Robert Lee Smith
  • 63 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 20, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    Darlington, South Carolina, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 15, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Decatur, Georgia, United States
Read Romans 12. Then read it again.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Robert Lee Smith, 63, born on February 20, 1949 and passed away on March 15, 2012. We will remember him forever as a man of God who was steadfast in his dedication to his wife, family and church.  Robert or "Bob" as he is affectionate known will be forever missed and never forgotten.  Please feel free to post your thoughts and feelings on this website.

Memorial Scholarship 

The family also welcomes well-wishers to make a contribution to the recently established Robert L. Smith Memorial Scholarship at South Carolina State University (SCSU).   The scholarship will benefit students graduating from Bob's hometown High School in Darlington, S.C. (Mayo High) who are due to attend SCSU each Fall. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be directed to:

South Carolina State University Foundation
c/o The Robert L. Smith Memorial Scholarship
300 College Street, NE
PO Box 7305
Orangeburg, SC  29117

Thank you all for your tremendous love and kindness during this time of bereavement.  God Bless you and yours.

The Smith Family 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jesse & Gloria Webb on 20th February 2017

"Happy 68th Birthday Bob!. We miss your jokes and smile. We think of you often."

This tribute was added by Marvis Johnson on 15th March 2016

"When I learned of Mr Smith's death I cried like a baby!  I could not believe such a friendly, pleasant person could have have been taken from us...what a GREATT guy!


This tribute was added by Aidoo Osei on 15th March 2016

"To the best Father-in-law ever...not a week goes by that I don't think about something I learned from watching you.  Miss your laugh the most.  Gone but definitely not forgotten.  Rest in paradise."

This tribute was added by Scott Blair on 22nd February 2016

"Judy & Family

I know that Bob lives in your hearts daily.  His ready smile and quick wit will always be remembered.  He never turned down an opportunity to serve his church family or his earthly family.  Love you guys and take care."

This tribute was added by Ronnie Kendrick on 20th February 2016

"Judy........Robert will always be in my heart. As you know,  I worked with Robert and learned a valuable part of the insurance business from him. He was a true champion of life and will always be missed."

This tribute was added by Delia Prescod on 20th February 2016

"To the Smith Family.  Our Brother in Christ, Robert L. Smith has left an  indelible impression on me that it lead unto my maturing in my walk of faith and the willingness to serve others.  He is gone but not forgotten.  We need more of him to carry on God's work.  Delia Prescod."

This tribute was added by Jesse & Gloria Webb on 20th February 2015

"Happy 66  Bob,
We still miss the smiles, jokes and laughter that you provided. We think of you often. We  know that you are no longer in pain and for that we are grateful. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Jesse & Gloria Webb on 21st February 2014

"Happy Birthday, Bob.
I am a day late, but had conversation  with Judy yesterday about you. We talked about all your jokes, and your grandchildren and how they thought you were the greatest granddad. Jesse and I think about you often and miss your fun fill ways.   We keep Judy and family in prayer. We will never forget you!"

This tribute was added by Jenetta Cooper-Benton on 20th February 2014

"Brother Bob, next month on the 15th will be two years you left this earth. Still laughing at all the silly things you use to say. We all had a blast traveling and singing together as a group. Happy 65th birthday to you. Gone; but, not forgotten. Hang in there Judy. Luv u!"

This tribute was added by Tesan Ubekwenisha on 20th May 2013

"Still recalling your contributions after one years time!  Its not that you quickly think you'll lose someone you're fortunate to work with--although we know life isn't promised to us.

Robert you're gone but not forgotten."

This tribute was added by James Webb on 15th March 2013

"To the Smith Family, I still have fond memories of my Deacon Brother, Bob Smith!  His Leadership will always be remembered and never forgotten.  May God continue to bless you, as I know He will!"

This tribute was added by Jenetta Cooper-Benton on 15th March 2013

"Wow! A year already! Time sure does fly. Judy and family, although Bob has passed on a year-ago today, he is still alive in all of our hearts. May the Lord comfort you all on this day! Bob, sleep on in the LORD! Memories always....Jenetta and Dorothy Cooper"

This tribute was added by lavarn powers on 13th March 2013

"Judy I noticed that the memorial of Robert is coming up soon.  Today is Wednesday the 13th and I wanted to let you know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.  We miss Robert very much also, and you are thought of all the time.  Freddie & I love you very much and we are always here for you.  You'll are in our prayers and thoughts."

