Mr. Robert Vernon Smith (Bob), age 84, of Little Rock, Arkansas departed this life on August 29, 2020. Born March 12, 1936, in Gainesville, Georgia. Bob grew up in Dahlonega, Georgia, where he graduated from Lumpkin County High School. He attended University of North Georgia (known then as North Georgia College) where he earned a BSBA. In 1960, he married Barbara Henson of Ellijay, Georgia. Last December would have marked their 60th Anniversary.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Vernon H. and Myrtle C. Smith. Bob is survived by his wife Barbara and their son Vernon Henry Smith, II and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Smith of Decatur, GA; daughter Bobbi Smith McDaniel and son-in-law Dustin McDaniel of Little Rock, AR; sister Nancy Smith Elrod of Lynchburg, VA; grandchildren, Chris “CJ” Fowler, Jr., Lexi Rose Fowler, Emma Grace McDaniel, and Owen Quinn Smith; and niece Karen Staines and her husband Bill Staines.
Bob was a man of dignity, honor, courage, and patriotism. He was a veteran of the United States Army, Security Agency. After a medical discharge, he continued to serve through his work with RCA Service Company on missile test range tracking stations in the Caribbean. In his business career, Bob was a founding board member of Lumpkin County Bank and was a pioneer in the pressure treated lumber industry. He worked in Hawaii, Texas, and Georgia. He retired as the Vice President of US Sales and Customer Service of Osmose, Inc.
Most importantly, the pride and love he had for his family was immense… his wife, son, daughter, their chosen spouses (both son and daughter), and four amazing grandchildren. And he would never shy away from talking about their recent activities and/or accomplishments.
Bob attended St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR where he and Barbara were members of the Agape Sunday School Class. Bob had been a member of multiple Lions Clubs, Jaycees, and other civic organizations over the years and was a Lifetime Member of the NRA.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 PM Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends from 1:30 PM until the service time. Interment will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Research Foundation, St. James United Methodist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas, or the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
To share a memory or a condolence with the family visit Mr. Smith’s online guestbook at andersonunderwood.com.
Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home, 2068 Highway 19 North, Dahlonega, GA 30533