Robert Preston Smith, Jr.

June 19, 1937 ~ November 5, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Robert P. Smith, Jr. 85, of Kansas City Kansas left his earthly home and passed through the veil to his eternal home November 5, 2022.

Robert P. Smith, Jr was born to the union of Robert P. Smith Sr, and Lucy L. Smith. He was one in a line of nine children, which includes two brothers, Ronald Smith Sr., and Steven Smith and six sisters Maxine Clair, Gloria Smith, Linda K. Smith, Elinor McGinnis, Joyce Smith, and Donna Smith. Robert grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and attended Attucks Elementary School, Northeast Junior High School and graduated from Sumner High School, as part of the class of 1955.

Robert met the love of his life Lora Louise Whitaker and they were married in 1960.  To this union 2 children were born, Robert P. Smith III and Frederick D. Smith.

 Robert loved his family and worked at Macy’s and then he was hired by the Social Security Administration where he worked for approximately 35 years. While working at the Social Security Administration, he held various positions in the company until he retired in 1994. After retiring because of his love of golf he worked part-time for many years at the Sunflower Golf Course.

Robert loved many sports, but after he started playing golf that became his love.  He played for many years in various leagues all over the city until he became ill and could no longer play.  Along with playing golf, Robert also enjoyed playing dominoes with family, listening to gospel and jazz music, and watching the Chiefs, of which he was a season ticket holder for many years. Robert loved family, and for many years he hosted BBQs, birthday and holiday celebrations.

Robert accepted Christ at an early age at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Crenshaw.  Robert later joined Metropolitan Baptist Church in 1960.  In 1971 he was ordained as a Deacon. Robert loved The Lord and his church and actively served in ministry at Metropolitan Baptist Church (KCK) as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Director of the Male Chorus and sang in all of the adult choirs.  He also taught new members class, served as the chairman of the Evangelistic Ministry, participated in various events with Men’s Ministry, worked with outreach and etc.

Robert was a loving husband, father, uncle, brother and friend. He was caring, dedicated, faithful and trustworthy and well respected in his community.

He was preceded in death by his Father Robert P. Smith Sr and Mother Lucy L. Smith.

Robert will live on in the hearts of his loving wife of 62 years Lora Louise Smith, and his children Robert Preston Smith III, (Starla) and Frederick Darnel Smith (Edna), his sisters, Maxine Clair, Gloria Smith (Michael), Joyce Smith, Linda K. Smith, Ronald P. Smith Sr. (Rebecca), Elinor McGinnis (Elmer), Donna Smith, and Steven Smith (Kim).

He is also survived by three grandchildren Caleb Frederick Smith, Hannah Armeshia Smith, Mya Lucille Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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November 19, 2022

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Metropolitan Baptist Temple
853 Washington Blvd
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Funeral Service
November 19, 2022

11:00 AM
Metropolitan Baptist Temple
853 Washington Blvd
Kansas City, Kansas 66101

Interment Following Funeral Service
November 19, 2022

Highland Park Cemetery
KANSAS CITY, KS 66102-3799

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Robert Smith, Jr.

June 19, 1937-November 5, 2022

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