Bobby Dean Smith, 84, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 24, 2018. He always said he wanted to go to sleep and wake up in Heaven, and he did just that.
Bobby was born in Fisher County to LaRhue and Ernest Smith on October 7, 1933. He graduated from Rotan High School in 1951, where he met the love of his life, Joyce Ellen (Hargrove) Smith. He went on to wed her November 14, 1953. He was then drafted into the US Army in January of 1954, where he was a communications specialist stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington state. He and Joyce were founding members of Parkland Baptist Church in Parkland, Washington where he was ordained as a deacon. After completing his time serving, Bobby and Joyce came home to Rotan and began to pursue one of the things he loved the most, farming. Bobby and Joyce went on to have three kids, Lee Scott Smith (1958- 2012), Charre Ann Smith, and Jana Beth (Smith) Morales.
In 1999, he was stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Though never able to walk unaided again, he remained strong and was an inspiration to anyone who knew him. Bobby was a devoted member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Rotan. He loved singing and enjoyed doing so until the day he passed. He was an instant friend with anyone he encountered. Bobby loved all with a Christlike attitude and welcomed them with open arms and a smile on his face. One of Bobby's favorite things to do was tell stories. The more he told the same story the more interesting it became. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Bobby was met at Heaven's gate by his son, Lee Scott, and parents, LaRue and Ernest.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Smith; his daughters, Charre Smith and Jana Morales; grandchildren, William, Joshua, and Macy Morales; son-in law, Robert Morales; daughter-in-laws, Bebe Mireles and Barbara Smith; and step-grandchildren, Jason Forque, Corey, Toni, and Lindsey Collins; brother and sister-in-law, Alton and LaDoska Smith; sister-in-law, Carole Justiss; brother-in-law, Lee Mason; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Rotan, Texas. The graveside service will be held at Belvieu Cemetery on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM with services following at First Baptist Church at 11:00 AM.
Joyce and family, I loved Bobby since I was a young girl. He was always a joy to me and my parents loved him (and both of you) so very much. Dean Taggart called me immediately as soon as he found out; we love Dean and Charlotte too. Christian love seems to run in that family of Smiths! I grew up loving Alton and Ladoska and Joyce, you were such a precious inspiration to me. I haven't seen Bobby in awhile but I recognize that precious smile he always had for all of us! What a joy for him to be out of the pain he's been in for so long. We love you and you are certainly in our prayers at this time. We will see Bobby in heaven!
EA and Donna Murphree ClickAbilene, TX
Bobby will always be loved by so many. What an example he set for all.
He was always cheerful and glad to see you no matter how he may have been feeling
Jack WilliamsonRotan, TX