Mr. Robert Candler Smith Sr.

February 10, 1932November 10, 2020

COLUMBIA – A celebration of life for Robert “Bob” Candler Smith, Sr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, 7600 Woodrow Street, Irmo, S.C. Bob will be interred with his wife, Nedra, in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Bob had many loving friends, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, services will be family only.

Bob was born in Anderson, S.C. and was the son of the late Candler Calvin and Alice Human Smith. Bob was a graduate of Anderson Boys High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. At the University he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Euphradian Literary Society, Business Manager of the Carolina Review, Circulation Manager of the Gamecock, the University newspaper, and a member of the German Club and the Cotillion Club.

Bob was employed by the South Carolina Employment Commission for over thirty-seven years and retired from the Agency in 1991. During his career he served as Area Director of the Agency's Bennettsville, Anderson and Columbia local offices and as Field Supervisor over seven local employment offices in the Pee Dee area of the state. He also served the agency as Director of Manpower Training and Personnel Director. At time of his retirement, Bob was Assistant Deputy Executive Director of the Agency's Employment Service Division.

An active member of the Agency's Professional Organization, The International Association of Personnel in Employment Security throughout his career, he served as State President in 1969 and as District Representative at the International level in 1986. Bob was elected Retiree of the Year in 1994 and in recognition of his achievements to the Employment Security Program, he was elected to the Agency's Hall of Fame in 1995.

Active in civic and community affairs, Bob served as President of the Bennettsville Jaycees in 1960-61 and was elected one often Outstanding Local Jaycee Presidents in the state at the State Jaycee Convention in 1961. In 1967, Bob was honored by his inclusion in The 1967 Edition of Personalities of The South in recognition of his community service and economic development efforts in Anderson and Oconee Counties. A Methodist, Bob was active and a member of the Administrative Boards of the First Methodist Church in Bennettsville and Saint John’s Methodist Church in Anderson. At Union United Methodist Church in Irmo, Bob has served on the Administrative Board, the Board of Trustees, President of the Methodist Men’s Club, and as coordinator for the church's Senior Travel Club. He was a member of the Ailene Leitner Fellowship Sunday School Class and a member of the Spirited Singers, a senior choir at Union United Methodist Church.

Bob was a member of the University of South Carolina Associates, a life member of the University of South Carolina Alumni Association and the State Retiree Association. He was a Third Degree Mason affiliated with Hiran Lodge in Anderson, S.C. Bob was a member of the Irmo Navy, a charitable and social civic organization organized by a small group of Irmo men over fourty years ago.

Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nedra Gilmore Smith; his parents; and by his sister, Aileen Smith Walters Yeargin.

Surviving are his children and daughters-in-law, Robert Candler Smith, Jr. and Myra of Columbia and Harold Gilmore “Gil” Smith and Susan of Lexington; grandchildren, Robert Candler Smith, III Shannon Caroline Loveridge Smith, Derek Gilmore Smith (Jamie Bugner), and Dylan Tate Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Avery Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Building Fund or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Mickey Baker

November 14, 2020

Bob and l were life time friends and co-workers. We first met in the early sixties when we both were employees of the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. Bob made sure we became friends. That was just the caring and loving kind of person he was . Our friendship lasted throughout all the ensuing years and all the good times and heartaches that life brings us. Bob was always there to share the good times and to give care and support during hard times. He was also fun loving and good company. As time took its toll on our bodies we had less time to gather. But I know I will see him again. Mickey

Sarah Brown

November 12, 2020

Bob was our friend and neighbor in White Hall for many years. He was one genuinely good man. Bob first impressed you with his gentle, kind nature and his easy laughter and sense of humor. As you got to know him better, you realized that family was the most important part of his life. He adored his lovely wife Nedra and their two sons Rob and Gil. I will always see Bob as the perfect example of a Southern gentleman. Bob saw the good in others and he tried to reflect that in the way he delt with people. Most important to me was the example of adoration he and Nedra shared in their enduring and beautiful relationship. They were the best of friends working together in a most special partnership of love and dedication. I know as Bob made his journey to his heavenly home, Nedra was waiting there to meet him with open arms. I like to imagine Sug I and Sug II at last strolling across God's dance floor arm-in-arm for eternity.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35

Jackie Able

November 12, 2020

I did not know Bob well, but he called recently and asked for the Union Prayer Chain to pray for healing for his neighbor. As we talked, he told me how much he was looking forward to returning to church and his Sunday School class and mentioned some of his friends at church that he was anxious to see again. His concern for his neighbor's welfare and his love for his church and Sunday School spoke volumes about the kind of person was. When I learned yesterday of his death, I felt like I had lost a good friend. My sincerest condolences to his family and his friends. I pray that you will all take comfort in knowing the kind of person he was and where he is now. Blessings, Jackie

Daniel Donovan

November 12, 2020

Bob was a dear friend from our days in college till now. We shared our Fraternity and life adventures and he was my inside source on Carolina Sports. We enjoyed going out to dinner when I was in town and at college reunions. A generous and loving man with great Faith in the Lord. I will miss him dearly but know he is in heaven where he will watch over me, his family and so many friends. God Bless his soul.

Christine Heron

November 11, 2020

Your smile, your heart of care for so many. Salmon patties were our favorite meal and the elephant ears that you loved. Planting heirloom tomatoes outside your window so we could watch them grow.,I’ll sure miss you , my friend so many talks we shared, Our last prayer together on Thursday making sure hearts were right and Jesus was the way to heaven. You are special. God please make this journey extra special, for all he left behind. His kids , grandkids, and friends. Good Bye for now , see you again meet me at the pearly gates so I can meet Netra . Good night


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