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June 12, 2021


Robert Milson "Bob" Smith 

August 28, 1945 - June 10, 2021

Robert Milson "Bob" Smith, age 75 and a resident of Hammond, died Thursday evening June 10, 2021 following a motorcycle accident as he returned home from work. He was a native and former longtime well-known resident of Mount Hermon. Bob attended Mt. Hermon School and was voted “Mr. Mount Hermon” during his senior year. He built and operated Smith Auto Parts in Mt. Hermon for 25 years. Bob was a founding member of the Mount Hermon Volunteer Fire Department, even helping to build the first fire station. During this time, Bob also drove a school bus for Mt. Hermon School for 25 years. He later began a career as a car salesman, working for many years at Bill Hood Chevrolet in Amite and Magee Autoplex in Franklinton. He was currently employed with Circle A Hardware in Springfield.

Bob was always full of life and he enjoyed visiting with the people he met every day. He loved telling stories, especially the funny ones, as he loved to make others laugh. He loved spending time in the water, either in the family swimming pool or boat riding on the Tchefuncte River. Bob had a love for old cars, especially Chevrolets and he had several Chavelles and Corvettes through the years. He also enjoyed Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and went on many long road trips with his brother in law Michael. Bob always enjoyed dancing and having a good time at parties and weddings. He adored his young grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Pops”. He was a friend to so many and he will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

Survived by: Wife of 49 years: Kaye Corkern Smith of Hammond; 3 Children and Spouses: Robert Reid Smith and Hope Baham Smith of Walker, Clint Harrison Smith and Holly Carpenter Smith of Hammond, Casey Smith Gignilliat and Stuart Gignilliat of New Orleans; Grandchildren: River Faith Smith, Robert Cash Smith, Meadow Kaye Smith, Bree Renee Smith, Reid Harrison Smith, Smith Edward Gignilliat, Margot Francis Gignilliat; Sister and Brother in law: Dorothy Smith Kinlaw and Larry Joe Kinlaw of Denham Springs; Brother in law and Sisters in law: Michael and Debbie Corkern of Franklinton, Chanda Corkern of Alabama; Also numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many dear friends

He was preceded in death by his parents Milson M. Smith and Stella Wascom Smith, father in law and mother in law Olan and Olean Corkern, brothers in law Reid Corkern, Jeffrey Corkern, special cousin Billy Wascom.

A visitation for family and friends will be at Crain Funeral Home (1109 Bene Street, Franklinton) on Tuesday June 15th from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 6:30 pm Tuesday with Dr. Joe Baugh and Rev. Percy Frazier officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial donations to the Mount Hermon Volunteer Fire Department (36365 Hwy. 38, Mount Hermon, LA 70450).

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