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“I will always remember when it was a partcular dry 4th of July and Chief Smith and I went to the mall to talk about the fireworks. The mall manager...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Beau LoveLace

“I wanted to share my sincere condolences to the Smith family. Robert was a mentor to me as I grew up in the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department. I...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Lt Col Rusty Marsh

“Dick and I send our condolences to all of you. We will keep you in our prayers. Dick and Sandra Bryant ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sandra Hughey Bryant

“Your family are in my thoughts and prayers, Robert was a good man always helping others. He gave me the opportunity to work with the City of Shelby...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Freddie Ray Ellis

“You are all in my prayers. We know that Robert in running the streets of gold and having a great life. He will be dearly missed here on earth but we...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Angie Ledford Andleton

“Janet, I don't have the words to comfort you during this time, only my prayers and just being here if you need me. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mechele Yarbro

“Janet - I am so sorry for your loss - I'm just a phone call away if there is anything that I can do. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Brenda Johnson

“Thinking of you during the loss of your dad.My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sandy Russ ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Sandy Russ

“Robert was great person and helped so many people when there was a need. Robert helped so very much when we were starting Cable T.V. in Shelby in...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Floyd Williams

“Sorry for your loss, but I know Robert is in heaven with Fannie and his other loved ones. He was a Christian man and he will be missed by many. He...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Marie Free

“JANET, SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR DAD. EVERYONE HERE IS THINKING ABOUT YOU AND ARE PRAYING FOR YOU TO HAVE ALL THE STRENGTH YOU NEED. YOUR FRIENDS ARE HERE...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: REESE LUTZ

“Kenny, Kathy & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Robert was such a special person and was loved by everyone - he was a ...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Gail Robinson


Mr. Smith, 79, a native of Gaffney, SC passed away Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Hospice of Cleveland County. Robert retired from the City of Shelby where he was a supervisor in the electrical department. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church where he was a former deacon. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department where he had served as Assistant Chief and was Chief from 1981 = 1987. He was a member of the Cleveland County Firefighters Assn. and a former member of the North Carolina State Fireman's Assn. Robert had also seved as a volunteer fireman for the Shelby Fire Department.
Robet was preceeded in death by his parents Floyd Lyle Smith & Mary Jenkins Smith, his wife Fannie Hardin Smith, son's Robert E. Smith Jr. & Lyle "Eddie" Smith, one brother and two sisters.
Robert is survived by a son and his wife Kenny & Kathy Smith, two daughters Janet Tallent, and Carol Costner and husband Steve all of Shelby. He is also survived by a brother Tommy Smith, sisters Evelyn Blanton and Inez Byers all of Gaffney, SC. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law Debbie Smith of Shelby. Robert has 9 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews in the Gaffney area.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Stanley Webb and Rev. Neil Efird.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department, 221 E. Graham Street, Shelby, NC 28150.