Robert Larry Smith
Robert Larry Smith
  • June 24, 1943 - May 27, 2017
  • Gadsden, Alabama

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Robert Larry Smith, 73, Southside, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Noland Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 at Collier-Butler. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Collier-Butler Chapel. Revs. Scott Hassell and Bud Swindall will be officiating. Music performed by Allen Hudson. Burial will be in Crestwood Cemetery. Collier-Butler Funeral Home is directing. Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean M. Smith, Southside; daughter, Susan S. Blair (Chad), step-granddaughter, Emily Blair, Moundville; brother, Wayne (Paula) Smith, Jonesboro, Georgia; sister, Kay S. Foster (Leon), Marianna, Florida; sister-in-law, Deborah Smith, Trussville; nieces and nephews, Melanie Foster, Mariana, Florida, Kim Blue (Bill), Dallas, Georgia, Philip Smith, Stockbridge, Georgia, Jeremy Moore (Ardis), Destrehan, Louisiana, Jenny (Matt) Harper, Raleigh, North Carolina; great-nieces and nephews, Hannah and Hayden Blue, Dallas, Georgia, Philip "Bubba" (Angel) and Michael Smith, Georgia, Arlie, Sam, and Lucy Harper, Raleigh, North Carolina; great-great-nephews, Rylan Smith and Philip Smith, Georgia. He was preceded in death by parents, James and Geneva Smith; in-laws, Charles and Johnie B. Moore; brother, Bill Smith; brother-in-law, Frankie Moore; and sister-in-law, Jan Moore. Pallbearers will be members of the McLaughlin Marine Corps League Honor Guard: Paul Wooten, Jack Causey, Harold Abernathy, Johnny Bolton, Tony Starkey, Mickey Stephens, Philip Smith, and Jeremy Moore. Honorary pallbearers are Rayford Helms, Tom Zugsay, Rickey Smith, Randy Gossett, Jack Carter, Dr. Gregory Batson (VA), Dr. Thomas Harper, Mike Moon, David Bohannon, Elvert "Rat" Collins, Bobby Vinson, Richard Rains, Dr. Virenjan Narayan, Al Sapp, Dennis Pentecost, Gary Pentecost, Brian Jones, and Bill Drummons. Larry was a graduate of Southside High in 1961. He was in the Naval Reserve and went on active duty as a Marine Corpsman. He was wounded in 1966 and received a purple heart and silver star for his bravery. He was also inducted into the Etowah County Patriot's Hall of Fame. After the service, he went to Jacksonville State University to get his BS in Business. He worked several years at Trofee Dairy and then at Modern Heating and Cooling until he retired. Larry was a member of Southside 1st Baptist, where he was very active until his illness. He served on the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery Board. He was a member of the McLaughlin Marine Corps #1029, where he loved working with toys for tots. He was a loving and generous person. He loved everyone, especially his pride and joy, daughter Susan. He will be missed by many friends and family. Being a very patriotic person, it was so fitting he went home to his heavenly father on Memorial Day weekend. Flowers will be received or in lieu of flowers, please make charitable donations to Wounded Warrior Project or First Baptist Church of Southside Youth or Children's Bible Drill Funds.