John Shores
May 9, 1940 - September 20, 2015
Bentonville, Arkansas
John Richard Shores, 75, of Bentonville, AR passed away Sunday,
September 20, 2015 in Fayetteville, AR.  He was born May 9, 1940
in Rogers, AR to Raymond Oscar and Ruby Beaver Shores.
He owned and operated Bentonville Furniture, Inc. in downtown
Bentonville for 40 years until he and his wife, Mary Kay, closed the
store and retired in May of 2000.   He was past president of the
Arkansas Home Furnishings Association and was a 2011 Retail
Inductee into the Arkansas Home Furnishings Association Hall of
Fame.  John was an active supporter of the Bentonville community,
and he worked behind the scenes for decades to help develop
downtown Bentonville.  In the late 70’s, he founded the non-profit
organization Downtown Development, Inc., and he continued to serve
on the board until his death.  He helped to form the Downtown
Bentonville Parking District and served as its commissioner for many
years.    He served on the Bentonville City Council, the Benton County
Historical Society and was a volunteer firefighter in his early years.
He was a faithful member of First United Methodist church in
Bentonville for over 25 years where he served as a trustee and as a
member of several committees.  He was active in Methodist’s Men’s
Ministry and cooked breakfast for the men every Tuesday morning.
For many years he transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the
quilts made by Granny’s Quilts Ministry.
In his spare time, John enjoyed traveling in his RV with Mary Kay,
making Artesia wood wall art and stain glass pieces, restoring old
Volkswagens, and spending time with family and friends.
John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Kay Shores;
daughter, Sandy Loveless and husband, Matt, and son, Gregg Shores
and wife, Lori all of Bentonville; five grandchildren, Mary Beth, Luke
and Jon Thomas Loveless and Justin Shores all of Bentonville, and
Kayla Fitts of Harrison; and two great-grandchildren, Kynslie and
Kaidyn of Harrison.
A visitation will be held from 5 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 23,
2015 at First United Methodist Church in Bentonville.  
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 24,
2015 at First United Methodist Church in Bentonville with the Rev.
Dr. Kurt Boggan officiating.  Burial will immediately follow at Hart
Cemetery on South Rainbow Road in Bentonville.
Memorials may be made in his honor to First United Methodist
Church, 201 NW 2nd Street, Bentonville, AR 72712.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral
Services of Rogers.  Online condolences may be made to

God must have seen the good deeds John performed on earth and
decided he needed him in Heaven. He will be missed. Prayers for his
family.   Jerry & Charlene Ferguson

Mary Kay, my heart goes out to you.There are many heavy hearts in
Northwest Arkansas as we say good bye to a dear respected friend.
Gone but not forgotten!   Teresa L. Carnes-Helms

Mary Kay and family. You are in our thoughts & prayers. We
thought a lot of John and he will be thoroughly missed. In God's Love.
Sara and Rick Edgar.

Mary Kay, Sending love & prayers to you & your family. So many
great memories of John, he sure was an inspiration to many.
Bentonville will forever remember his contributions to the
community. Much love to you. Della Ivy

R.I.P. Mr Shores.  Our very ill children at A.C.H. have felt the
comfort of the many quilts, pillows, caps/hats that you so joyfully and
compassionately carried and delivered to them.  Granny's Quilts of
Love was so blessed to have your diligent support.  You are forever
missed.  Our DEEPEST SYMPATHY to Mrs Shores, family and
 Granny & Quilts of Love

Mary Kay & Family, My deepest condolences.
John always made me laugh. He was one of a kind. So glad I visited
with him at Wal-Mart just a short time ago. You will be missed by
many!!     RIP John     Judy Davidson

I have so many memories of Mr. and Mrs. Shores being sweet to the
Dossey kids when we came trick-or-treating or to see our Granny
Oleta and run around like monkeys in Bentonville Furniture. I wish we
could have been at my dad's party, to see everyone that came and now
I especially wish I could have given Mr. John a hug that night. I smile
knowing big Jerry was there to be one of the first to greet him.
My most heartfelt empathy to the entire family,
Heather Dossey

Mr.Shores has helped me numerous times over the years as my close
neighbor.  He will be missed by many !
To say he is a Wonderful man is an understatement !
This hurts my heart !
He has been a wonderful neighbor to me in all that I have been through
this year since being diagnosed back in December. He has checked on
me almost weekly and after my last surgery brought me a walker to
help get me walking around again. I sure will miss this man very much
We would sit out in the shop and talk about the good old times and of
course his stories were endless about Bentonville since he's been here
since 1950's He's one of those that I could've sat and listened to
stories to all day and night!!
I sure will miss this man and this community has lost a great
contributor to many many organizations.
I pray for Mary and the rest of the family during this hard time  
Jay Flaa

Mary, Scott and I are so sorry for your loss. We will miss him, he was
always so kind to us and I loved his quiet manner. We pray for
comfort for you, your family, and Greg and Lori.
Scott and Vicque White

Mary Kay and family, you are in our prayers and if we can be of any
help please call us. We have always enjoyed knowing your family and
John will be missed.  #128521
Edward & Stephanie Sandlin

Message_To_Family = My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
Mary Kay, you and John were such great friends of my parents, and I
remember meaning times when we were all together. It was a shock to
hear about John. I know him and Dad are up in Heaven now causing
havoc! #128521
Kimalee Marple

Mary Kay, Sandy, Matt, Greg, Lori and kids,
We are deeply saddened at the loss of your husband, father, grandpa
and everyone's friend. John was such a fine and honorable man. He
lived a wonderful life while making everyone around him smile. We
will remember him all of our days with fondness and admiration. You
are all in our prayers.
Russ and Sue

Mary Kay &  Family, My deepest condolences.
John always made me laugh. He was one of a kind. So glad I visited
with him at Wal-Mart just a short time ago. You will be missed by
many!!     RIP John    Judy Davidson

Dear Mary Kay, We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you.  
John was a wonderful man and we were happy to call him (and you)
our friends.  He will be deeply missed. May God give you peace and
strength during these difficult days. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love, Paul and Marilyn Wyrick

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City = Rogers
State = Arkansas
Zip = 72758
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Message_To_Family = My thoughts and prayers for the family. I got to
know Mr. Shores when he came to visit at the Bentonville Manor
Nursing Home. He was always so friendly and always stopped by my
office on his way out, just to say hello and see you later. He will be
deeply missed. Mary Rice

Mary Kay and family we are so sorry for your loss. Know we are
thinking of you   George & Janet Sutton
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