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Robert S. Smith Sr.

BISHOPVILLE — Robert S. Smith Sr. was called to rest on
Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Born Feb. 16, 1933, he was the son of the late Harrison
and Sarah “Holland” Smith.

Mr. Smith’s early childhood education was at George
Washington Carver School in Frankford, Del. He started his Christian walk with
Christ early at St. John AME Church in Bishopville, where he was still a member
until his passing. While there, he was a dedicated trustee for many years. He
performed duties as carpenter, electrician and yard maintenance. He completed
the interior of the pastor’s office and the church dining facility. He was a
member of the musician team. He loved playing his guitar. One of his favorite
hymns was “Yes God Is Real.”

He met and married Elizabeth Taylor in 1955, and to that
union were three sons, Woodrow, Robert and Eugene. He was employed by Mann’s
Potato Chip plant for several years. Later, he purchased a truck and became a
self-employed truck driver. He built cabinets, tables and anything else needed
with wood and nails. He was a loving and caring person. He would do anything he
could for anybody. He always kept a smile on his face.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was also preceded in
death by his son, Woodrow (Booty) Smith; three brothers, Orlando, Martin and
Layfield Smith; and three sisters, Martha Custis, Rosie Johnson and Katie

He leaves to mourn his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Smith;
two sons, Robert and Eugene (Michelle) both of Millsboro, Del.; three brothers,
Raymond (Diane) of Fruitland, Md., Russell (Arlinda) of Williamstown, N.J., and
Randall (Ellen) of Newark, Del; two sisters, Roberta Cropper of Williamstown,
N.J., and Ruth (Daniel) Rayne of Frankford, Del.; two uncles, Martin (Mabel)
Holland and Frankie Pitts; two sisters-in-law, Margaret (Albert) Hagans and
Daisey Taylor; three brothers-in-law, Russell (Diane) Taylor of Selbyville,
Del., Harold (Roseanna) Taylor of Williamstown, N.J., and Robert (Shirley)
Taylor of Berlin; one great-aunt, Cordelia Tyre; 11 grandchildren; and a host
of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 14, at the Calvary
Pentecostal Church in Bishopville. The Rev. Alfred Barnes officiated. Burial
followed at St. John AME Church Cemetery in Bishopville. Arrangements were
handled by Watson Funeral Home.