Robert LeRoy ‘Bob’ Smith, 86, Navy veteran who served for 21 years

WILMINGTON — Robert LeRoy “Bob” Smith, 86, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Robert was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Howard Raymond Smith and Elsie Smith (Sanders).

Bob was married to Nancy Jane Smith (McCullough) since 1954. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy in 1974 after 21 years of faithful services and retired as a boatswains mate chief petty officer. He had a second career in the U.S. Merchant Marines, retiring in 1977.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, James Michael Smith; parents; brother, Jim; and sister, Dorothy.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; son, Robert Jr. (Robin); daughter, Nancy Jane; grandchildren, Robert III (Lara), Ryan (Jeremy), Stephanie (Stephen) and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Fletcher, Declan, Landen, Liam, Bentley and Aubrey; many friends; sisters, Shirley (Bill) and Patricia (Harold); and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family of Robert LeRoy Smith would like to greatly give thanks to Lower Cape Fear Life Care Hospice and staff for the loving care and compassion given to Bob and for their never-ending support and love shown to the family. God bless these special angels!

Share online condolences with the family at Atlantic Cremation Service.

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