Robert Lee Smith Jr. (1946 - 2017)

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Long time Anchorage resident Robert Lee Smith Jr., 70, died on Aug. 29, 2017, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska.
A service will be held at Laurel Hill First Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at 1 p.m. He will be laid to rest at Roberson Chapel Memorial Cemetery, also located in Laurel Hill, N.C.
Mr. Smith was born in Scotland County, N.C., to Robert and Elizabeth Smith. He graduated from Carver High School in 1965. He married Theresa Wells in March 1980 in Anchorage, Alaska.
He came to Alaska with the United States Army in 1971. After his honorable discharge in 1973, he became a reservist, and was hired by the Alaska Railroad in March 1973. He retired from the railroad in August 2009, as an Equipment Operator and Truck Driver Leader. He then went on to work at the Anchorage School District, as a bus attendant, in January 2010 until his passing in August 2017.
He resided in Anchorage for over 46 years.
In his free time, he enjoyed bowling, slow pitch softball, umpiring, singing karaoke, and billiards, to name a few of his hobbies. Mr. Smith was a member of the Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans in Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW 10252 in Anchorage), and member of both Alaska Railroad Workers (ARW) AFGE Local 183 Union and Teamsters Local 959 Union.
His family wrote, "He was a coach, a mentor, and full of tough love and life lessons. Loving and caring to all, he didn't know a stranger. His kindness and generosity knew no end, and his unconditional love for all was felt by those who knew him."
He is survived by his two sons and daughter, Robert Smith III, Robert Craig McNair and Elizabeth A. Smith; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Lillian Smith.
The family asks that donations be made to the Free Methodist Church of Anchorage, Children's Lunchbox, or the VFW Post 10252, in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Witzleben Chapel, as well as McPhatter Funeral Home in Laurel Hill, N.C., with full Honors for his dedicated military service. A celebration of life will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, on a later date to be determined.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 8, 2017
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