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Robert Smith Jr.
"Old Soldiers Never Die, They Just Fade Away" MacArthur
Robert, 91, passed away peacefully Thursday evening July 13, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. at his Nashville residence Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville, Indiana.
He lived in the Indianapolis/Greenwood area over 60 years. Robert retired from the railroad after 39 years of service as an inspector of train cars. Robert's first job was unloading mail off trains at Union Station downtown Indianapolis when he first started with the railroad.
On Feb. 10, 1949, he married his wife/sweetheart for life, Virginia Helen Lowe Smith from Glasgow. Helen preceded him in death Feb. 14, 2009. They were members of Gray Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
He loved the great outdoors, especially gardening and a green thumb he was!
Survivors include his daughter, Karen L. Smith, of Brown County, Nashville, Indiana.
He was the oldest of 11 children by Robert Smith and Mattie Belle Elmore Smith of Scottsburg, Kentucky, plus three siblings with Robert Smith and Ester Wicks of Scottsburg.
Survivors from the Smith family, three sisters, Mary Jean Smith Morris of Indianapolis, Minnie Smith Hicks of Greenwood, and Donna Smith Rose (Charlie) of Indianapolis.
Junior was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and his parents, four sisters, Arline Smith Dillon of Glasgow, Rosie Smith Hentrup of Indianapolis, Ind., Hazel Smith Grizzle of Glasgow, and Joyce Smith Craig of Indianapolis, Ind., and six brothers, Eddie Smith of Scottsville, Michael Smith of Scottsville, Alfred Smith of Glasgow, Joe Smith of Goodlettsville, Tenn., William Smith of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jimmie Smith of Indianapolis, Ind.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main Street. Calling will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time. Burial with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery following service. Karen, his daughter, kindly asked that any memorials in her dad's name may be sent to American Legion Post 13, Nashville, Indiana.
You are invited to read Robert's obituary at www.wilsonstpierre.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.
Published on July 20, 2017
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