This tribute was added by Renda Gray on 21st February 2013

"I remember when I first came to Hillcrest.  He told me that Lavarn and Freddie told him to watch out for me.  AND HE DID!!!! Even while he was fighting his battles, he was fighting for me!  He will be "FOREVER MISSED!"  Love always to Judy, Clifton, and the family."

This tribute was added by lavarn powers on 20th February 2013

"We were friends for years and had fun together, traveled together.  These are things Freddie and I will never forget our relationship in Christ and personal.  We have great love for Robert and miss him so very much.  Judy just remember we are always here for you we love you and your family and want to see you soon.  Robert will always be in our heart as a good friend and co-worker.  Love."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Perry on 20th February 2013

"Dear Family,
Today, I join you in wishing Bob a Happy Birthday on high.  I miss Bob and that "Bob" personality.  He certainly left his mark on Hillcrest. Though we press on without him, we certainly remember his contribution to our lives and his wonderful spirit. I wish you all blessings from God. I love you."

This tribute was added by Jesse & Gloria Webb on 20th February 2013

"Happy Birthday Bob!
We miss your smile and your jokes.  We think of you often and know that you a in good company with Don, Mary Johnson, and Imogene. We think of you when  we leave church, but Judy has taken your place asking me where I am going/? She is storng and we love her. In love, Jesse & Gloria"

This tribute was added by Marilyn Perry on 27th March 2012

"Judith, Kelvin, Jaquetta, Clifton, Desiree, Aidoo, and grandchilden,
Donald and I send words of encouragement as you make necessary adjustments during this time of grief.  We loved Bob and miss him so much.  Hillcrest was personified by members like Bob.  I cannot remember seeing him there in a bad mood or with a frown on his face. We love you."

This tribute was added by mary davis on 26th March 2012

"Judy & family
Just want you to know how much i love you and your family,You have my deepest sympathy, and always know that i will be there for you and
your family.LOVE U  GIRL                                          Mary E Davis"

This tribute was added by Dee Webb on 22nd March 2012

"I hope that the faith that has guided you in so many difficult times will strengthen you as you mourn the loss of your husband. He was a good man and a servant of God in all that he did.

Our faith teaches us that those that mourn are blessed. I know that is true and that you will receive the special blessings that you so richly deserve.

Please know that I will be praying for you and the children"

This tribute was added by Jo-Ann Rogers on 21st March 2012

"Judy and Family. know that you are in my prayers.Just keep you eyes unto the hills from whence cometh your help. No other help I know but Jesus.May God Bless You. Jo-Ann and Leroy"

This tribute was added by brianna underwood on 21st March 2012

"I am a student of Mr.Kelvin Smith and I hope that you are OK even though I haven't met your daddy sounds like he was a very good man my prayers goes out to you and your family:'("

This tribute was added by Jay Blair on 20th March 2012

"I have so many fond memories of Mr. Smith growing up at Hillcrest.  When we were at Church we were all his kids and he made sure we did what was right.  I can't remember a time being around him when he wasn't smiling and/or laughing.  Mrs. Smith, Kelvin, Jacquetts and Clifton you are in my prayers.  In Him, Jay"

This tribute was added by Belinda Corbin on 20th March 2012

"Judith,  I know that God has you in the palm of His hand and He will hold and keep you so rest in HIm.  To the Smith family my prayers are with you take joy in knowing God will see you through this.

Let the Peace of God Be Your Strength."

This tribute was added by CAROL PUCCIANO on 19th March 2012

"Judith and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.  He will be in your heart forever.  Love Carol"

This tribute was added by Renda Gray on 19th March 2012

"Dearest Judy, Clifton and All of the Smith Family,  Words cannot express how much I will miss Bob.  From the first time I stepped foot in the congregation at Hillcrest, he has been there for me.  Judy, I thank you for sharing him with me.  When you both came here in January, instead of me encouraging the both of you, you encouraged me. Especially Bob. I love you all!  Be blessed!"

