OBITUARY

Richard Elvin Smith

July 7, 1949January 27, 2021
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Richard Elvin Smith was born on July 7, 1949 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born to Woodrow Smith Sr. (Laurinburg, North Carolina) and Dorthy Eure (Virginia Beach, Virginia). Richard was the seventh of eight children. He received his High School education from Union Kempsville High School where he excelled in Baseball, Football and Track.

Upon completion of high school Richard enlisted into The United States Air Force where he was an Air Traffic Controller. His duty stations included Carswell Air Force Base Westworth, TX; Rhein-Main Air Force Base Frankfurt, GE; Kessler Air Force Base Biloxi, MS; McGuire Air Force Base Burlington County, New Jersey and Matagorda Island Air Force Base Matagorda, TX where he met the love of his life Katie Garner.

In 1972 Richard, Katie and Shawn moved back to his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia where he was employed by Lowe’s Lumber Company as a driver. In November 1974 Richard and Katie welcomed a baby boy Jason. In 1978 the family moved to Houston, TX Where he received an associate degree as a Journeyman Ironworker with local 84. Richard worked for local 84 for 24 years.

In 2002 his health started to decline and he was forced to retire from his love of ironwork. Richard had a lengthy battle with several illnesses until his passing.

Richard is proceeded in death by his parents Woodrow and Dorthy Smith; brothers James and Woodrow Jr. Smith; Sister Ora Belle Williams; Son Shawn Shelton; Grandson Blake Shelton.

Richard is survived by his loving Honey Katie; Son Jason Smith-Shelton (Donecia); Daughter in Law Tammie Shelton; Grandchildren Corbyn Shelton, Jalyn Fontenot, Jordan and Jaden Shelton, Trey and Shauna Shelton; Great Grandchildren Alexander Shelton and Baby Hardy; Sisters Ethel Watson, Audrey Owens, Ernestine Hairston, Carolyn Harvey and a host of nieces and nephews.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AmericanHeritageFuneralHome.com for the Smith family.

Services

  • Gathering

    Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, March 1, 2021

Memories

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Katie Smith

February 21, 2021

Honey, as I sat daily missing you more and more, I am reminded of all the beautiful things in life you have done for me and others. You with your Gift of Song ,Crafts that we have made, Places we have been, Laughing and crying.Honey I wouldn’t trade meeting you in March 1969 and all that God blessed us with. EVER.

You Are A Wonderful Son,,Brother,Husband,,Father,Grampy, & Great Grampy ,Uncle, & Friend

Jason Shelton

February 20, 2021

This is very hard for me. Sitting here remembering you from this page. Thank You for being a great father, husband, and grandfather. Thank you for raising me into the man I am today. The thing i admire most about you is you showing me what love looks like. You loved my mother for over 50 years. I am attempting to be like you and love my wife the same as you did my mother. That is what i am most proud of with you. I will be strong for mom as i know you would want me to. I will do just that.

I Love You Forever

Carolyn Harvey

February 12, 2021

We are a large and careing family. Our brothers Steve, Buddy, and now Bobby are serving their time in Heaven. Woodrow, and Dorothy Mae are with them once again along with our sister Ora who we miss dearly. God will get us through this loss, even though tears are falling as I type this. We love you all, we miss you all❤️ Your loving sisters Ethel, Audrey, Ernestine, and Carolyn. Katie and Jason our prayers are with you both🙏🏾

Carolyn Harvey

February 12, 2021

We were a large careing family. Our brothers, Steve, Buddy, and now Bobby are serving their time in heaven, along with our sister Ora who we miss dearly. Woodrow, and Dorothy Mae are careing for them once more. God is going to get us through this even though tears are falling as I type this note. Siblings and our parents we miss you dearly. Our love is eternal. From your loving sisters❤️ Ethel, Audrey, Ernestine and Carolyn. Katie and Jason our prayers will lift you up🙏🏾

Sharryn Dotson

February 11, 2021

Uncle Bobby, as he was known to family, will surely be missed. I know he's in heaven reunited with his brothers and sister right now. He always showed me and my children lots of love, even if it was through a simple message on Facebook or a video call. Rest in Heaven, unc. I love you!

Orlando Smith

February 11, 2021

Uncle Bobby would always call and wish us a happy birthday and make sure we were all doing ok. He will truly be missed by all of our family. God bless Katie and Jason and all the immediate family in Texas and abroad.

Calandra Dearmon

February 9, 2021

Uncle Bobby has always been so loving always greeted me with a huge hug and kiss. I’m truly sad you’ve left us and you will truly be missed and always loved beyond measure. Until we meet again.
Love you always your great niece
~Calandra💋

Sandra Davis

February 9, 2021

Bobby was one of my favorite Cousins , always a smile & a story to tell . He loved to tell stories of Katie & my childhood as if he was there with us . Bobby was an awesome Husband , Father , Grandfather , Friend & he never meet a stranger he was Loved by everyone . Bobny I am sad you left us but happy you are not suffering any more . Absent from the body present with the Lord . Miss & Love You ❤ RIH we will meet again ❤

Katie Smith

February 9, 2021

You are my SUNSHINE!

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Biography

Richard Elvin Smith was born on July 7, 1949 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born to Woodrow Smith Sr. (Laurinburg, North Carolina) and Dorthy Eure (Virginia Beach, Virginia). Richard was the seventh of eight children. He received his High School education from Union Kempsville High School where he excelled in Baseball, Football and Track.

Upon completion of high school Richard enlisted into The United States Air Force where he was an Air Traffic Controller. His duty stations included Carswell Air Force Base Westworth, TX; Rhein-Main Air Force Base Frankfurt, GE; Kessler Air Force Base Biloxi, MS; McGuire Air Force Base Burlington County, New Jersey and Matagorda Island Air Force Base Matagorda, TX where he met the love of his life Katie Garner.

In 1972 Richard, Katie and Shawn moved back to his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia where he was employed by Lowe’s Lumber Company as a driver. In November 1974 Richard and Katie welcomed a baby boy Jason. In 1978 the family moved to Houston, TX Where he received an associate degree as a Journeyman Ironworker with local 84. Richard worked for local 84 for 24 years.

In 2002 his health started to decline and he was forced to retire from his love of ironwork. Richard had a lengthy battle with several illnesses until his passing.

Richard is proceeded in death by his parents Woodrow and Dorthy Smith; brothers James and Woodrow Jr. Smith; Sister Ora Belle Williams; Son Shawn Shelton; Grandson Blake Shelton.

Richard is survived by his loving Honey Katie; Son Jason Smith-Shelton (Donecia); Daughter in Law Tammie Shelton; Grandchildren Corbyn Shelton, Jalyn Fontenot, Jordan and Jaden Shelton; Great Grandchildren Alexander Shelton and Baby Hardy; Sisters Ethel Watson, Audrey Owens, Ernestine Hairston, Carolyn Harvey and a host of nieces and nephews.