Michael Wayne Croom
- September 13, 1947 - July 9, 2012
- Russellville, Arkansas
of Michael's Passing
Share This Obituary
Memories & CandlesPrevious
“Dear Mrs. Croom,
Today I received the Tech publication that informed me of Mr. Croom's passing. I just kept reading it over and over trying to...Read More »
1 of 68 | Posted by: John Borengasser - Borden, IN
“Dearest Kandi and Joey, how very saddened I am to learn about Mike. How very proud Raymond Brandon and my dad, Chief Witherspoon, were and are of...Read More »
2 of 68 | Posted by: Jill W. Dean - Ft. Smith, AR
“Mr. Croom had a profound influence on my teaching career. He always had time to help and guide young teachers and would take time out of his own...Read More »
3 of 68 | Posted by: Ed Gay - Fayetteville, AR
“So sorry to hear of Mr. Croom's passing. I will never forget my time in the band at Northeast High School. My boys are starting band this fall, and...Read More »
4 of 68 | Posted by: Pam (Wyatt) Robertson - MO
I was shocked and extremely saddened to learn of Mike's passing. I genuinely admired his abilities and accomplishments. Also, I thoroughly...Read More »
5 of 68 | Posted by: Elvis Grigsby - Little Rock, AR
“Dear Kandi and family,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Mike's death. We were also not aware that you had lost a child and Patrick, as well....Read More »
6 of 68 | Posted by: Ruthie and Alan Holland - AR
“There were so many in our Senior High class at N.L.R. High you did'nt get to know everybody well as we should of. Mike was like most of us, Enjoying...Read More »
8 of 68 | Posted by: Michael Ladon Lucs - Austin, AR
“I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Croom. He had such a great impact on my life and he and Mrs. Croom became reallly good friends after I graduated...Read More »
9 of 68 | Posted by: Tom Nelson - Conway, AR
“Mr. Croom had a tremendous impact on my life, and instilled a strong passion for music within me. The days at NHS band were some of the happiest...Read More »
10 of 68 | Posted by: Kayla Schmaus(Michel)
“Very sorry to hear the news. Mike was always willing to help other directors and share his knowledge. He will be greatly missed.
11 of 68 | Posted by: P. Dan Brittain - Harrison, AR
“I was so sorry to hear of Mr Croom's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have so many fond memories of Mike Croom from my youth through...Read More »
12 of 68 | Posted by: F. Eugene Prohl - Mountain Home, AR
“I was sorry to hear of Mr. Crooms passing my thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
I have always thought of the time under his exposure at...Read More »
13 of 68 | Posted by: Marc Gooden - Loma Linda, CA
“My condolences go out the family. I am band director from Eastern OK and met Mike a few years back. I always enjoyed visiting with him and getting...Read More »
14 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Simmons - Fort Smith, AR
“Mike and I were in high school band together at North Little Rock HS. He was one of the best sax players I have ever heard and was always so much fun...Read More »
15 of 68 | Posted by: Mary English Shinn - Plano, TX
“So sorry for your loss. Mr. Croom was a great man and such an influence on so many lives. Sending prayers.....
16 of 68 | Posted by: Jennifer Townsend - Benton, AR
“Dr. Kandi Croom,
I am terribly sorry for the loss of Mr. Croom! I cried when I heard the sad news. You both have had a HUGE impact on my life and...Read More »
17 of 68 | Posted by: Beth Parks-Jennings - Hot Springs, AR
“Mr. Croom had such a positive influence on my life during my high school years. He made me a better musician and a better person. Prayers to the...Read More »
18 of 68 | Posted by: Scott Bader - Springdale , AR
I am very sorry for about the death of your husband. Bless you!
19 of 68 | Posted by: Glenn Sheets - Hot Springs, AR
I am so sorry for your loss. I know Mr. Croom had to be a wonderful person. You are a wonderful person as well. You will be in my...Read More »
20 of 68 | Posted by: Jennifer Emfinger - Ozark, AR
“Mrs. Croom - you will never know the influence Mr. Croom and you had on my life. From 7th grade flute class at Central Jr. High all the way through...Read More »
21 of 68 | Posted by: Catherine Redinger - AR
“Mrs. Croom, please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your husband. I have read all the memories posted and he must have been a fantastic...Read More »
22 of 68 | Posted by: Nita Benafield Wilson - Lonoke, AR
“I am so glad to have known Mr. Croom. He was always so kind to me. He gave me private lessons at NLR Northeast and believed in me. Kandice, you...Read More »
23 of 68 | Posted by: Cathi Cranston - Little Rock, AR
“Mrs. Croom and Joe, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Croom. I have very fond memories of him. He demanded nothing but the best of his...Read More »
24 of 68 | Posted by: LeighAnn Gooden - Columbus, OH
“Dear Kandi and Joe,
It's so hard to put into a few sort sentences what Mike meant to so many. First and most important, I remember Mike as a man...Read More »
25 of 68 | Posted by: Janet Granderson - Cabot, AR
“Kandis and family,
I was very saddened to hear today of the passing of your beloved husband and father. Death is no stranger to all people; yet...Read More »
26 of 68 | Posted by: Kevin Costley - Russellville, AR
“Dear Mrs. Croom and family,
I was very sorry to hear of Mr. Croom’s passing. I have nothing but fond memories of him, except for the time he...Read More »
27 of 68 | Posted by: Mike Tabor - North Little Rock, AR
“Mr.Croom was a great man. He taught so many the importance and foundation of music. He will be missed so much, by all the lives he had influence on....Read More »
28 of 68 | Posted by: Hope Virden - Student
“Ahh, Mr. Croom. He (along with Kandi) taught me the love, passion, fun and joy of music. I was in his first band at Lakewood and he was my director...Read More »
29 of 68 | Posted by: Cherie Sullivan Felcher - AR
“I am so sorry for your loss, Dr. Croom. I know that Mr. Croom must have been an amazing man, and I wish I had been able to meet him. You and your...Read More »
30 of 68 | Posted by: Andrea George - Russellville, AR
“Kandi and Joey, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Mr. Croom truly enjoyed teaching and conducting. His loss is felt by all his former students
31 of 68 | Posted by: Dorrie Hutchison
“So sad to hear this. What memoires with Mr. Croom. Family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Billy and Stephanie Wagley
32 of 68 | Posted by: Billy Wagley
“Found memoires of the Mike Croom and family. A great person with a love of teaching others what he so passionately loved in the world of music. I...Read More »
33 of 68 | Posted by: Amelia Chudy Vestal - AR
Just wanted to let you know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Know that you are loved!
34 of 68 | Posted by: Shelena Smith - former student
“My thought and prayers go out to the family at this time. Please let us know if there is anything that we could do for you.
As much as I would...Read More »
35 of 68 | Posted by: Martha Thurman - AR - student
“Mr. Croom was a tremendous influence in my life. He was disciplined and tough and even though I didn't like it at times, that is exactly what I...Read More »
36 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Farris Swofford - Fort Smith, AR
“Mr. Croom was such a tremendous influence in my life. His love for music....the pride and discipline that he knew each and every one of us had. We...Read More »
37 of 68 | Posted by: Kathy (Hamby) Hogan - AR
“Mike taught as if all students were young adults and that music was essential to their lives whether they knew it or not. When it came to teaching...Read More »
38 of 68 | Posted by: Julie Huggins Konzelman - AR
“Kandi, I'll thinking of you at this sad moment. I often recall the summer Mike and I roomed together at U of A when he was in grad school. It was...Read More »
39 of 68 | Posted by: David Johnson
Just as you interceded in prayer for me during a difficult time in my life, I am praying for you. Know that you are loved by many,...Read More »
40 of 68 | Posted by: Shannon Rutherford - AR
“Mike was a great guy and a wonderful teacher. The band world has lost a tremendous asset.
41 of 68 | Posted by: Tommy Wazelle - Alma, AR
“Croom is the reason I do what I do today. He also helped teach me to drive in drivers Ed in high school. I'm in Scotland so I won't be able to...Read More »
42 of 68 | Posted by: Louann Grimmett Dooly - AR
“Mike was one of the most RESPECTED professionals in our field that I have ever known. He will certainly be missed but his influence will last forever.
43 of 68 | Posted by: Bob and Dee Sivils - Sallisaw, OK
“Roger remembers starting band with Mike back in junior high. I remember Mike as a teacher at bandcamp and a member of Tech band when I was in high...Read More »
44 of 68 | Posted by: Prissy and Roger Wattam - LA
“I remember being excited about going to Northside, knowing that the band program there was so great and getting to see first-hand through my sister's...Read More »
45 of 68 | Posted by: Melissa Dillenbeck - Greenwood, AR
“All my love and prayers to Mrs. Croom and family, may God Bless you your time of sorrow. My fondest memories in Hight School was when I got to...Read More »
46 of 68 | Posted by: Jackie Franklin - Kansas City, MO
“Kandy, Joe, and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are for comfort, peace and strength for the days ahead. vk6sc
47 of 68 | Posted by: Mike, Jerry and Kelly Evans - AR
“I was a Junior when he first came to Northside and he quickly became my favorite teacher. I am so grateful for his knowledge and guidance during...Read More »
48 of 68 | Posted by: Meredith Riggs Burton - Elgin, SC
“Mr. Croom was my band director in high school at NLR Northeast 1978-1981. I so respected Mr. Croom for his hard work and long hours at a job that...Read More »
49 of 68 | Posted by: Cara Phillippe (Cook) - AR
“Mr Croom always pushed us to be the best we could be in band. He pushed himself as well. I remember one year he gave me flute lessons until a spot...Read More »
50 of 68 | Posted by: Brenda Muckleroy Ramsey - Benton, AR
“I am so sorry to hear about losing Mr. Croom. He was my band director in high school. Band was a bright spot in high school for me. He made band...Read More »
51 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Woodsmall - Sherwood, AR
“So sorry to hear of Mr. Croom's passing. I have many found memories of Mr. and Mrs. Croom. Mrs Croom taught me to play trumpet in 7th grade. Mr Croom...Read More »
52 of 68 | Posted by: Doug Hall - North Little Rock , AR
“Ms. Croom and family,
So sorry to hear about Mr. Croom. I so should have crossed your paths more. My parents live in Russellville. We will be...Read More »
53 of 68 | Posted by: Carolyn Adams Lawrence - Houston, TX
“Mr.Croom was ALWAYS my band director I use to tease him and say he was following me because no matter what school I was in he was my band director....Read More »
54 of 68 | Posted by: Denise Schellinger Richmond - AR
“I have many wonderful memories of Mike Croom; band director, clarinet teacher, fisherman and drinking cohort.
