March/April 2014
In Memoriam: Judge James G. Mixon

The Honorable James G. Mixon, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, died March 10, 2014, at the age of 72, at his home in Little Rock.

James Mixon was born on August 27, 1941, in Helena, Arkansas. He attended the University of Central Arkansas and served two years in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1965 before graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law at Fayetteville in 1968. After receiving his law degree, he served as law clerk to the Hon. John Fogleman of the Arkansas Supreme Court for one year and as Assistant U.S. Attorney under W. H. Dillahunty from 1969 to 1973. He then worked in private practice from 1973 to 1984, in Bentonville, Arkansas, with the firm Little & Lawrence, later Little, Lawrence, McCollum & Mixon. He also served on the Bentonville City Council from 1978 to 1982 and as City Attorney from 1975 to 1977. From 1979 to 1984 he served as Interim Trustee for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.

Judge Mixon was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas on March 24, 1984. He served eight years as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 1993 to 2002. He retired in 2006 but continued to serve as a recall bankruptcy judge carrying a full caseload until his death.

Judge Mixon 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.

He was known for his kind manner and keen legal mind, as well as his love for family and train travel.
He is survived by his wife Robbie Hester Mixon, his five children, four grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. A reception and courtroom dedication honoring Judge Mixon will be held on May 16 in Little Rock’s U.S. Bankruptcy Courthouse.