Robert (Bob) Lee Smith (Big Ben), 76, was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at Southwood Nursing Home in Terre Haute, IN. He was born on February 24, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Hugh J. Smith and Viola M. Williamson-Smith. Bob served in the Air Force from 1966-1970 and was Honorably Discharged. In 1976, he moved to Terre Haute, IN and began working for Brit Airlines. He worked there for 6 years. Bob earned an Associate’s Degree in Photography from Ivy Tech Community College. He was a Camera Man at WTHI and WTWO for many years where he made plenty of friends.
He also worked at Highland Lawn Cemetery, where he later retired. Bob loved sports tremendously. He passion was watching the NBA, especially the Lakers. Kobe Bryant was his favorite player of all time. He enjoyed teaching his son and his friends how to play basketball; he also taught his daughter how to swim. Bob’s favorite baseball team was the Chicago Cubs. He loved enjoyed life with others and loved making friends. It was the light of his day to be able to help people.
He was a great husband, dad and grandpa. He is survived by his ex-wife, Bonita (Cissy) Smith; his son, Kunta Kinte Smith and his girlfriend Angie Gilbert from Terre Haute, IN; his daughter, Kyla Adams and her husband Cory Adams from Westfield, IN; his granddaughter, Alexis LaShay Smith; his grandson, Jeremiah Milton Clarence Adams; 7 nieces and nephews, Pastor Sidney (MauRece) Thomas, Jr., Viola Thomas, Artilla Thomas, Patreice Harper, Cheryl (Robert) Patterson, Daniel (LaDiedra) Smith, Jr. and Jamie Smith; 15 great nieces and nephews; and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his siblings, Hugh Smith, Jr., William Smith, Delores Harper, John Smith, Daniel Smith, Alfred Smith, Viola Thomas, and Melvin Smith. paternal and maternal grandparent.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at 12:00 Noon on October 3, 2022 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 304 E. Williams St. Eulogist: Pastor Sidney Thomas Jr. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow after a Danville National Cemetery.