One of the very first memories I ...Read More »
55 of 68 | Posted by: kelly keck - little rock, AR
“Mrs. Croom and family --
We are so sorry to hear of Mr. Croom's passing. Please accept our condolences. Melissa and I met in band in the 1980s...Read More »
56 of 68 | Posted by: Tom and Melissa Spencer - MO
“I will never forget Mr. Croom, he was one of my favorite teachers! What an incredible loss! My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Croom their son...Read More »
57 of 68 | Posted by: Lisa Crittenden - AR
“Kandi and Joe,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. You have always been part of my family, and mean the world to...Read More »
58 of 68 | Posted by: Amy Epperson McCurley - SC
“Mrs. Croom and Joey (sorry... you were a little kid the last time I saw you. Not sure if you're still Joey or not!),
I was so shocked and...Read More »
59 of 68 | Posted by: Chris (Meech) Keene - Atlanta, GA
“Praying for your peace and comfort during this time.
60 of 68 | Posted by: Nancy Moix - Conway, AR
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Let...Read More »
61 of 68 | Posted by: Lori Houghton - Hector, AR
“A great man who taught do much more than music. He taught kids how to work hard and reach high. A true inspiration.
62 of 68 | Posted by: Rick Troutte - Rowlett, TX
“Dear Kandy and Joey, I was so shocked to hear of Mike's death. My heart is truly saddened and I will miss him greatly. I will never forget all that...Read More »
63 of 68 | Posted by: Theresa DuBois - Fort Smith, AR
“We will miss you, our friend of over 45 years. The impact you had on music education will live on in the hearts of the thousands of lives you touched...Read More »
64 of 68 | Posted by: John & Carol Henley - Friends
“I am so sorry to hear of my wonderful band director's passing. We all loved both of you. He was my 6th grade band director at Lakewood Elementary...Read More »
65 of 68 | Posted by: Lisa Allen Evans
“I am so saddened to hear about Mr. Croom's passing. He has always had a special place in my heart and the world is a less joyful place without him. ...Read More »
66 of 68 | Posted by: Barbara (Simerly) Wilson - MA
“TO THE CROOM FAMILY, MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING IN THE BAND AT NORTHEAST FROM 80-82. MR CROOM WAS A...Read More »
67 of 68 | Posted by: ANN PRICE - north littlre rock, AR
“Mrs. Croom and Family:
Please accept my sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers for peace and God's amazing comfort at this time. Mr. Croom...Read More »
68 of 68 | Posted by: Paula Simpson Link - Harvest, AL
Michael Wayne Croom, 64, of Russellville, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. He was born September 13, 1947, at Little Rock, to O. G. and Betty Jo Kimes Croom. He married Kandis Smith of Davenport on June 1, 1968.
Mike 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. Mike 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.
Mike 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.
Mike wrote articles, presented workshops and visited any director who asked. Helping young directors was his passion. He also loved to work with small groups and individual clarinet students. Mike touched many lives. He cared about kids. He cared about advancing the love of music. He cared about the profession. He was a giant in the Arkansas band world and will be missed by so many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jason M. Croom, and a brother, Patrick Croom.
Survivors include his wife, Kandis Croom; a son, Joseph Croom of Russellville; two granddaughters, Zoe, age 8, and Bentleigh, at 6, of Little Rock; and his parents-in-law, Marvin L. and Dawn Smith of Davenport.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Shinn Chapel, officiated by Dr. Tim Carter and Mr. Mark Gotcher. Private burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock, by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Northside High School Band Parents Association, 2301 North B Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.