Robert Lee Smith – “Petergunn”

Robert Lee Smith –  “Petergunn”

January 28, 1939 – January 6, 2024

Mr. Robert Lee Smith, son of the late Allen and Gertrude Smith, was born in Satsuma, Alabama, on January 28, 1939. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Rockingham, NC. He departed this life on January 6, 2024, at his home in Richmond County, NC.

Robert attended school in Taylortown, NC, at Academy Heights. At a young age, he worked with horses and later moved to New York, where he continued working with horses. He loved sports (martial arts, baseball, golf, and bowling). He was a member of the Masons and the motorcycle club, Playa Elite.

His career consisted of driving a school bus in LA and a truck driver for which he received a million-mile safe driving award. He coached softball, baseball, and martial arts. He also fostered four children.

In 1961, he married Helen Cole, and five children were born to this union. Later, he married Jean Smith in 1970, and one child was born to this union.

Robert was preceded in death by Elenora Morrison, who raised him after the untimely passing of his mother, his daughter, Karen Andrade, his brother, Walter Morrison, his grandson, Keith Wright Jr., and his Dog Harley.

Those left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Jean Smith; children, Pamela Bagina, Robert Smith (Sandra), Freddy Smith (Michelle), Tonja Smith, Terence Smith (Gloria), Tracey Moore (Kevin), Holly Smith (Frank), Derek Andrade (Sheila), Dwayne Hatcher (Lica), Tavian Izzo, Tyrone Moore (Malaya), Vivian Andrade,
Sharon Andrade, Jerry Strouse, and Tony Morrison (Mary), fortyseven grandchildren; sixty-nine great grandchildren; three great, great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Smith; two brothers, Allen Smith and Lamont Smith; special friends and family, Bobby Smith, Bishop Ricky Smith, Roger Cole, Tony McGarrett, Mable Gaddy, Darren Brewington and Maryann Legrand.


Elite Funeral Services
125 High Street, Ellerbe, NC 28338
Saturday, January 13, 2024 | 3pm - 6pm

Funeral Service

Zion Grove AME Zion Church
9584 NC-705, Eagle Springs, NC 27242
Sunday, January 14, 2024 | 1:00 PM | Viewing 12-1 PM

3 Condolences

  • Bridget Monroe Posted January 10, 2024 1:08 pm

    My deepest condolences to family 🙏

  • Gloria Lewis Posted January 11, 2024 4:42 pm

    My love and prayers are with you in your time of loss.

  • jay Godfrey Posted February 20, 2024 9:38 am

    Dear family,

    My heart aches from the grief that you are suffering.

    Knowing of God’s embracing love for you, continue looking to him when ” He will wipe out all tears
    from our eyes, death, pain, and suffering will be no more. ” – Revelation 21: 3,4

    He says death is an ” enemy that will be brought to nothing. ”
    1 Corinthians 15:26
    It comforts our hearts to know this pain will be a thing of the
    past and through Christ the resurrection of our loved ones.

    We ” do not sorrow just as the rest do who have no hope! ” 1 Thessalonians 4:13

    love from a stranger,

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