May 22, 1933 - Oct 18, 2016
Robert Franklin Smith, "Smitty the Barber" of Williamsport, Ind., passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of Oct. 18, 2016.
Born May 22, 1933, in Parke County, Ind., the fifth of 10 children of Myron Smith Sr. and Clotine Bartley. He spent his entire life in West Central Indiana, primarily along the Wabash River between Terre Haute and Williamsport.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. He trained at Fort Knox, Ky., and served primarily in the European Army of Occupation near Lenz Austria with the 4th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He was an Army cook. This experience sparked a love for food and cooking that stayed with him all his life.
Following his honorable discharge from the service he met and married Jeannie Frazier, also of Parke County. She would be the love of his life and his equal in all things.
He completed the Indiana Barber College on the GI Bill and by the early 1960s had established himself as the town barber and teller of tall tales in Williamsport. It was in Williamsport and Warren County where he and Jean raised their family of three boys. Life around the Smith house may have been a lot of things, but it was never dull or boring.
Smitty was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the VFW, American Legion, and the Williamsport Chamber of Commerce. If you needed a haircut, an opinion on a political candidate, the latest gossip about town, or just wanted to be lied to, Smitty had you covered. He never met a stranger.
Smitty is survived by two sons, Alan D., (Leslie) and Joseph R.(Lesa); five granddaughters, Margaret Ippolito (Bob), Kylen Miles (Nick), Rachel Wadsworth-Smith, Melinda Wadsworth-Smith and Claire Duvall (Alex); as well as two great-grandsons, Tripp Miles and Raylan Duvall. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jean, and his youngest son, Kenneth James.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Barnes and Rice Funeral Home, 111 E. High St., Rockville, Ind., with a viewing Friday evening 4-8 p.m. EDT and prior to services noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be held in the Beacon Hill Cemetery.
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