Funeral service for Mr. Robbie Earl Smith, age 85 of Fayetteville, will be conducted Wednesday at 2 pm at Higgins Funeral Home with Bro.Jim Black officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens. Mr Smith passed away at his residence August 11, 2012.
Robbie was born in Kelso on June 16, 1927 to John Elbert and Lola Hazelwood Smith, a veteran of the Navy during World War II serving on the USS Bunker Hill , was employed with Rohm & Haas as a glass blower during the Von Braun era, also worked and retired from the University of Alabama Huntsville where he contributed to numerous research and development programs under both positions he was awarded many certificates of recognition for the development of many various apparatus used on Skylab in the 1970`s and Shuttle Missions in the 1980`s.. Mr. Smith owned Tenn. Scientific Glass Co .which had contracts with NASA and Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Smith attended the Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years Jeanette Womack Smith of Fayetteville, son Robert Lex Smith of Taft,daughter Vicky Smith Holt and husband Ernest of Fayetteville,granddaughters Audra Bradford and husband Lanny of Fayetteville, Jenny Norris and husband Jim of FL. great grandchildren Jesse, Lucas and Anna Bradford,James, Will and Grace Norris, step-great grandchildren Courtney Norris Englett, Justin Norris, and Jonathan Bradford, step great grandchild Katelyn Bradford,and many nieces and nephews. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by infant twin sister Ruby, brothers Aubrey, Buren, Fred, Verbon and Joe Billy Smith and sister Iris Bennett.
Visitation with the family will be Tuesday from 5-8 pm at Higgins Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Deaconess Home Care for their care and concern, also Dana, Sue, Dr. Norman and Dr. Jones.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 201 Lincoln Rd. Fayetteville, TN 37334 or to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 470, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Vickie – I remember your family from the days when you lived on Orchard Drive. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeanette, Vicki, Lex, and to all of the family members, we are so saddened over the loss of someone so dear to all of you. All of us that knew him will miss him, he was such a wonderful person, a good husband, father, and grandfather, may your grief be a little easier for you with such fond memories of better times.
You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
God Bless all of you!!
Floyd and Imogene
Vicky and family, we are deeply saddened with the loss of your father, unfortunately we did not personally know your father, but know that he must have been a great father with very high moral standards and values he instilled in his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless The Cox Family