razorback Scholarship Fund and attending every possible football and basketball game for more than 50 years.

Bob Kent will be most remembered for his willingness to give everyone a second chance if it was required. He was kindhearted, full of fun, and had a great love for speed, whether it was in the plane he once owned or flying his Tahoe on the highways. He was well known and provided a great source of amusement to Arkansas State Troopers. He supported the Arkansas State Trooper Association for 30 years and happily paid his speeding tickets with a wicked grin.

A Celebration of Life Service will be on Saturday, October 22 at Holt Memorial Chapel at 10:00a.m. Rev. Robert Shaddox will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Hills House, Ozark Humane Society, or to a charity of your choice.

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