Michael Wayne Croom, 64, of Russellville, died Monday, July 9, 2012. He was born September 13, 1947, at Little Rock, to O. G. and Betty Jo Kimes Croom.

He served as a band director in Arkansas schools for 43 years. A graduate of Arkansas Tech University in 1969 (a student of Gene Witherspoon), and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Arkansas (a student of Eldon Janzen), he started his music teaching career in North Little Rock with J. Raymond Brandon. He started the band program at Lakewood Junior High. He also started the marching band program at Northeast High School, when he moved to direct the Northeast High School Band.

He received many awards, recognitions and superior ratings throughout his career, but one award he was most proud of was the Arkansas Omicrom Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, awarded by his peers. He taught in North Little Rock Schools, Northside High School, Fort Smith Schools, Russellville Schools, many area schools and served as an adjunct for Arkansas Tech University during his career.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jason M. Croom, and brother, Patrick Croom.

Survivors include wife Kandis Croom; son, Joseph Croom of Russellville; two granddaughters; and his parents-in-law, Marvin L. and Dawn Smith of Davenport.

A funeral was held Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Shinn Chapel officiated by Dr. Tim Carter and Mr. Mark Gotcher. Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock.

The family requests memorials be made to the Northside High School Band Parents Association, 2301 North B Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

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