Bobby Ray Smith Sr. of Normandy, passed this life on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at his residence at the age of 81.
Mr. Smith was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to the late James Homer and Vera Himes Smith.
During his life he was a star athlete in many sports, at the age of 16, he was offered a professional pitching contract with the New York Giants Baseball Team. In 1951, Mr. Smith received a scholarship to play football at the University of Tennessee under Coach Neyland, he instead chose to attend MTC (now MTSU) where he played football on a baseball scholarship. He went on to become a planner and scheduler with AEDC and ran the Holiday Marina as well as the Sportsman’s Store and Bait Shop. Mr. Smith was an avid fisherman and was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Tullahoma.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his Homecoming Queen and wife of 58 years, Florida Mae Smith; and several brothers and sisters.
Mr. Smith is survived by two daughters, Karen Ingle and her husband Donnie of Winchester, and Laura Wells and her husband Ronnie of Tullahoma; two sons, Bobby Ray Smith Jr. and his wife Renee of Tullahoma, and William Daryl Smith of Tullahoma; 11 grandchildren, Kris Ingle, Jansen Ingle, Alex Ingle, Lauron Wells, Jamie Garner, Megan Smith, Justin Smith, Garrett Smith, Jodi Smith, Cole Smith, and Samantha Smith; and eight great-grandchildren, Hunter Ingle, Riley Ingle, Riley Shelton, Ian Smith, Nivea Smith, Elijah Smith, Ellison Smith, and Aubree Jasper.
Visitation for Mr. Smith will be held on Saturday, November 15th, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Kilgore Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Kilgore Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Don Dixon and Dr. Wayne Wester officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma.
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association, 201 West Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388, the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.