P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Robert Wayne Kizer
February 24, 1938 - February 26, 2023

Robert Wayne Kizer

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Robert Wayne (Bob) Kizer, age 85, went to heaven Sunday morning, February 26, 2023. He was born February 24, 1938, in Cominto, Arkansas. He married his sweetheart, Shirley Ann Chester Kizer on March 11, 1960.

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.

Visit www.stephensondearman.com to sign Mr. Bob's guestbook page.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Friday, March 3, 2023
at 2:00 p.m.
Collins Baptist Church
Hwy. 35 East
Dermott, AR  71638
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Rash Cemetery
Highway 35 East
Monticello, AR  71655
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Memorial Contributions
Collins Baptist Church
c/o Belinda Fletcher; 4250 Hwy. 35 East
Dermott, AR  71638


  1. Cindy McKinstry
    So sorry for your loss of Mr. Bob. He was a great man & always willing to help out any way he could. My thoughts & prayers are with you Mrs. Shirley, Bruce, Valarie, Karen & rest of the family at this time.
  2. Lydia Lowery
    So sorry to here of Bobs passing. Prayers to the family.
  3. Lydia Lowery
    Loved Bob when we moved to Collins. He was a fresh of breath air. He was a great cook. We will miss him. Prayers to the family.
  4. Jonathan Tarr
    From Candi, Jon Paul, Makenzie, and myself We wish the most prayer, condolences, and heart felt sympathy to the Kaisers and Cranes and their extended families and loved ones. Brother Bob was one of the most gentle and genuine men that I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. He will be greatly missed. He will be greatly missed, but Heaven just gained the best cook for the marriage supper.
  5. Randy and Gina Adamson
    Loved that man like he was our Pawpaw! Best steak griller I’ve ever met. Much love to Mrs Shirley too.
  6. Gary Goggans
    Praying for the family during this time of loss. Bro. Bob will certainly be missed.
  7. Vernon Barnett
    You will be missed Mr. Bob Kizer!
  8. Keith and Lana Strickland
    Shirley, Bruce, Valerie and Karen,
    I am so very sad to hear about Uncle Bob’s death. He will be missed enormously. Even so, I am rejoicing that he is whole and enjoying a new eternal home. I can only imagine the homecoming when Uncle Bob and Daddy were reunited! Hallelujah!

    Uncle Bob was such a loving, self-less, generous man. A Godly example for us all. Our earthly loss is heaven’s treasure!

    Keith and I are out of the country and will not be able to celebrate Uncle Bob’s homecoming but be assured thoughts, prayers and rejoicing are with all of you. Love, Lana and Keith Strickland
  9. Robert Burns
    My condolences to Shirley, Bruce, Valerie, and the rest of Bob's family. I have never known anyone who enjoyed life, family and friends more than Bob did. His smile, laugh, and love of a good joke will be remembered always.
  10. John Ogles
    RIP Mr. Kizer. You set the standard for being a gentleman. Some of my earliest memories include you and your family in them. Prayers for the family and we are all blessed to have known Bob Kizer.
  11. Cliff Gibson
    Bob had an infectious smile on his face always, and was the epitome of a man devoted to serving his fellow man. Our world will be a much poorer place without him, but heaven will be much improved. My wife Lisa and I extend our condolence to Bob's family.
  12. Maurion Jordan
    My deepest condolences, Karen. We will keep you and you family in our prayers.
  13. Denitia Bird
    Dear Mrs. Shirley, Bruce, Valerie and Karen. I am so sorry to hear about Brother Bob. We loved him and your family so much! We have so many wonderful memories of being together with all of you. He will be missed by so many. I know that my Momma and Daddy are rejoicing with him in heaven! We love you and will be praying 🙏
  15. India Nixon Holt
    Dear Kizer family, I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen Mr. Kizer in many years but have nothing but happy memories of him. He was always giving and wanting to do more for others! I pray the love he gave you and all the memories will carry you through this hard time.

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