John Rufus Kisner

Monday, June 27, 2016
John Rufus Kisner

Mr. John Rufus Kisner, 84, of Black Oak, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016, at his home. Born Nov. 11, 1931 in Leachville, he was the son of the late Noah Hampton and Virgie Allen Kisner and was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Kisner was married to Myrna Armstrong Dec. 13, 1952, and was an active member and elder of the Black Oak Church of Christ. Mr. Kisner proudly served his country for 20 years, before retiring, in the United States Army as a combat veteran and tank commander, in which he received two purple hearts, two bronze stars and two silver stars serving in the Vietnam War and the Korean conflict. After he retired from the military, he worked as a mechanic and a truck driver. Mr. Kisner was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting, fishing and was very devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Myrna Kisner; two brothers and one sister.

He is survived by one son, Randy Kisner of Black Oak; four daughters, Patricia Morgan (Roger) of Rineyville, Ky., Deborah Foster (Gary) of Brookland, Terry Sutton (Larry) of Luxora, Tracey Moon (Wade) of Jonesboro; two brothers, Eric Kisner of Arbyrd, Mo., and Charles Kisner of Little Rock; four sisters, Penny Johnson of Jonesboro, Charlotte Marlow of Indianapolis, Ind., Virginia Austin of Little Rock and Imogene Taylor of Atlanta, Ga Mr. Kisner also leaves eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Monday, June 27, at the Black Oak Church of Christ with Mr. Tim Bassing and Mr. Chub Qualls officiating. Burial will follow with full military honors at the Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Pallbearers are Johnny Morgan, Brandon Foster, Adam Foster, Joshua Morgan, Wesley Hawkins, Christopher Hawkins and Ethan Moon.

In lieu of flowers, the family request any memorials be made to the Paragould Children's Home.