Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home & Guilford Memorial Park

6000 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC


Robert Lynn Smith

September 11, 1937October 8, 2019

Robert Lynn Smith, 82, a resident of Greensboro passed away on Tuesday October 8, 2019 at Moses H. Cone Medical Center.

Robert was born September 11, 1937 in Chatham County. He was a graduate of Pleasant Garden High School. He served the City of Greensboro as a police officer joining the department in 1959 and retiring in 1989 after 30 years of service.

Robert was preceded in death by his mother Lola Smith Langley and a son, Donald Lynn Smith. He is survived by his sons, Christopher “Chris” Smith and wife Debbie of Colfax, Randall “Randy” Lee Smith of Colfax, Joseph “Joe” Eugene Smith of Summerfield, Robert Jason Smith of Atlanta, GA; five grandchildren, Michelle Coble and husband Stephen, Christopher Austin Smith, Owen Smith, Joseph Nicholas “Nick” Smith, Christina Smith; five great grandchildren, Karsyn Coble, Payton Coble, Christian Gardner Jr., Crystal Gardner, Cobie Gardner and his great-great granddaughter, Aria Gardner.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday October 11, 2019 at the Guilford Memorial Park Cemetery conducted by the Reverend Bud Parrish.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Robert’s name to the Children’s Home Society, PO Box 14608 Greensboro, NC 27415 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


  • Graveside Services Friday, October 11, 2019


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Chris Smoot

October 24, 2019

Of course, always on the roster as RL Smith (old). It says something about the man that 3 of his sons wanted to follow in his footsteps. When I started in 83 RL was one of the "old-timers" you looked to for wisdom and advice. Every memory of him has that same half-smile on his face that says "I know, but it'll be alright"

Randy Gerringer

October 12, 2019

R L was a great man and a good police officer. I had the privilege to work with RL a couple of years. He taught me a lot and kept the job interesting. Most of all he made me laugh with his sense of humor. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Randy Gerringer

Rita Ellis

October 12, 2019

My cousin Jack was a kind and sweet man who always had a story to tell about family. He kept everyone informed of what was going on in the family. I have precious memories of his visits with our family as we were growing up and seeing him at family events. I always looked for him. He was such a positive person and made everyone feel special. The funeral service was very inspirational today. May God Bless and bring you comfort Chris, Randy, Joe, and Jason and all the grandchildren. Praying for you all in the coming days.

Rita Sharpe Ellis
Asheboro, NC

Joe Williamson

October 10, 2019

R L “Jack” was my best buddy when we were young children through young adults. He was more than just a first cousin, he was more like a brother to Gene and myself. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his children and grandchildren.

Kelly Wagoner

October 10, 2019

We are at a loss for words. Mr. Smith was such a great neighbor. He was the kind of neighbor anyone would want to have. He always kept an eye on our house while we were away. We looked forward to seeing him out in the yard or walking his dog. If we caught him walking he would always let our daughter help walk Mae Mae. The neighborhood just won't be the same without him. He will be certainly be missed. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Smith.

The Wagoner's
(Kenny, Kelly & Chloe)

Paul Krawiec

October 10, 2019

R L was a GOOD MAN. I served with him on the Greensboro Police Dept. We rode the last of the Police Harley's together. Many good time were had with R L and the other Officers in our department.

Paul Krawiec

Kevin Williamson

October 10, 2019

RL, or Uncle Jack as I knew him, was a big part of my family's life. I grew up with his sons and always enjoyed seeing him at family events. I'll miss his sense of humor and the way he would tell about his experiences with the GPD.
I feel very blessed to know such a great man. My sincerest sympathies go out to his family.

Kevin Williamson


October 10, 2019

I am regretful that I will be unable to attend the services.
R.L. worked for me all seven years when I was a sergeant in the Tactical Division of the Greensboro Police Department. He was always respectful to me and carried out his assignments to the best of his ability. He was enthusiastic about his work and was an inspiration to the others. When I think of RL, one thing I remember most is his being so proud of his family, especially his sons and grandchildren and frequently sharing stories about their accomplishments. RL Smith May you Rest In Peace.

Jim Hightower

Robert Warren

October 10, 2019

Sorry for your loss.
We worked together for so many years. R. L. I will miss you. May you rest in Peace. God Bless.

Kymme Hoyle

October 9, 2019

I met RL in 1995 when I moved to the neighborhood. I loved talking to him as he walked the dogs. He would tell me how others were doing in the neighborhood and seemed to pull the whole community together. He welcomed me with open arms. I even remember when he would scrape the snow off the streets but keeping the sled hill for the kids. What a wonderful man. My husband David worked with him at GPD and always said how respected he was by others. Our community has a hole in it now. I will miss our talks and his beautiful Mai Mai in the neighborhood. Rest In Peace RL.