Robert Douglas "Bob" Cheyne
March 23, 1927 - March 15, 2014
Bentonville, Arkansas
Robert Douglas (Bob) Cheyne, 86, of Bentonville, Arkansas, passed away peacefully surrounded
by family from complications from pneumonia on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in the palliative care
unit at the Fayetteville Veteran’s Medical Center.  
Bob was born March 23, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan to James Garrick and Dorothy Stanley
Cheyne.  Both of his parents were captains in the Salvation Army and later, officers with the USO
Clubs in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Anniston, Alabama; and Little Rock, Arkansas. The fourth of
seven children (an eighth brother died shortly after birth), Bob and his family moved to Chicago
soon after he was born and resided there until 1942.  As a high school student, his family moved
to Little Rock where his parents began a 17 year career as USO directors.  Bob attended Little
Rock Central High School. He met the love of his life, Jennie Wiseman, who attended rival North
Little Rock High at a USO function.  After graduating and joining the Navy in 1944, he and Jennie
married on June 16, 1945.  They shared 60 years together before Jennie left this earthly home for
her home in heaven on August 28, 2005.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II, where he served as an
aviation radioman, he and Jennie lived in Anniston, Alabama for a short time.  Soon after the birth
of their first child in 1946, Bob was admitted to the University of Arkansas to pursue degrees in
journalism and history-the two areas of interest that he truly loved.  He and Jennie and their 5
month-old daughter settled in Fayetteville in 1947 where their two sons were born.  While
attending the university, Bob served as sports editor for the Northwest Arkansas Times covering
Fayetteville High School and Razorback events.  In June of 1948, he became the U of A’s first
Sports Information Director (titled Publicity Director at the time). He served in that position for 22
years.
During his tenure with the Razorback Athletic Department, Bob laid the groundwork for those
who followed him in later years.  He compiled the first complete record of all lettermen, scores
and individual records dating back to 1894 (on the 60th anniversary of Razorback football, he
located the three surviving members of that 1894 team and had them honored at the Homecoming
game). With information gathered, he published 113 Razorback brochures over a 22 year period
and was awarded National Collegiate Media Guide for eight years.  While covering nearly 900
Razorback sporting events, Bob served with an array of athletic department leaders including John
Barnhill, Otis Douglas, Bowden Wyatt, Jack Mitchell, and Frank Broyles.  In 1950 Bob and his
wife, Jennie, traveled to radio stations all over the state to begin setting up what became known as
the University of Arkansas Radio Sports Network. This eventually grew to over 107 stations in
seven states by the 1964 football championship.  After serving for 11 years with the title of
director and broadcast-analyst, he became the first play-by-play “Voice of the Razorbacks” in
both football and basketball.  He was named Arkansas Sportscaster of the year six years by the
National Association of Sportscasters.  Bob also served for 18 years as director of the U of A
annual Track Relays.  In the 1950’s he initiated the first celebration of “Dad’s Day” during the
Razorback football season.  In 1954, he helped to found the College Sports Information
Association and was a member of its first executive committee as well as serving as chairman of
the NCAA Public Relations Committee.  Bob’s favorite memoires of his years with the Razorbacks
were all of the athletes who touched his life.  They all had a special place in his heart and it was no
secret that he could quote from memory each of their uniform numbers and individual player
stats.  He was so honored when these special players from his past elected him to their Razorback
Hall of Honor- it was his proudest Razorback memory.
Bob and Jennie moved to Bentonville in 1969 where for 15 years he worked with Cooper
Communities as director of advertising and public relations.  He edited publications for Bella Vista
Village, Cherokee Village and Hot Springs Village.  He also directed the National Football Coaches
Golf Tournaments.  In 1977, he and John Cooper, Jr. established the Cheyne/ Cooper &
Associates advertising agency.  In 1985, at the invitation of longtime friend Sam Walton, Bob
became the first corporate marketing director for the newly developed Sam’s Club division of Wal-
Mart. He became vice-president of marketing in 1987.  After retiring in 1997, he was invited to
radio station KBVA-FM (106.5) as a senior account executive.  This was a position he loved
because of the people he worked with and the many wonderful clients he became acquainted with
over the years.  He again retired in December of 2012.
Bob was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bentonville where he taught a Sunday
school class and sang in the choir for many years.  He truly loved both of these services and
treasured the friendships that he and Jennie shared with so many wonderful friends.  He was
honored to serve his church as a Lay Delegate to General Conference as well as a Lay leader for
the state of Arkansas.  At the community level, he served as president of Fayetteville Lions Club
and was a District Governor as well as a Lions International Counselor.  During his years in
Bentonville, Bob served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Benton County Razorback Club,
and broadcasted Bentonville High School football.  He was honored with the Arthur “Rabbit”
Dickerson award for community service.  He also served on the Board of Trustees of Northwest
Arkansas Community College and was appointed to two terms on the Arkansas Higher Education
Coordinating Board.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife Jennie; his parents; two brothers, Don of Jacksonville,
Alabama and Jim, Jr. of Ft. Smith, Arkansas and two sisters, Dorothy (Mrs. Jim) Wilkins of Little
Rock, Arkansas and Edith (Mrs. Don) Ficken of Fort Morgan, Colorado.
He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Deweese, and husband, Tommy of Fayetteville, Arkansas;
sons, Robert Cheyne, Jr. and wife, Sharon, of New Market, Alabama, Gary Cheyne and wife,
Rhonda, of Kernersville, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, Lindsay Williams (Kendall) of
Fayetteville, Hunter Deweese (Leanne) of Fayetteville, Mandy Lewis (Josh) of Kernersville,
Stephanie Morris (Dave) of Winston-Salam, North Carolina, Amy Preddy (Randall), of
Kernersville, Bobby Cheyne III (Andrea) of Owens Crossroads, Alabama and Scott Cheyne
(Ashley) of New Market, Alabama.  He is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren,  Ginny,
Sydney and Kinley Williams of Fayetteville, Holden and John Grady Deweese also of Fayetteville,
Kaylin and Jaxon Lewis and Dylan Preddy of Kernersville, Bryson Morris of Winson-Salem,
Reece and Trent Cheyne of Owens Crossroads and Bentley Cheyne of New Market; two brothers,
Rev. Bill Cheyne (Earline) of Van Buren, Arkansas and the Rev. Dr. John Cheyne (Marie) of
Richmond, Virginia and brother-in-law, Don Ficken of Evans, Colorado. The rest of the
Cheyne/Wiseman family includes numerous nieces and nephews who share so many treasured
memories.  
Also left to treasure memories are friends and caregivers who not only meant so much to Bob, but
to his entire family.  A special thank you from the family goes to Florence “Mickey” Moore , her
son-in-law Jody Hunt, and their whole family in Farmington who have cared for Daddy the last
months of his life.  Thanks as well to the staff of the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville and
especially to those in the Palliative Care Unit for their loving care of our Dad (Papaw) during his
final journey in life.
A visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00PM, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Stockdale-Moody
Funeral Services in Rogers.
A celebration of his life will be at 1:00PM, Thursday, March 20, 2014 at First United Methodist
Church in Bentonville with the Rev. Rex Dickey and the Rev. Bill Cheyne officiating.  Private
burial will be in Bentonville Cemetery.  
The family request that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 201 NW 2nd
Street, Bentonville, AR 72712 for the maintenance of the Jennie Cheyne Memorial Garden.

