Robert E. Smith, of Old Hickory, TN, passed away on Sunday morning, July 30 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, at 83 years of age.
Funeral services for Robert E. Smith were conducted on Wednesday, August 2 at 1 p.m. from the Anderson & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Lafayette with Edward Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Logan Hudson, Jamie Hudson, Jason Driver, Troy Day, Kyle Gammons, and Jared Gammons.
Robert was born Tuesday, November 21, 1933 in Jackson County, Tennessee, one of nine children born to the late John F. and Martha (Western) Smith. He married the former Lucy Gammons on August 15, 1960, who survives. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hudson, and brothers, John Smith and Roy Dale Smith.
He was a longtime Dodgers Executive and Vice-President of Stadium Operations from 1969-1994. "For more than 30 years, Bob was responsible for the cleanliness and safety of Dodger Stadium," said former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley. "He set the standard, no one did it better..." He was in charge of operational issues and security at Dodger Stadium, representing Allied Consolidated Services, during The Beatles' concert on August 28, 1966. He was responsible for maintaining the beauty and functionality of iconic Dodger Stadium, the crown jewel of baseball stadia and with a record number of fans passing through the turnstiles. In February 1980, he traveled with O'Malley and two others to Japan to meet with top management from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and finalize plans to introduce the world's first and largest matrix board to Dodger Stadium on July 8, 1980 at the MLB All-Star Game. The state-of-the art Dodger board revolutionized how games were presented in America and around the globe.
In Robert's early years, he served his country in the Army.
In addition to his wife of over 56 years, he is survived by: Son: Robert Wayne Smith, of Old Hickory, Daughter and Son-in-law: Anita and Robert Sanders, of Mt. Juliet, Grandson: Brandon and wife, Jessica Sanders, of Lebanon, Granddaughter: Heather Sanders, of Mt. Juliet, Great-Grandchildren: Bryson Sanders, Megan Branham, Shae Cox, Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Deborah and Johnny Driver, of Gallatin, Barbara and Fred Sparling, Donelson, Brothers: Charles Smith, of DeBary, FL, Glen Smith, of Lafayette, and Jack Smith, of Gallatin.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Lafayette, TN, 615-666-4011, www.andersonandsonfuneralhomes.com.