Robert Devane Smart, 70, North Carolina State Ports Authority

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Robert Devane Smart
Robert Devane Smart

HAMPSTEAD — Robert Devane Smart, 70, of Hampstead/Scotts Hill, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington. Born Sept. 4, 1946, in Gaston County, he was the son of Robert Ellis and Starlene Lutz Smart.

He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the State Ports Authority. He loved being outdoors, cooking and helping all who asked.

He is survived by his “favorite” ex-wife, Carole Johnson Smart; and his two nephews, Chuck Batts, and his wife, Kelly, and their children, Brooke, Jack and Claire, and Robert Scott Batts.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kay Smart Batts.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Andrews Hampstead Chapel. Following the gathering, all are invited to Chuck Batts’ residence. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, Sept. 4, at a time and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tomato plant or plant a tree in his honor, take a bag of dog or cat food to a shelter, or do something for your friends and neighbors and not expect payment.  And, it is required that you take a cold shot of vodka, or your choice of cocktail, but most important of all….take care of yourself.