Robert Aaron Smith Sr.

November 26, 1935 ~ June 15, 2019

Born in: Rogersville, TN
Resided in: Johnson City, TN

Robert Aaron Smith, Sr., age 83, Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at The Waters of Johnson City.

He was born at Pressman’s Home in Rogersville, Tennessee on November 26, 1935, and lived most of his life in Kingsport, Tennessee. He graduated from Lynn View High School in 1953. He enjoyed years of class picnics and monthly get togethers. He looked forward to Rook night with his close friends. He played his last game with them two weeks ago.

Robert served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1958. He was a buyer in the food industry, and he worked for Giant Food Markets, Fleming Foods, and Hale Brothers/Summitt. He was a member of Central Church of Christ. While at The Waters, he attended services conducted by Pleasant View Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Emma Price Smith; his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Faye DeBord Smith; and sisters, Peggy Francsico and Emily Smith.

He is survived by his children, Barbara (Joseph) Taylor, Robert (Judy) Smith Jr., Belinda Smith, and Becky Smith; grandchildren, Jordan Taylor, Aaron Smith, Gabriel Taylor, and Anthony Smith; nieces and nephews; and family friends, Lorrie Goff, Ann Willis, Lynn Taylor, and J.C. Byas.

The family of Robert Smith will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Morris-Baker Funeral Home in the Dogwood chapel. The funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Minister Tim Hall officiating. The committal service with military honors will be conducted at 10:45 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2019 at Mountain Home National Cemetery, under the direction of Tom Lilley. Meet at the cemetery gates at 10:35 a.m. and wait to go in procession.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Smith Jr., Jeff Francisco, J.C. Byas, Brooks Monroe, Wayne Steenberg, and Lynn Taylor. Honorary pallbearers are Joseph Taylor, Robert Cupp, Dave Clark, and Dennis Vonderfecht.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Waters for taking such good care of Dad and making him feel at home and Avalon Hospice for your compassion, visits, flowers, and his military ceremony. Brooks, thank you for being his friend and not just his hospice nurse.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee, 314 Orleans St, Johnson City, TN 37601, website for Paypal is or Avalon Grace Hospice Foundation.

Cards can be mailed to the family c/o Becky Smith 605 Southview Dr, Johnson City, TN 37601.


Visitation: June 20, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Funeral Service: June 20, 2019 12:00 am - 7:00 pm

Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel
2001 E Oakland Ave
Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 282-1521

Committal Service: June 21, 2019 10:45 am

Mountain Home National Cemetery
53 Memorial Dr.
Mountain Home, TN 37684

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  1. Mark Banks says:

    I worked with Bob @ Summit for several years, sharing an office in the
    beginning. We carpooled to Hale Brothers in Morristown for over two
    years after the merger.

    He was a great friend and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be

  2. Jo E McDavid says:

    Family, My heart breaks for you. Your father and mother were wonderful people that I was proud to call my friends. We would give Robert a hard time about being cheap so he gave your mother that huge “diamond ring” to wear on her wrist. Loved them both. Robert and I often shared Bloomingdale tales. I know your mother is waiting on him with a book in hand to read. Jo McDavid

  3. Gary King says:

    To a kind and gentle man. I enjoyed his company at the rehab center. He will
    always remain a fond memory for me. God bless you Robert. I will miss you.
    Your friend,
    Gary King

  4. Missy Martin says:

    Thinking of you all my dear friends.

  5. Sharon Curtis says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My love and thoughts are with you.

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