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George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

1544 South Highland, Jackson, TN

OBITUARY

Robert A. Spellings

March 29, 1954June 16, 2020

Robert Spellings, age 66 of Jackson, passed away on June 16, 2020 at the home of his sister, Kathy.

Robert was born in Knoxville, TN on March 29, 1954, the son of the late Kelly Spellings Sr. and Alice Farmer Spellings.

Robert was the fourth child of Kelly and Alice and after baby sister Kathy was born in 1961 the family moved from Knoxville to Jackson. Robert was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. He attended J.B. Young Elementary and graduated from South Side High School in 1972. He retired from Proctor and Gamble in 2003 after 30 years of service. He loved being retired and enjoyed watching U.T. Football and Basketball, gardening, traveling, and helping others. He was also a member of the South Jackson Jaycees in the ’80’s.

Robert was a great brother and was dearly loved by family and friends. His sweet kindness and generosity will be greatly missed. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Kelly Spellings, Sr. and Alice Farmer Spellings; his brother, Dennis Spellings; grandparents, John and Ola Spellings and Mahlon and Etta Farmer.

Robert is survived by his sister, Kathy Blankenship (Johnny); brothers, Jerry Spellings and Kelly Spellings, Jr., all of Jackson; aunts, Mildred Smith, Norma Farmer, and Jennie Farmer, all of Knoxville; and many special cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Grove Cemetery behind Liberty Grove Baptist Church, 1071 Harts Bridge Rd., Jackson. The family will gather with friends starting at 2:00 pm until the time of the service.

The family would like to thank Kirkland Cancer Center and Hospice of West Tennessee for their caring love and compassion during this very difficult time and to Robert’s caretaker, Etta Fay Neely.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Robert’s memory be directed to the American Cancer Society since he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert is survived by his sister, Kathy Blankenship (Johnny); brothers, Jerry Spellings and Kelly Spellings, Jr., all of Jackson; aunts, Mildred Smith, Norma Farmer, and Jennie Farmer, all of Knoxville; and many special cousins.

Services

  • Gathering of Friends and Loved Ones

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, June 19, 2020

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Connie Ledbetter

June 18, 2020

I grew up in the same community with Robert’s family and I have fond memories of attending school and Church with Robert and his siblings. I’ve never heard an unkind word spoken about Robert. His mom, Alice , was a great friend to my mother, also. Heaven definitely gained an angel! I know Kathy has taken great care of Robert during his illness. Prayers for the family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Mary Bettie

June 17, 2020

I have many wonder memories of Robert and his family growing up and attending Liberty Grove together. Robert was fun to be around and we had lots of fun in our youth group and choir. I know Robert appreciated the loving care that he received during his illness. Robert made this world a better place for those who were lucky enough to have known him. Praying for Kathy and Johnny, Kelly Jr and Jerry.

Josephine Oliver

June 17, 2020

Prayers especially for Kathy and Johnny for sharing their home and taking such good care of Robert in his last days, those two people are like no other. Prayers for all the family members. Robert was a great friend, will not be the same going out to eat without him being with us. You were loved Robert and you will be greatly missed.
God’s Blessings and love,
Josephine

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY