Bob attended the Arkansas Agricultural and Mechanical College (University of Arkansas at Monticello), where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education. He later received a Master of Education Degree from Mississippi State University. On June 4, 2008, Bob received a Doctor of Humanities Degree from Temple Baptist Institute of Gulfport, Mississippi.
Bob devoted his entire life to the field of education. He worked thirteen years as a teacher, counselor and vocational director in Greenville, Mississippi. Bob spent twenty-seven years in Monticello, Arkansas at the Occupational Education Center, where he served as director until his retirement in 2000.
Upon his retirement, he received letters of appreciation from the City of Monticello, the State of Arkansas, the United States House of Representatives, and the SEARK School Study Council. Other honors and awards include: Directors Commendation for Exemplary Administration in Vocational Education by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators; Outstanding Administrator of the Year by Arkansas Trade and Industrial Education Association; Outstanding Service as President by the Administration Division, AVA; Union Bank's Drew County Community Service Award in 1991; Drew County Man of the Year in 1997.
Bob served on the Drew Memorial Hospital Board of Directors; the Drew County Fair Board and the Equalization Board.
Bob was a member of Collins Baptist Church, Collins, Arkansas, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent and Deacon.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and cooking. Bob has cooked for hundreds of people in Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as cooking for his family. His great love was hosting parties and preparing the food, whether frying fish, grilling steaks or cooking breakfast on the town square in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Shirley Ann Chester Kizer; his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Cynthia Kizer of Collins; his daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Stephen Crane of Gulfport, Mississippi; his daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Danny Delahoussaye of Lafayette, Louisiana; 3 granddaughters and their spouses, Jackie and Dan Carr, of Gulfport, Mississippi; Jennie and Andrew Tewell of Loxley, Alabama; Julianne and Kurt Daniel of Mobile, Alabama; 3 grandsons, Johnny and Emily Crane of Morgantown, West Virginia; Sadler Delahoussaye of Lafayette, Louisiana; and Kizer Delahoussaye of Lafayette, Louisiana; 15 great grandchildren; 1 brother, Dale Kizer of White Hall, Arkansas; 2 sisters, Gail Kizer of Collins, Arkansas; Mary Jane and Albert Etheridge of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 3 sisters-in-law, Maxine Kizer of Little Rock, Arkansas; Jean Hooks of Halley, Arkansas; Wanda Chester of Benton, Arkansas; brother-in-law, Kenneth Merchant of Cominto, Arkansas; many nieces and nephews; special friends of the family, Dot Hackett of Prescott, Arkansas; Barbara Rayburn of Laurel, Mississippi; and a countless number of friends and acquaintances.
Visitation will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello, Arkansas, on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held at Collins Baptist Church, Collins, Arkansas on Friday, March 3, 2023, at 2:00 PM. Bob will be laid to rest at the Rash Cemetery, Cominto, Arkansas.
The Kizer Family would like to express their thanks to Hospice and The Woods for the outstanding care that was given to our beloved Bob.
Memorials may be sent to Collins Baptist Church, c/o Belinda Fletcher, 4250 Highway35 East, Dermott, Arkansas 71638.
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