Robert C. Smith (1932 - 2018)

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Bob Smith (Papa), 85 of Matthews, NC went home to be with the Lord on May 13, 2018. He was born September 26, 1932 in Dowagiac, MI. Son of the late Earl J. and Mary Adah Collins Smith. Bob graduated from Niles High School where he was captain of the track team. He held the record for the mile for 15 years. He earned a degree from Michigan State University. He was drafted into the US Army where he proudly served for 2 years.

In 1958, he married the love of his life, Joan (Hurst) Smith, who he had met on a blind date. He joined the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company and in 1968 he became the General Agent of Smith Financial Group in Charlotte, NC. He earned the designation of CLU and in 1976 he earned The President's Award - the highest award in the company.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan Smith; son, Stephen R. Smith; daughter, Sarah S. Moore (Todd). Beloved "Papa" to Hayden Elizabeth Keziah and John Robert Moore. And by his sister, Marilou Hessey, of Niles, Michigan.

The celebration of his life will be at Calvary Church Chapel (Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC) Saturday, May 19th. Family will be receiving guests form 12:30 to 1:30 with a memorial service to immediately follow.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Hospice & Palliative Care, 7845 Little Ave, Charlotte, NC 28226. In addition, the family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Albert Hudson of Charlotte Medical and Dr. Rohit Mehta of Sanger Heart for their special, loving care of Mr. Smith.

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Published in Charlotte Observer on May 16, 2018
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