Robert Glenn Smothers, Jr., 75, of Charlotte, N.C. went to be with his Heavenly Father on Nov. 20, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at his home on Retriever Way.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1947 in Radford, Va. to Robert Glenn and Marie Smothers. He was preceded in death by his parents and his former wife, Linda Kinzer of Dublin and later of Madison, N.C.
He is survived by four children: Leslie Friddle and Suzanne (Rob) Kinney of Randleman, N.C., Robert Glenn (Trey) Smothers, III of the home, and Rebecca Dunn of Huntersville, N.C. Six grandchildren survive: Kelly (Charisse) Epperly of High Point, N.C., Kyle Epperly of Randleman, Katie Spencer of Huntersville, Kasey (Sophia) Jarrell of High Point, Chase Kinney of Randleman, and Garrett Kinney of Liberty, N.C. He is also survived by a sister Glenda Smothers Roudebush and brother-in-law J.C. (friend of 60 plus years) of Galax, Va., and sister-in-law Sue Kinzer of Draper, Va. Former wife Sherry Worden of Salisbury, N.C. has been his BEST friend of 44 years; he was blessed to have her and Eddie as a major support.
Robert began his professional career in textiles at Klopman Mills in Dublin, Va., continuing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia (13 years with Mafgla and 7 years was Caperelli.) Robert retired from Huntersville Belt Services Corp. after completing 18 years of service.
R.G. was raised in the Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, but in later years he became a Baptist, serving in church as an adult Sunday School teacher and choir member. He was ordained as a deacon at East Huntersville Baptist Church where his 1991 mission trip to India was the experience of a lifetime.
R.G. grew up in Fairlawn and attended Dublin High School where his love of Virginia Tech and support of all things “Hokie” began. In his younger days he played golf, attended NASCAR races, enjoyed the beach and sun, and gospel and country music. In later years, Robert became a real “homebody” watching the daily national news, some game shows, baseball (the Indians and Yankees in particular), college football, and girls’ softball. Remaining a dedicated “Hokie” til the end, Robert watched all Virginia Tech sporting events wearing maroon and orange; he was most PROUD of his “VT” tatoo! Robert’s family and friends appreciated his sharp mind and quick wit, especially evident playing cards with his children. Loyal family dog Coco often napped with his “best buddy” as R.G. lay in his hospital bed at home.
The family wishes to thank Robert’s friend and physician, Dr. Jack Faircloth and his staff at Atrium Family Clinic in Huntersville. Two special Hospice workers were Nurse Susan and Chaplain Pete (Pete was Coco’s friend also). All calls, cards, and visits have been greatly appreciated (especially those from Sarge and the guys at Huntersville Belt Services … you fellows “lit up his room” and gave him a much-needed “lift.”
Per his request, Robert was cremated. The James Funeral Home in Huntersville will host the Memorial Service on Nov. 30, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. His long-time friend and pastor at Hunter Acres Baptist Church, Don Newell will officiate.