Robert Smith III

  • "Missing you more and more... Love you"
    - Mommo Viola Kaye Smith
  • "Gone but never forgotten.... Loving and missing you more..."
    - V. Kaye Smith
  • "I thank God for the 27 years and 1 day, I had you here. ..."
    - Viola Kaye Smith
  • "Wishing you were here..... Hope I am making you proud with..."
  • "Missing you....."
    - Mommo Smith

Anchorage resident Robert London Smith III, 27, died Aug. 3, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Services will be at noon Monday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, with visitation 10:45-11:45 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Alonzo B. Patterson and the Rev. Al Thomerson will officiate. Pallbearers will be A. Taki Oates, Cornelius McBride, Sedric Williams, Gabriel Taylor, Jackson Brown, Terrance Thompson, Terrance "Bay Bay" Fleming and Trevoris "Peanut" Carter.
Robert was born Aug. 2, 1981, in Anchorage. He received a high school diploma and a weatherization and remodeling apprenticeship. He was employed by Energy Specialists of Alaska. He was also employed by Anchorage Inventory in 2007-08 as well as by Williams's Apartments.
"Robert had a smile that could light up a room," his family said. "His sheer presence at 6 feet 6 inches reflected his larger-than-life personality. Robert's heart was huge, and he loved his family and friends with all of it. When he was small, he was affectionately known as 'Jabba the Hut' because of his fat cheeks and wide grin. He was also a true caregiver, protecting and helping both young and old. A quick learner, hard worker and creative thinker, Robert enjoyed music, reading, writing and watching movies, going camping and many other pursuits.
"He was baptized at a young age and later rededicated his life to the Lord at Immanuel Baptist Church, where he was a member. Robert's daughter, Reiara, was the love of his life. He would spend hours with her, fascinated by the precious little life she is. One of his favorite things to do was to take her to church and proudly show her off to all. To say that Robert will be missed is an immense understatement. He touched so many lives with his and there will be a Robert-shaped hole in many of us for a long time. As a result, and with his passing, five people's lives were saved and now have an opportunity to enjoy longer and fuller lives. We are all so very proud of him."
His family also said that they wish him peace and rest and will reunite with him one day.
Robert is survived by his daughter, Rejara Christine Smith; mother, Viola Kaye Smith, father, Dr. Robert L. Smith Jr.; stepmothers, Leanne L. Smith and Veressa H. Smith; fiancee, Viki R. Kelly and her son Malik Kelly and family; sisters, Zakiya A. Oates and Kiera Mone'e Wiley; brother, Kie'rhon Mason Wiley; brother-in-law, A. Taki Oates; nephews, Ramero Z. Oates and Adrian J. Hedden; grandmothers, Eleanor J. Williams and Jewel B. Smith; grandfather, Dr. Robert L. Smith Sr.; aunts, Dana D. Robinson, Sheila A. Williams, Jewel D. Fick, Marcia Carerre, Felicia Martin and Rolanda Williams; uncles, Rodrick L. Williams, Karl B. Smith, Darryl D. Williams, Eric R. Williams and Kenneth R. Williams; cousins, Jannae Williams, Regina Williams, Shawanna Jackson, Darryl Williams, Jelani Dargan, Erica Williams, Talisha Williams, Tanika Jackson, Toni Jackson, Bijai Jones, Bria Jones, Tollie Watkins, Shayla Williams, Maya Williams, Jonas Patterson, Kenneth Williams Jr., Deonsai Williams, Kaliyah Williams and Kaylahn Williams; and many other cousins and friends.
Special thanks goes to Providence Alaska Medical Center doctors and staff: Dr. McGhan, Dr. Madden, Sandy, Barb, Julie, Stacey, Rachelle, Michelle and Jerrita.
Arrangements were with Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2008