SIKESTON - Robert Smith Jr., 56, died at 11:40 p.m. April 22, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born Oct. 25, 1946, in Charleston, son of Margaret Owens Smith of Charleston and the late Robert Smith Sr., he graduated in 1964 from Charleston High School, served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War and was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was a former officer with the Charleston Department of Public Safety, a former deputy with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department and retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Survivors in addition to his mother include: one daughter, Monica Griffin of Charleston; one son, Marcus Smith of Charleston; two brothers, Charles Bates of Chicago, Ill., and Micheal Smith of Kansas City; three sisters, Betty Lyes and Kathryn Adams of Kansas City and Leora Webster of Detroit, Mich.; three grandchildren; and his former wife, Lendia Smith of Charleston.
Visitation is from noon Saturday until service time at 2 p.m. at Perry Chapel AME Church in Charleston. The Rev. Lavern Frazier will officiate.
Burial is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Mound City (Ill.) National Cemetery.
Sparks Funeral Home of Charleston is in charge of arrangements.