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James Robert “Jim Bob” McCormick, a cherished member of the Crossett community, passed away on September 21, 2023, at the age of 91. He was born on April 28, 1932, and throughout his long and fulfilling life, he left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.
Jim Bob's journey began in Crossett, Arkansas, where he graduated from Crossett High School in 1951. He was deeply committed to his faith and was a devoted member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church of Crossett. His faith was not just a part of his life but a guiding light that shaped his character.
Driven by his passion for education, Jim Bob pursued higher learning at the Arkansas State Teacher's College, now the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where he earned his teaching degree. His thirst for knowledge knew no bounds, as he furthered his education by obtaining a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Jim Bob's career in education was both extensive and influential. He held various roles, including schoolteacher, football and track coach, principal, curriculum coordinator, and Assistant Superintendent, in communities including Dumas, Des Arc, Lonoke, and his beloved hometown of Crossett, where he was also the PA for the Eagles Football games. His dedication to nurturing young minds and shaping the future of countless students left an enduring legacy in the field of education.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Jim Bob was a man of many passions. He was a member of Deal's Deer Camp and the Phi Lambda Chi teacher’s fraternity. He also served as an Alderman for the City of Crossett and was a devoted Gideon.
Jim Bob's zest for life extended to his hobbies and interests. He was an avid sports fan and also enjoyed woodworking, welding, fishing, dancing, and eating seafood. However, Jim Bob's greatest passion was hunting. Whether it was hunting squirrel, duck, turkey, or deer, he found solace and joy in the great outdoors.
Jim Bob was a man who loved people, and his generosity knew no bounds. His intelligence and wide range of knowledge made him a captivating conversationalist on any subject. He had a unique ability to relate to children and was always ready with a joke to bring a smile to their faces.
Above all, Jim Bob cherished his family. Family beach trips and holidays held a special place in his heart which left him with beautiful memories that he held dear. He absolutely adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They lovingly referred to him as "Poppy," and he reveled in pointing out teachable moments in their lives, leaving a lasting impact on each of them.
Jim Bob McCormick's legacy is one of love, faith, education, and an unwavering commitment to family and community. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, and his memory will continue to inspire generations to come.
He is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-one years, Sara Elizabeth Eidson McCormick; his parents, Jack Hugh and Carmen Herrod McCormick; two brothers, Billy Hugh, and Marshall Scott McCormick; and one nephew, Scott McCormick.
He leaves behind his daughter, Carmen Hottinger of Jonesboro, AR; two granddaughters, Heather Elizabeth Moore (Ben) of Lake City, AR, and Savannah Elyse Lasley (Chris) of Jonesboro, AR; along with five great-grandchildren, Anabeth and Piper Hottinger, Lauren, Harley, and Scarlett Moore; and one niece, Stacy Johnson (Gary) of Crossett.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 30th, at the First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main St.
Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m., at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the local Gideon's Camp. Address posted below.
Services entrusted to Medders Funeral Home of Crossett.
Gideons International (Crossett Camp)
PO Box 83, Crossett AR 71635