Honorable U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge James G. Mixon of Little Rock passed away on Monday, March 10.
Honorable U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge James G. Mixon of Little Rock passed away on Monday, March 10. He was born on Aug. 27, 1941 in Helena. His parents, Sara Holloway Mixon Baker, Alfred Gordon Mixon and James P. “Doc” Baker Jr., preceded him in death.
Jim attended the University of Central Arkansas before graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville in 1968. He served for two years in the Navy. Jim was admitted to the Bar in August 1968 and served one year as a law clerk to the Hon. John Fogelman on the Arkansas Supreme Court. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney from June 1969 until Feb. 1973. Following the advice of Judge Fogleman, he left the U. S. Attorney's office in 1973 and practiced in Bentonville until 1984.
He was appointed a Chapter 7 Panel trustee in 1980 and served until he was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts on March 24, 1984. He served as the court’s chief judge from Feb. 1, 1993 to Dec. 31, 2002. He retired in 2006, though he served as a recall bankruptcy judge and carried a full caseload. His career and enduring legacy on the bench spanned 30 years In Little Rock.
He was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Debtor/Creditor Bar Association, and the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. He was awarded an Ike Scott Fellowship in 2012, of which he was enormously proud.
It is fair to say that everyone loved Jimmy Mixon. He was a thoughtful caring, giving, individual who rarely found fault in anyone. His love for family and travel (especially train travel) is well known by all.
He leaves his loving wife of 15 years, Robbie Hester Mixon; his five children, Cab (Kelly) Craig, Christie (Roger) Gildehaus, Polk (Ginger) Craig, Courtney Payton, Erin (James) Whitt; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gail McCracken and Sara Lee McPhillips of Houston; and a niece, Sara Rhem of Lansing, Mich.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13 f at Roller Chenal Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Helena. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena/West Helena.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Jim's name to St. John's Episcopal Church, 625 Pecan St., Helena/West Helena, AR 72342 or the Arkansas Bar Association, 2224 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 375-4606.
The online guestbook is at: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.