Capt. Robert "Buck" Edward Smith

July 5, 1938March 11, 2018

Capt. Robert Edward “Buck” Smith, 79 of Southport, passed away on March 11, 2018.

Capt. Smith was born July 5, 1938. He was the son of the late James Edward Smith and Geneva Hickman Smith. Born and raised in Southport, he was a graduate of Southport High School. Capt. Smith was a Cape Fear River Pilot for 43 years. Buck enjoyed playing basketball, hunting, snow skiing, fishing, and Tarheel basketball.

Survivors include his son Darin Smith of Bolivia; a daughter Terre Smith Wrenn and husband John of Zebulon; two brothers, Billy Smith of Florida, and Chuck Smith of Southport; three grandchildren, Jeremy Wrenn, Julia Wrenn, and Davis Smith, and his dog Cash. He was preceded in death by a son Dean Smith, and a brother Jimmy “Bullet” Smith.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, March 17, 2018 in Northwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southport Maritime Museum, 204 E. Moore Street, Southport, North Carolina 28461.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock –Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 17, 2018

Capt. Robert "Buck" Edward Smith

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Debra O’Brien

March 22, 2018

So sad to hear this! He was always so nice always had a smile! Condolences to his family!

Rick and Zelma Rygg

March 16, 2018

We were always met with a smile any time you ran into Buck. Will miss his great fishing and hunting stories. He will be missed. Our sympathy and prayers go out to his family.

Steve and Patti Smith

March 14, 2018

We were so saddened to her of Buck's passing. Buck was our very first customer to Sure Catch Tackle in May of 1991. Beginning that day Buck became a dear friend and a loyal customer. We shared some wonderful fishing trips together. Buck was a excellent fisherman, always at the right place at the right time. Buck's kindness and friendship will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathy to Buck's family. Rest in peace our dear friend.

Tom and Renee Geppert

March 14, 2018

We were so so sorry to hear of Buck's passing. Buck was a yearly visitor to our farm for pheasant hunting and always brought his quiet humor, sportsmanship, and most importantly, his friendship. Please know that you've been in our thoughts. May you always hold treasured memories close and find comfort in the pride he had for his family, which was so evident at each visit. We will truly miss him. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

Brett Mckeithan

March 14, 2018

Every Tuesday & Thursday night at the City Gym, Buck and the “regulars” gathered to play pickup b-ball. My Dad was one of them and as I got older, he starting taking me along to play. I learned a lot about the game playing with those guys over several years before moving away. Buck was a tough and smart player. Despite being past his prime, you couldn’t leave him open, you had to box him out and he could get past you on the dribble. As my game developed, I’m proud to say that I was often picked to play on Buck’s team, which usually included Eddie Howard, Butch LeClerc, Donald Dixon, Sr., my Dad and/or Bill Evans. We’d take on the young guys, who loved to stack their team, and it was a great feeling to help the “old” guys win. I remember telling Buck many nights how much l admired his passion to continue playing and he’d say “they’ll have to drag me off the court kickin’ & screamin’”.
RIP Buck

Gary Tatum

March 13, 2018

Really hate to hear about Capt.Buck he was a true legend of the Cape Fear ,was a good friend and one best fisherman I ever new ,many many stories and memories Rest in peace will be dearly missed ,my thoughts and prayers to Darin and the whole family.

Michelle Holcomb

March 13, 2018

May you RIP Buck. Sending prayers and love to the family.

Sheryl Haman

March 13, 2018

I haven't seen Buck in a while but in the Cape Fear restaurant days he was a hero ! we all watched after him and he watched after us !Buck was a special person and always reminded me of my Dad! such integrity and just a down to earth special man . Buck always treated my daughters as if they were his own and in rough times he also treated me as well. I cant tell you what a special man that is now is in heaven I so dearly cared for and such a great friend ,such a blessing to everything he did in life ,Buck you will be missed by many !!! :) Love you my friend

Nathan White

March 13, 2018

My prayers for the family. So sorry to hear of this. I remember Capt. Buck Smith. I grew up in Southport. I spent many days down at the docks and would run in to him from time to time. If he was bringing in his catch for the day or heading out to bring the next cargo ship in to Wilmington to the ports. I always wondered about the name of his boat "Second time around" and what that meant. I never did ask him though. He was a very nice guy. I express my deepest condolences to the family.