Robert Lee Smith passed away on September 9, 2005 at the home of his sister, Durea Engle. He was born on
March 15, 1926 at Lotts Creek in Perry County. He was the first born child of James Marcum Smith and
Emmaline Gayheart Smith.
Lee served in the US Air Force and in the US Army. He received honorable discharge from those services.
He spent much of his time in the service in Biloxi, Mississippi and in Japan. He made many lifelong friends
during his time in the service.
Lee spent many years of his life in Indiana, near Scottsburg. He was a restaurant owner and manager in
Indiana. He was the father of three children. He had one son, Johnny Smith. He also had two daughters, Joy
Diane Case and Sondra Smith. Lee had three grandchildren, Brandi, Samantha and Jami Beth. He also had a
great grandchild, Megan. He was a very proud father and grandfather. He was a loving father and very devoted
to his family.
Lee Smith also was survived by two loving sisters, Durea Engle and Bonnie Stacy, both of Lotts Creek. He
left behind two devoted nephews, James and Doug Stacy, and a devoted niece, Eugenia Engle. He enjoyed his
role as brother and uncle.
In the 1970’s Lee returned to Lotts Creek to manage the family business, a grocery store. There he spent
many years making numerous friends and renewing old acquaintances. His life touched many people during the
years that he worked in the store. The young people of Lotts Creek regarded Lee as their mentor. He worked
in the grocery store until July of 2000 when he had a fall and broke his hip and was not able to return to work.
He made a confession of faith during the year 2000 to a family member. He made his public confession of faith
in June 2005 to pastors Bob Combs and Howard Owens. He joined the Summertown Old Regular Baptist
Church at Lotts Creek and was baptized in July, 2005 at Carr Fork Lake.
Lee will be dearly missed by his family and friends for many years to come. He had a smiling spirit and left
his loved ones with many memories. We are happy to say that Lee was a part of our lives.