US Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer, Robert G. Smith, Sr. (Bob), of Denton, TX and Memphis, TN was called to his Final Duty Station on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Bob was born on November 08, 1936 in Aubrey, TX, and raised in Denton, TX. While attending Denton High School and Decatur Baptist Jr. College, he worked at Ford Motor Company in Dallas before answering the call to serve in the Texas National Guard and the U.S. Navy.
As a decorated Naval Officer, he served in San Diego, Iceland, Millington, Honolulu, and Guantanamo Bay, with tour stops in Hong Kong and Tokyo while on board aircraft carriers USS Ticonderoga and USS Shangri-la. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and numerous Commendations.
In 1957, while serving at Millington Naval Air Station as an Avionics Instructor, he met the girl of his dreams, Nancy Carol McKenzie, and three weeks later they were married. He retired from the Navy after twenty three years and taught avionics at State Tech and Memphis State University before beginning his twenty year career at Federal Express.
Bob is a man of great honor and is known for his contagious sense of humor, dedication, and generosity. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty five years, Nancy Carol Smith; three sons, Robert G. Smith, Jr., Douglas A. Smith, and Rodney W. Smith (Peggy); five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Dale saysMarch 16, 2023 at 12:10 pm
Dear Carol and family,
May your memories be a comfort for you in the days ahead. Praying God will embrace your hearts with peace and healing.
Sincerely, Dale Thompson
Virginia Mcdaniel saysMarch 9, 2023 at 2:49 pm
Dearest Family. I am saddened by your loss. I pray God will comfort you until you see him again. Love Gigi