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09/22/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Bob Smith

Robert James Smith, Sr.
(06 Jan 1936 - 15 Sept 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1954

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
    Bob Smith, Class of 1954, passed away in Hobbs, New Mexico on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the age of 74.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Delia Ann Smith (who died as an infant) and Kathleen Smith Brown, and his brother, Bert Smith.


From the Daily Press - 09/22/10:

 

 

 

Robert James Smith, Sr.

 
    HOBBS, N.M. - Robert 'Bob' or 'R.J.T.' James Smith Sr., 74, followed his wandering star to his place of rest on Sept. 15, after a long illness.

Born on Jan. 6, 1936, in Newport News, to James Joseph and Marguerite Adelia Horton Smith, Bob graduated from Newport News High School and attended Virginia Military Institute. He answered his nation's call to service and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for twelve years. After briefly working as a drug store manager in Maine, his engineering training and love of land drew him to a long career in land surveying, which took him to many locations in the U.S. Later, he translated his surveying knowledge into archeology. He participated in multiple digs in New Mexico, including the Orogrande Man dig and the dig in which he found an Anasazi female which he named "Muffin." He retired in Hobbs, New Mexico.
 
Bob Smith
 
 
Bob was a man of multiple talents and passions. He played football for Newport News High School and Virginia Military Institute and remained a sports enthusiast to the end. He loved airplanes and became an honorary colonel in the Confederate Air Force. He served as a B.S.A. scout master. When in Lexington, he "adopted" first year cadets from his beloved V.M.I. to give them a home away from home. He lent his rich baritone voice to several Baptist church choirs. Many family and friends were gifted with his artwork. He challenged others to expand their knowledge with games of Scrabble, and gifts of periodical clippings and books.

Bob is survived by his two children from his first marriage, Deborah Stanley-Chipperfield, of Gillette, Wyo., and Robert James Smith Jr., of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; two grandchildren, Hunter Stanley and Moriah Stanley-Averett, of Gillette, Wyo.; three adopted sons from his second marriage; two nieces and three nephews; several great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members. He is also survived by the love of his life, Susan, of Hobbs, N.M., and her four children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Delia Ann Smith (infant) and Kathleen S. Brown; and his brother, Albert H. Smith.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in Clark Cemetery, Fox Hill by Dr. Cynthia Rosser Higgins.

Arrangements are under the care of R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton, Va.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at
dailypress.com/guestbooks

Published in The Daily Press from September 22 to September 23, 2010.     Visit Guest Book


September 22, 2010
 
  Sue, Billie & Cheyenne, My deepest sympathy during your time of loss. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all! Lynda
 
~ Lynda Hawke, Gardiner, Maine
 


September 22
, 2010  
 
  We may not have had the "paper" but we certainly had each others hearts for the last 25 + years. I will hold you in my heart forever and one day we will return to Maine and walk Popham Beach and look for sand dollars together. You were the love of my life, my rock and my hero.
You are so missed.
Sue AKA Brown Eyes
 


September 22
, 2010  

We were high school classmates, NNHS Class of 1954, and friends during those precious days of our youth. Like many of us, we made our way to the far corners of the world not to see each other again. You, my friend, are now at peace but you leave behind great sadness. The only member of your extended family I have come to know is your beloved Susan and she is mourning your departure as much as any of us who remain. Until we meet again, may your eternal days be filled with joy and happiness.

~ Jack Nelson, Vienna, Virginia
 



September 22
, 2010
 
Our love and sympathy to the family of our friend and classmate, Bob, RJT, COL., Fun 'n Stuff and blonde flat-top Smith. I had so much fun keeping in touch with him. What a fascinating guy! At our 30th reunion, NNHS 1954, Bob was there and when I saw him I said, "Hi, Bob, how are you?" He said, "I can't believe you recognized me!" I told him I did not recognize him, I recognized his walk. He had a blonde crew cut, flattop, clean cut and sharp as a tack and twice as flat headed. His barber gave him a very concise cut and it looked good on him. When I saw him at the reunion, he had long hair and a beard and looked like Buffalo Bill. His walk still stood out. I enjoyed his brother, Bert and his lovely wife, Rhonda and wish we had met his love, Siouxzn. We wanted to be at his service in Fox Hill but we are leaving for TX in the morn. as my sister's husband passed away and we will return this Monday. Our love to all of his nice family. Mickey and Carol Marcella
 
~ Mickey and Carol Marcella
 


September 22
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~ Gail Wimberly, Tularosa, New Mexico
 

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  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Bob's family and friends at this difficult time.


   This information is also posted here:

http://nnhs65.com/memoriam-all.html

     http://nnhs65.com/memoriam54.html


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
915-780-3048 


How Great Thou Art

Originally a Swedish folk melody, "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg (1859-1940)
was translated by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.


O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


"How Great Thou Art" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://rosemck1.tripod.com/hgta.html - 07/08/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

Animated Coast Guard Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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