Rev. Robert "Bob" Smith
Rev. Robert “Bob” E. Smith, Sr. passed away at his residence on Hysell
Run Rd. on February 10, 2013. Robert was born on December 24, 1921 in
Rutland, OH to the late Ernest and Maude (Cremeans) Smith. He was a
1939 graduate of Rutland High School.
He developed an early love for railroads and enjoyed working on
the Crestline Railroad near Bucyrus, Ohio before proudly serving his
country with the Army detached service in the Pacific Theatre of World
War II. He also worked in the coal mines and had his own sawmill and
became a master electrician at the Philip Sporn Plant near New Haven,
WV. He became a minister at the Hysell Run Free Methodist Church and
later help found United Faith Church. Currently, he was a member of
the Rutland Independent Holiness Church. He was involved in scouting
for several years as district commissioner.
He enjoyed singing- especially gospel singing with his wife and
children and the Smith Family Singers which included his wife, sisters
Glennis and Delores and brother Luther. He helped form the
Olde-Timers Quartet with Melvin Drake, Paul Musser and his son Ernest.
He developed a passion for painting landscapes and model
railroading. Most of all, he loved his vegetable gardens and canning
the produce it provided. He said the garden was the place he felt
closest to his dad.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife
Eloise (Tate); brothers, Luther and Carroll Smith; sisters, Glennis
Musser, Delores Schoppert Rodgers and Phyllis Hawk.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Shirley; daughter, Roberta
Meyer of Middletown, Ohio; sons, Ernest Smith of Middleport, Ohio and
Robert E. (Paula) Smith Jr. of Shelbyville, Kentucky; step-son, Martin
(Tammy) Woodard of Pomeroy, Ohio and step-daughter, Tonya (Jay) Lawson
of Reedsville, Ohio.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, David (Tina) Smith, Jason
(Andrea) Smith, Erin Edwards, Devin (Mubeenah) Moore, Brandon (Tricia)
Smith, Indrek Meyer, Sarah Woodard, Ashley Woodard, Amber Lawson and
Jason Lawson; great grandsons, Bradley, Cody, Branden, Tyler, Justin,
Levi, Maxwell, Clayton, Dalton, Naeem, Kyan, Weston, Baha and Miyaz;
great granddaughter, Eloise; great-great grandson, Addison;
great-great granddaughter, Keira; sisters-in-law, Mary Smith, Barbara
Smith, Carol (Marty) Hall, Alice (Rodney) McKee, Barb (Joe) McKee, Kay
(Larry) Giffin and Ruth Tate; brothers-in-law, Dow (Betty) Lowery,
Glenn Lowery, Bill (Cathy) Lowery, Roger Lowery and Raymond Smith;
and two special survivors, Shirley (Smith) Bucher and Carolyn (Ferrell)
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at
1:00pm at the Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy with the Rev.
Gene Musser officiating. Burial will follow in the Miles Cemetery in
Rutland. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8:00pm
on Friday, February 15, 2013 at the funeral home and 1 hour prior to
the funeral service.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion