Robert A. Smith Jr.

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Robert A. Smith Jr.


On the evening of May 4, 2012, our beloved son, brother, and friend, Robert A. Smith, Jr. slipped into eternity after losing a courageous and hard-fought battle to cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2012 at Collis Hill Church of Christ Holiness in Terry, Mississippi. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 11:45 AM prior to service. Burial will be in Terry, Mississippi. Peoples Funeral Home will handle all of the burial arrangements.

Mr. Smith was born in Jackson, Mississippi and attended St. Joseph High School, where he graduated in 1990. He chose to leave Mississippi and attend the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He graduated in 1994 with a BS degree in Economics. Mr. Smith moved to New York and started working at Chase Manhattan Bank where he rose quickly through the investment banking ranks to the level of Vice President and held numerous positions in investment and finance. Robert's passion for politics was matched by his interest in finance and business.

Mr. Smith was true to his mission and worked tirelessly to fulfill it. He participated in local, regional, and national religious gatherings of young people, where he developed and honed his skill as a public speaker. His professional and personal affiliations were extensive. He was a member of the National Association of Securities Professionals and the National Black MBA Association, the NAACP, and a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He co-founded the Council of Urban Professionals, was a board member of the New Democratic Network in New York, the Steering Committee of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and was profiled in the New York Observer, the New York Post and the book, Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence. His hobbies included golf, travel, collecting art and photography.

Until the end, Mr. Smith retained a strong interest in current events and his wonderful capacity to draw people together.

He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert Sr. and Dr. Otrie Hickerson; his brother, Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor of University Park Church in Charlotte; his sister Donna Smith of Batesville, Mississippi; Pamela Broadnax of Lakeland, Florida; sister-in-law, Rev. Kim Nash Alexander; brother-in-law Columbus Broadnax; nieces Camryn and Carsyn Alexander; Nigeana, Otrie and Sandra Broadnax; a legion of family member and friends.

In lieu of flowers, you may make contributions to UNCF in memory of Robert A. Smith, Jr.

Published in Clarion Ledger on May 10, 2012