Robert Lowell Casey, age 83, of Russellville, died September 19, 2016 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center. He was born May 2, 1933 in Brownsville, Texas to Columbus Gilbert and Florence Shoptaw Casey. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers J.T. and Paul Gilbert Casey.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Denton Casey of Russellville; sons Michael Robert Casey and his wife, Lisa of Springfield, Missouri, and Patrick Franklin Casey and his wife, Elisabeth Ramirez of Newberry, South Carolina; nephew John Thomas Casey of Jacksonville, Florida; niece Patty Casey Northup of Pensacola, Florida; and grandchildren Jonathan Michael Casey, Daniel Patrick Franklin Casey, and Anna Elizabeth Casey.
Robert graduated from Russellville High School in 1950. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Arkansas Polytechnic College, his Master of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, and his Doctor of Education degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
He held teaching positions as band director in the Danville, Hazen, DeQueen, Crossett, and St. Charles (Missouri) Public Schools. After completing his doctoral work, he returned to his Alma Mater, Arkansas Tech, as Assistant Director of Bands and Instructor of Music Theory. After the death of his long-time friend and mentor, Gene Witherspoon, he became Music Department Head, a position he would hold for 18 years until his retirement in 1998. He was named Professor of Music Emeritus in 2002.
As a music educator, Robert participated in many professional organizations, including the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Arkansas Music Education Association, Four States Bandmasters Association, Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Beta Mu National Band Fraternity, as well as professional and service music fraternities Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi.
From 1948 through 1958 he served in the Arkansas National Guard.
Robert was a member of First United Methodist Church in Russellville, where he was a proud member of both the FUMC Chancel Choir and Lois Griffin Friendship Class.
In retirement, with Frankie, his devoted wife of 63 years, he enjoyed entertaining, traveling, fishing, and woodworking. Most of all he loved the communion of his many friends, former students, colleagues, and relatives. His long reach of fellowship will be missed by all who knew him.
Visitation at Humphrey Funeral Home will be Friday, September 23, from 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM. After a private burial at Booher Cemetery, an informal reception will be held at First United Methodist Church at 10:15am on Saturday, September 24, followed by a Celebration of Robert's life at 11am. Pallbearers are Patrick Casey, Michael Casey, Jonathan Casey, Daniel Casey, Paul Denton, Steve Northup.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert L. and Frankie D. Casey Guest Artist Series, Arkansas Tech University Foundation, 8820 Tech Lane, Russellville, AR 72801, or through the website at www.atu.edu/givetotech. Internet obituary and online guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
SEP 23. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2801 West Main Street
Russellville, AR, US, 72801
SEP 24. 11:00 AM
First United Methodist Church
304 S. Commerce
Russellville, AR, US