Robert Larry Smith, 77, of Salem, entered into rest on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. He was born on July 3, 1940 in Wilmington, N.C. to the late Augustus Buxton Smith and Evelyn Benson Smith. In addition to his parents, he was entered into rest with his brother, Ronald E. “Ronny” Smith; and grandson, Cody Buxton Smith.
Surviving to cherish his memory: his wife of 48 years, Dorothy W. “Dottie” Smith; five children, Robert “Larry” Smith II and wife Cathy, James L. “Jimmy” Smith and wife Kathy, Christopher M. “Chris” Smith and wife Kristie, Kimberly L. Hartman and husband Kenny, Dennis L. Lanum and wife Ellen; nine grandchildren, Kara H. Hudson and husband Jamie, Kenneth L. “T” Hartman, Kelly L. Hartman, Joshua “Josh” Smith, Amanda D. Lanum, Brehanna Smith, Aaron B. Smith, Amber N. Smith, Shelby L. Smith; three great grandchildren, Gavin L. Hudson, Raeleigh F. Crouse, Revo Van Brocklin; brothers, Daniel P. “Danny” Smith and wife Mary, James D. “Jimmy” Smith and wife Rita, William H. “Billy” Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; very special sister- in –law,“Friend Peggy” and brother- in -law Johnny “Hurst”; special friend, Guy Bethel.
As a young boy, he shared his life with his brothers in fun and mischief. What one didn’t think of doing the others did. As an adult, he worked in the auto parts business as the Manager of Harvest Motors, until he became self-employed as “Larry’s Auto Parts” in Hollins.
Upon retirement, from being in the parts business, he became Supervisor for Environ Construction Company.
His passion for restoring and working on cars led him to New London Drag Strip, where he raced his 1965 Mustang. Back in the day, Larry was an avid fan of NASCAR and Bill Elliott.
He loved riding dirt bikes and camping with his kids, also golfing with his buddies Hurst, Gary, Hugh, and Rip.
His personality was one of a kind. He was very outspoken and straight to the point.
His favorite quote was “Different Strokes for Different Folks”.
During his struggle for life, he never lost his will to live.
In the end, it’s not the years in life that count, it’s the life in years.
The family would like to thank Richfield Recovery and Care Center Nursing Staff and Heartland Hospice for their excellent care and kindness during the most difficult time.
Memorial donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, 1742 East Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23228.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Lotz Salem Chapel.
A Memorial Services will follow immediately after visitation at 3 p.m. at Lotz Salem Chapel.