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Obituary: Robert Chism

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Robert Chism, age 59, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in Little Rock. He was born on March 10, 1963, in Nashville to the late Bobby Chism and Betty Sue Latimer Tollett.

Robert was a member of the Cross Point Cowboy Church. He wore many hats. He was the Utility Director for the City of Magnolia and also owned and managed RC Systems Operations. He served several terms on the Nashville School Board and when asked he volunteered to fill a vacated seat on the Nashville City Council.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting. As years went by, his passion became team roping. He enjoyed working with his horses and cattle and was very passionate about working on the farm and building the Taymon Lane Arena. While roping, he could often be heard saying something like “My body won’t do what my mind tells it to” or “Thirty years ago, I never missed.”

Robert was the true epitome of a man, husband and father. His love and faith for the Lord shone through his testimony. He was truly thankful to be alive after an episode with his heart in 2006. He never met a stranger. He was patient, loving, loyal, kind and wise. He loved life. Above all, he loved his family and his wife. When his children were growing up, Robert never missed his children’s cheer competitions, softball games baseball games, football games or horse shows.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Chism and stepfather J.E. Tollett.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 33½ years, Tina Gardner Chism; his mother, Betty Tollett; his two daughters, Taylor Lee Miller and Montana Rose Harper and husband Jason; his son, Lane Chism; his brother, David Hicks and wife Kristi; his sister Melinda Westfall, and husband Ray; three grandchildren, Emma Lee, William Cruz and Chism Wales; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2022, at the Cross Point Cowboy Church near Nashville.

Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2022, at the Cross Point Cowboy Church with Bro. Don Jones officiating. Services are under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Robert’s memory in lieu of flowers, you may donate to the Cross Point Cowboy Church Arena, P.O. Box 1675, Nashville, AR 71852.

You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

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