Robert Lynn Mitchum
1945 - 2021
Barker Funeral Home - Salem
857 Highway 62 W
Salem, AR

Robert Lynn Mitchum, 76, of Salem, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at home in Salem, Arkansas. Robert was born Aug. 15, 1945, in Batesville, Arkansas, to the late James J. Mitchum and Geraldine (Sims) Mitchum.

Robert graduated from Batesville High School in 1963 and Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in 1967, where he was student body president. He began working for the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department and taught high school in Sheridan, Arkansas, and Bernie, Missouri. He then went on to work for the White River Housing Authority and Century 21. Robert, then began a reappraisal company, Mitchum, Thompson, and Belon. In the 1980s he began his career with ASU Beebe where he stayed for the next 30 years. He was the chair of the Business and Agriculture Department and helped start the Vet Tech Program.

When Robert retired from ASU, he became the Recorder/Treasurer for the City of Salem. He also wrote for the Areawide Media, covering sports. Sports were his passion, especially watching his daughter Sidney play basketball.

Robert had a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Business at Arkansas College and an MBA at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He was a member of the White River Housing Development, the Batesville Jaycees, and the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Robert was passionate about music, sporting events, his girls and grandson, Trace.

He is survived by his wife, Fran (Welch) Mitchum of the home; his daughters, Casey Mitchum and Sidney Mitchum (Clayton Everett) all of Salem, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Jimmie Ann Mitchum and niece Lynne Mitchum Teague of Batesville; grandson, Trace and honorary grandchildren, Tripp Martin and Ella Martin. He is preceded in death by his parents (James and Geraldine Mitchum) and brother (Jim "Fireball" Mitchum).

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Salem, Arkansas, with Bro. John Hodges and Pastor Ken Anderson officiating. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until time of service on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at the Salem United Methodist Church in Salem, Arkansas. Interment will be in the Salem Cemetery in Salem, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Andy Rhodes, Jeff Welch, Clayton Everett, Justin Welch, Seth Martin, and Logan Welch. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital or the Backpack Program at the Salem United Methodist Church in Salem, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Barker Funeral Home, LLC in Salem, Arkansas. Guests may sign an online registry

Published by Log Cabin Democrat on Nov. 30, 2021.
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Mr. Mitchum was always so kind to me. I am thankful for his support during my time as ASU Beebe, and for his help continuing my education into Graduate School. He wrote a wonderful letter of recommendation at my request, and I will never forget that. Casey, Sidney, Fran, my heart is with you. I wish I could have ran into him one more time at Kroger!
Brad Clay
December 6, 2021
Always the gentleman. Always one of the 'good guys'. He'll be missed by many.
Henny Beel
December 3, 2021
I just saw this and I am so sad! Bob and I go a way back and we share many good times and conversations. He and Fireball were great family friends and I hate I didn´t stay in closer touch later in life. Condolences to all his family!!
Charlie Morris
December 2, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob was always had a positive attitude and so kind.
Penny Rose
December 1, 2021
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