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Robert Charles Smith

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SMITH Robert Charles Smith, 57, passed away on February 10, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida. He has been serving as an evangelist at the South Jacksonville Church of Christ since August, 2007. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 13, 1951 to Eddie Smith and Rebecca Wilson Smith. Robert married his wife, Andrea, in 1989, while living in Germany. They have two daughters, Rebecca Julian, born in 1990 and Deborah Dionne, born in 1991. Robert's father died in 2000. In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by his mother, 2 brothers, Eddie and Kenny, and one sister, Jocelyn Lamar. Robert was an outstanding athlete at Jefferson High School in Daly City, California and was recently named to the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame. He earned a BA in sociology from the University of San Diego before moving to Hagen, Germany where he was a stellar professional basketball player from 1974 to 1983. After an injury curtailed his basketball career, Robert completed a three-year advanced Bible study program at the Kirkland Church of Christ in Kirkland, Washington. In 1986 he returned to Germany where he worked for three years as an evangelist in Aachen and four years in Kiel. Robert spoke German fluently and is much loved by Christians there. In 1994 he and his family moved to the Republic of Seychelles to do evangelistic work. While there, he also served as technical advisor to the national basketball team and as a youth development officer with the National Sports Council for the Seychelles government. When he departed the Seychelles, Robert left behind a thriving congregation where one of his converts, Jimmy Petrousse, now works as an evangelist. In 2006, Robert worked for one year with a congregation in Darmstadt, Germany before moving to the United States so that his daughters could graduate from high school in the US. A big, friendly, and transparently spiritual man, Robert Smith will be remembered by a devoted family, scores of spiritual children, and hundreds of friends in Churches of Christ all over the United States, in Germany, and in the Seychelles. A memorial service will be held for Robert at the South Jacksonville Church of Christ on Saturday, February 21 at 2 PM. A family visitation, hosted by friends of the Smith family, will be held at the Hampton Inn at 4415 Southside Blvd. following the service. The family has requested No Flowers. Arrangements under the direction and care of ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Feb. 15, 2009
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