LTC Robert E. Smith

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The funeral service for LTC Robert E. Smith, US Army, retired, of Anniston, will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Anniston First United Methodist Church, Reverend Dale Clem and Reverend Tom Smith officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at Forestlawn Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. LTC Smith went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, January 19, 2018 at The University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. LTC Smith served 25 years on active duty in the US Army and several more years in the US Army Reserves. He was deployed to Vietnam for two tours. Before being dispatched to Vietnam, he was deployed to the Dominican Republic with the 2nd Brigade where, in addition to their clandestine combat mission, they adopted the small village of San Luis, D.R. While in the Dominican Republic, LTC Smith and his unit were instrumental in reclaiming the San Luis village and providing the necessary support to revitalize the community. During their deployment, the 2nd Brigade provided nearly 3 tons of food daily, located a school teacher and reopened the village school. With the coordination of the Brigade Chaplains, a mass was held where 9 children were baptized and given dozens of boxes of clothes donated by Ft. Bragg wives. During LTC Smith's first tour to Vietnam he lived, trained, and fought with the Montagnard to push back the North Vietnamese Army. After returning home for an assignment to Ft. Benning, he was deployed to Vietnam for his second tour, where, as a part of his duties, he provided security services for President Richard Nixon's trip to Vietnam on July 30, 1969. After the second tour, LTC Smith was assigned to Ft. McClellan as a Plans and Operations Officer. He was instrumental in executing the order to remove the remaining nerve gas supplies at Ft. McClellan by train to its ultimate disposal destination on the East Coast. LTC Smith was later assigned to the role of trainer and advisor to the South Korean military. Once LTC Smith returned to Ft. McClellan, he was assigned to the Armed Forces Service Command at Ft. McPherson, GA, where he regularly interfaced with representatives at the Pentagon. LTC Smith's last role before retiring from the active military service was Executive Officer with the 548th S&S Command at Ft. McClellan. LTC Smith was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and many other campaign medals presented to him from countries where he served. He also attended the Command and General Staff College as well as the National Security Management Course. Serving with the 82nd Airborne Division was the greatest pleasure of LTC Smith's Army career. Following his active military service, LTC Smith was employed by the federal civil service at Ft. McClellan. After retiring from the civil service at Ft. McClellan, LTC Smith transitioned from serving his country, to serving his community. He served on the Board of the Anniston Boys Club, volunteered as a punter and kickers coach for the Anniston High School football team for 20 years, was a member of Kiwanis International, the Blue Ridge, GA Masonic Lodge #67 for over 60 years, and volunteered with Interfaith Ministries delivering for Meals on Wheels. LTC Smith was a long-time member of Anniston First United Methodist Church. He was very active as a member, running the sound system for the church for over 25 years. Additionally, he served as an usher and a member of the Hospitality Committee. He also served on the Board of the United Methodist Children's Home which occupied a very special place in his heart and is a past president of the Carre Sunday School Class. LTC Smith enjoyed sports, especially football. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, visiting with friends, gardening, reading, music, traveling, bird watching, and horseback riding. He and Mrs. Smith spent many hours enjoying bird watching, especially cardinals, from their patio. LTC Smith is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Louise Smith, of Anniston; a son, Robert E. Smith, Jr. and wife Martell, of Houston, Texas; a grandson, Robert E. Smith, III of Houston, TX; a granddaughter, Leah Marie Smith, of League City, TX; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gary Parris, Kevin McDade, Robert E. Smith III, Mickey Starling, Gary Stratton, and Vernon Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carre Sunday School Class at Anniston First United Methodist Church and Coach Eddie Bullock and members of the Anniston High School Football Team. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Interfaith Ministries, P. O. Box 1444, Anniston, AL 36202 or Anniston First United Methodist Church, 1400 Noble Street, Anniston, Alabama 36201. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
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K.L. Brown Memory Chapel
620 Golden Springs Road
Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Jan. 23, 2018
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