|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1948|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 2009|
Robert Sinclair "Bobby" Smith, Jr., of Lexington, SC died on July 7, 2009.
Funeral services for Bobby will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Cayce and officiated by the Reverend Alex Twedt. Burial will be in Lybrand Cemetery in West Columbia. Pallbearers will be Donny Burgess, Phil Corley, Johnny Dickerson, Charlie Dickerson, Mike Lewter, Robin MacInnis, Sammy Temples, Jack Tucker, W. Earle "Bubba" Williams, Al Wilson, and Jon Langston. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Charlie Company, 3rd of the 506th (1969-1970 Vietnam).
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 1301 Twelfth Street, Cayce, SC 29033 or COTA for Tony Pasquino, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403.
Born August 2, 1948, in Columbia, SC, he was the son of Robert Sinclair Smith, Sr. and the late Ruth Caughman Smith. Bobby served in the US Army, including 14 months in Vietnam. He was an RTO ("the radio man") for Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion (Ariborne), 506th Infantry ("Currahees"), 101st Airborne Division, and received numerous medals and commendations to include a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and Combat Infantryman Badge.
Bobby graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School and the University of South Carolina, or as he referred to them "God's schools." In 1984, Bobby went on medical disability/retirement from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. where he worked as a college textbook representative for South Carolina and Eastern Georgia. He was a member of Transfiguration Lutheran Church.
Bobby was a Full Scholarship Donor and USC Gamecock Club member for over 30 years and was such an avid Gamecock fan that he said his tombstone should read "I'd still rather be here than Clemson." Even while serving in Vietnam, Bobby kept up with the Gamecocks, including writing to and receiving personal letters from both Coach Paul Dietzel and the late Coach Frank McGuire. When the Gamecocks went to the Peach Bowl in December 1969 and played West Virginia in the pouring rain, Bobby sat in Vietnam's monsoon rains and listened to the game on Armed Forces Radio.
One of Bobby's favorite memories growing up as a "river rat" in West Columbia was playing second base for the Cayce-West Columbia All Star-Baseball Team in the 1961 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series on Lookout Mountain, TN. Bobby was voted to represent all 12-year old boys in the tournament as Mayor saying he could best represent all the boys there because he had "been a boy all his life." This favorite memory also included one of Bobby's biggest disappointments - the team finished in second place. In the late 1970's and early 1980's Bobby enjoyed being second baseman for the Transfiguration Lutheran Church softball team until rheumatoid arthritis took away his ability to play. Bobby was often called "Coach" not just for his love and knowledge of all sports but also for his years as a scorekeeper, assistant coach and coach for his sons' baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams in the Pineview and Lexington recreation leagues.
Listening to music was always important to Bobby. He especially loved classic rock, but he also enjoyed the soul sounds of Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, as well as country music outlaws Johnny Cash, Willie, Waylon and the boys. From the time his sons Neil and Kevin were toddlers until their teens, Bobby would take his sons to ride on Sunday evenings so they could learn the classics-Beatles, Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater, Allman Brothers, Bob Seger; their 'Sunday boys night out' always included a stop at the Dunkin Donuts shop that used to be on Knox Abbott Drive. His favorite songs were Free Bird, Against the Wind and Soul Shine because he said they could have been written about him.
Bobby is survived his father, Robert Sinclair Smith, Sr.; and his wife of 35 years, Helen Pasquino Smith (better known as "yes dear"); two sons for whom he dearly loved and was so proud to call his sons, Joseph Neil Smith (Linsay Scott) of Gilbert, AZ, and Kevin Smith of Charleston, SC; brother, Michael Stephen Smith (Nancy McCarthy) of West Columbia; sister, R. Jeannie Smith Rocha of Fort Lauderdale, FL; nephew, Rene F. Rocha, Jr. of New Orleans, LA; uncle, Robert Wayne "Bozy" Caughman (Jackie) of West Columbia; his faithful black lab companion, Bingo; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bobby was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Albert Smith, and grandmothers, Beatrice Lee Caughman and Bertha Genes Smith.
"The strife is o'er, the battle done; The victory of life is won; the song of triumph has begun. Alleluia"
Robert Sinclair Smith (1926 - 2013)
SP4 US ARMY VIETNAM
BRONZE STAR MEDAL
I'D STILL RATHER BE
HERE THAN CLEMSON
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Rita Botkin Bomher
Record added: Jan 02, 2012
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