This tribute was added by sarah robinson on 19th March 2012

"To Judy and the entire Smith family.  I know Bob was an amazing husband and father.  Just remembering the statement Clifton made, saying "when he is married he will love his wife, just as his father loves his mother".  That alone let's me know how much he loved  you, his family and his church family.  We will miss him always.  Much Love, Sarah"

This tribute was added by cynthia harris on 19th March 2012

"to the Smith Family - My prayers are with you -Just continue to Hold to God's Unchanging Hand and He will not leave. Mr Robert has gotten a new home address , and there he is able to keep an eye on you all with the absence of hurt and pain/and doctor visits - from the pictures i have viewed your memories should be great hold them in your heart and look back and smile* God cares for us all"

This tribute was added by Vickie Neal on 19th March 2012

"Judith I have never met a person who always had kind words and a smile on their face.  Judith my prayers are with you"

This tribute was added by David Jernigan on 19th March 2012

"Kelvin -
I am so sorry for your loss.  Your father clearly impacted your life in immeasurable ways, and there is no doubt that he was proud of the man you became.  May you cherish the many fond times you shared with your father and take comfort in knowing that your KIPP Team & Family is here to support you.  Please send our love to the family."

This tribute was added by Martha Caldwell on 19th March 2012

"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Kelvin, Remember this verse always and it will get you through anything. I am sorry for the lost of your father.  But seems like he was prepared for his heavenly father"

This tribute was added by Robert Branscomb on 18th March 2012

"Hi Judy:
Suesan and I are so sorry to learn of Robert's passing..know you and family are in our hearts and prayers..
Much love..
Robert & Suesan Branscomb
Lacey WA
PS: I can still hear Robert calling me "Smokey"..:)"

This tribute was added by Ronnie Kendrick on 18th March 2012

"Judy, You and your family are in my prayers.
Know that your brothers and sisters in Christ are here for you.

"The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace."

This tribute was added by Rena Oliver (Jones) on 18th March 2012

"In the beginning, he was the scary man that would tell me to come back after dinner.  Later, he was a man that I could count on to be consistent and supportive.  I think of him when I think of what a real father should be. I think of your family life when I think about what a happy and loving family should be. You all were blessed to have a father and husband by the name of Robert Lee Smith."

This tribute was added by Barbara Franklin on 18th March 2012

We are so sorry to hear the lost of your brother. We know that he was very special to you. Please remember that you and your family are in our prayers.
Blessings-Cain Elementary School Staff & Faculty"

This tribute was added by charles watters on 17th March 2012

"Judy, kelvin, jacquetta, and clifton it is with heavy hearts and an overwhelming sense of sadness that we try to express our sympathy.Smitty was a wonderful friend and unique human.We truly loved him so much. We know that the Lord has called one of his Angels home.So many memories. Charles, Linda and Derrick Rashad"

This tribute was added by Ro Wilson on 17th March 2012

"Judy, I am so sorry for your loss!  I am praying that God will be with you during this time.  Please know that your church family is here for you now and always.  And we know we WILL see him again!

Love you much!!"

This tribute was added by Tatricia Gillis on 17th March 2012

"We love you Bob and Judy Smith and family. May you find peace in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. No more pain, no more crying, only happiness and rejoicing awaits. May you continue to stay faithful in the Lord and know that you will see Bob again but until then may his peace be with you til we meet again at those pearly gates. God speed and much love"

This tribute was added by Nelldra Allen on 17th March 2012

"Sister Judy, Clifton and Family.  We express our deepest condolences at this time of your loss.  We pray that the Holy Spirit will comfort you in your time of grief, and allow you to know that we WILL see Brother Bob on the other side of glory. The world has lost a great man this year and many people will miss him.  
Love the Allens"

This tribute was added by Jesse & Gloria Webb on 17th March 2012

"Judy and family,
You have been in our thoughts and prayers throughout this situation. You have our deepest sympathy and support. God has smiled on Bob and set him free.  We witnessed  his Christian walk. We will miss him terribly, but will always remember  his jokes and smile and keep him in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Annie Thomas on 17th March 2012

"How can I put over 20 years of memories in so short a space. I don't believe I've ever seen him frown. All of my memories are about jokes, laughter, kindness, love, and the brotherhood that he always was surrounded by. Never a stranger!! I'll miss his presence here on earth. Stay strong my sister and family. Love you guys!!"