CONDOLENCES

I want to express my gratitude for having known Bob. I would see him attending services a First
United Methodist Church. He was a fine gentleman who always remembered my name and
greeted me with warmth. He made me feel special. My prayers are with your family at this time of
loss. Brenda Meyer



Kathy and Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was quite a guy. Lucky that you had your
Dad for  86 years. My Mom also passed away Saturday at her home at age 82. I was not ready
for this. My prayers are with you and your families. Pam Stiles Delaney

As a basketball player in the 60's at Arkansas I came to know and love Bob.  He was not only a
great announcer and SID but he truly cared about the individuals.  And boy did he have a memory!

30 years after I left the U of A, I was sitting in my office in Danbury, CT where I worked for a
company that a number of products sold to Sam's Club.  One morning  our sales manager came
to my office and said “There's an executive from Sam's Club here.” Would you come down to the
conference room and meet him.  “I said sure”  I walked in the room and there sat Bob, who
jumped up and shouted “Tommy Rowland, number 12!” Again, this was after 30 years with no
contact.

Bob was a wonderful man and I will remember him always.
Tom Rowland


Bob has been a friend since we were at the U of A in the late 50's. He would always greet me with
my football # and I was always amazed. He was a wonderful gentleman and friend.  Our prayers
will be with you.
Billy & Peggy Kyser


To “Bobby” Cheyne Jr. and family: Memories of the “voice” growing up and of the high school
football days at Fayetteville High. So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and
prayers are with you and your family. Jamie Jones

I met your Dad & Mom at Hidden Springs Dialysis where your Mom received treatment along
with my husband. We became friends and enjoyed their company. Your Dad even did a wonderful
thing for me when my husband died by going to his service and video taping the service for me as
I couldn't attend it. I blessed him every day for doing such a generous thing for me. Know that he
will be missed by all of us caregivers who sat in the waiting room with him. He was a gem of a
person!!  Avalee Fukar


Cathy, I was sorry to hear about your dad.  It was my pleasure to meet Bob when I enrolled at the
U of A in 1962.  From then until 1967 I was the manager of the U of A basketball team.  Had
many great basketball trips with Bob, Coach Rose and the players.  The one trip that I will never
forget was a trip to Texas A&M.  Bob had set up to interview someone at half time of the
game. The person cancelled out so Bob asked me to come up to the broadcast table at half and he
would interview me.  The next day my dad called and said their friends and my friends had been
calling after the game and all that day about me being on the radio.  I would joke with Bob that he
had made me a  North Little Rock celebrity.  After I graduated I moved out of state for a while
before moving back home to North Little Rock.  During that time I lost contact with Bob.  In
2002 my wife and I moved to Bella Vista.  Shortly after that we were at a hog basketball game and
ran into B!
ob.  The first thing he said to me was Jack Plummer, the NLR celebrity.  We had a good laugh at
that.  Continued to see him at some of the games and visited with him.  I always had the greatest
respect for Bob.  He will be missed.

God bless you and all of the Cheyne family.  Jack Plummer


To & Bobby& Cheyne Jr. and family: Memories of the & voice & growing up and of the high
school football days at Fayetteville High. So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My
thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jamie Jones
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