Robert Thompson Smith Robert Thompson Smith of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012.
He was born on September 15, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the late Milton Truman and Elsie Thompson Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Betty Jane Schangles Smith, whom he met in the fourth grade at Lake Bluff Elementary School in Shorewood, Wisconsin. He is survived by his son, Michael and wife, Susan Smith, of Richmond, Virginia; daughter, Laurel and husband, Louis Hallman, of Unionville, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Jody Hallman, Jeffrey Smith, Jaclyn Hallman; and brother, Frank H. Smith of Concord, North Carolina. Bob attended Shorewood High School graduating in 1944. Both he and his wife were graduation commencement speakers. After graduation he joined the United States Navy serving overseas during World War II with the Navy Scouts and Raiders. Bob and Betty were married on January 29, 1949. In November 1950, they moved to Albemarle County's Richland Farm off the Old Lynchburg Road. While in Charlottesville, he became a commercial real estate broker.
In 1991, Bob formed Community Services Housing Inc. (CSH), which provides affordable housing for mentally and physically handicapped persons in the Charlottesville community. Today, CSH houses over 150 people.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to CSH at P.O. Box 7120, Charlottesville, VA 22906. A memorial service will be held at Hill and Wood Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood.com.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.