Robert Thompson Smith

Charlottesville, Virginia


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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

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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To the Family of Bob Smith,

I know you loss is great, Bob was a wonderful person with a gentle soul. He has helped so many through his work at Community Services Housing and will be missed by all of us that have worked with him and that big smile that he always greeted you with. Heaven certainly has another angel.

I remember Bob so fondly, we was a wonderful man, whose work has been a blessing for so many people. I enjoyed our work together and his great deeds will be long felt in the many lives that he touched by his good deeds. I am thankful to God for the years that he shared Bob with us and I am thankful that he gave Bob the ablity to work and continue his great deeds right up until his final days.

I am a great admirer of Bob's strength and independents. It is true that he had a positive disposition and would greet you with a smile. I will miss seeing him in the neighborhood, but am grateful that he is reunited with Betty whom he loved dearly. Rest in peace Bob.

During the brief time that I knew Bob, I was impressed by his kindness and his dedication to Community Services Housing,and the good work that it does. He was a good man who will be missed by those who knew him.

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

My husband and I were neighbors of Bob and Betty in the mid '90s, and we always thought both of them were great folks. We miss them both.

I will always remember Bob as the most pleasant man...he was always smiling. May his family have precious memories to hold dear.

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