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Robert Eugene "Bob" Hallum, 76

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MURFREESBORO -- A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Friday, August 14 at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home, 820 S. College Street, for Mr. Hallum, 76, a Wilson County native.

A US Navy aviator and one of the first certified financial planners in the country, Mr. Hallum died Aug. 7, 2009 of cancer at his Murfreesboro residence.

Born March 21, 1933 in Lebanon, he graduated from Lebanon High School. A gifted football player, he attended the University of Kentucky, playing football under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. After a four-year stint in the Air Force that included playing football in military leagues in Bermuda and England, Mr. Hallum returned to the U.S., and entered Middle Tennessee State University.

He was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Blue Raiders before graduating in 1959. He entered the U.S. Navy after graduation, spending eight years as a Naval Aviator.

After completing his service in the Navy, he moved his family to Atlanta and started his business career, earning his Certified Life Underwriter designation and working as a pension consultant with Travelers Life Insurance Co. and Investor Diversified Services, Inc.

Mr. Hallum became one of the first Certified Financial Planners in the U.S. in 1972 and formed Hallum & McGovern, Inc. one of the first-fee based financial planning firms in the country, serving clients all over the U.S. After retiring, he moved to back to Tennessee. He came out of retirement and finished his career working in real estate development in Murfreesboro.

Visitation with the family will be from 2-4 p.m. Friday at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home.

Survivors include: his mother Cassie Hallum of Lebanon, his wife of 31 years Betty Osteen Hallum of Murfreesboro, and children Cheryl (Dan) Hart of Conyers, GA, Kimberly (Daniel) Rascoe of Woodstock, GA and Mike (Cynthia) Hallum of the Wheel Community in Bedford County.

Also surviving are siblings: Rachel (Charlie) Edwards Raymond (Julia) Hallum -- all of Lebanon, Joe (Chris) Hallum of Brentwood and Charles (Edna) Hallum of Huntsville; grandchildren Danielle (Josh) Barnes of Conyers GA, Ensign Charlie Hallum of Corpus Christi, TX, Midshipman Bobby Hallum of Annapolis, MD, Kate and Olivia Rascoe of Woodstock, GA and Bill and Sarah Beth Hallum of Wheel.

He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Hallum of Lebanon.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to MTSU Blue Raider Athletic Association in memoriam to Robert E. "Bob" Hallum, P.O. Box 109, Murfreesboro, 37132.

Jennings & Ayers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 615-893-2422.

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