This tribute was added by Andrew Braxter on 17th March 2012

"My first meeting Brother Bob was on the Southlake golf course on a Sunday afternoon. For some reason he insisted on calling me Anthony. I will certainly miss his encouragement and friendly smile after every message. His memory will continue on in my heart. Family, you are in my prayers. May the spirit of comfort dry your eyes during this time.                  Andrew M. Braxter"

This tribute was added by Kevakae Johnson on 17th March 2012

"Mama Judy and family, words alone can not express what you all mean to me and my girls..Kay has always called him her ”other”  grandfather, him asking ”where are our big headed grandbabies to the thumps on the forehead... it saddens me he will truly be missed but I know he's in a better place.. Love you always...                               .................Kevakae Kaytreona and Kassidy"

This tribute was added by Angela Amerson on 17th March 2012

"Aidoo and Jacquetta my heart goes out to you as you deal with the loss of a loved one. Remember to hold on to Gods unchanging hand and he will guide you through the storm. And remember it won't be a storm always. My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Angela & Michael and Family"

This tribute was added by Delia Prescod on 16th March 2012

"Dear Judy and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy from the Prescod's Family.  My heart is sad, but God does not make a mistake.   Sing on my brother that well known song "Stand By Me" The Hillcrest Church of Christ, especially the Hillcrest Singers are going to miss you.
Judy, I am just a telephone call away.  Love, Delia Prescod"

This tribute was added by Cassandra Brown on 16th March 2012

"Jacquetta, Aidoo, and the Smith family:

Please accept our prayers for the passing of Mr. Smith. We are unsure of many things, but "We are confident and prefer to live away from this body and to live with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8, GWT). We love you! Sandy Brown, Carolyn & Ruth Archie & Families"

This tribute was added by Jenetta Cooper-Benton on 16th March 2012

"Judy, you are in our prayers during your time of bereavement. God does no wrong. Keep the memories & love for him in your heart. Bob, when we sung Stand By Me, you said when you're old and feeble, stand by you. God has done that. Now sing with the Heaven's Angel Choir. Save a spot for me. Sleep on my brother, sleep on.
Jenetta & Dorothy Cooper will remember you always."

This tribute was added by Carol Alan on 16th March 2012

"Aidoo, Jacquetta, and family: May your profound faith and fortitude guide and soothe you during this difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Carol, Rodney, Rita, Ella, & Anna Alan."

This tribute was added by Tina Carter on 16th March 2012

"To Judy and the entire Smith family, Our sincerest prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Bob and his amazing sense of humor and service will surely be missed. We love you and we are here for you. Love, Tina & Stedman (Hillcrest COC)"

This tribute was added by Marvis Johnson on 16th March 2012

"Jacquetta & Aidoo, Judy, Kelvin and Clifton. We share your grief. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with you and your family.  I pray that the memories of Robert will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. We will be in touch real soon.  Love you all!
Marvis & Odell Johnson"

This tribute was added by Bernard Davis on 15th March 2012

"Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. Take comfort in knowing that Uncle Robert love the Lord and lived his life in a Godly manner. Absent from the body but present with GOD. May GOD guide you thru this difficult time. Uncle Robert I Salute You!"

This tribute was added by Sherri Debnam on 15th March 2012

"Jacquetta and Aidoo, my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I will continue to lift your family up in prayer.

The Debnam Family"

This tribute was added by Janet Lucas on 15th March 2012

"Aunt Judy, Kelvin, Jacquetta and Clifton I want each of you to know how sorry I am for your loss. Uncle Robert will be missed dearly.He impacted my life in so many ways and our relationship developed from a man who loved my aunt to a man who terrified me and lastly to a man I became to love and respect immensely.Uncle Robert I know you are with God tonight smiling on each of us. Love,Janet"

This tribute was added by william newell on 15th March 2012

"Aiedoo and Jacquetta  you have our deepest sympathy..OJ spoke many times to me about your dad.Be strong in the knowledge that he would want it  so...and hold his memories very close..Bill & Ann Newell"

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