Rev. Robert Dean (R. D.) Smith was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 11, 2013, in Bastrop, Texas, at the age of 78. He was born to George (Boots) and Lillie Mae (Thomas) Smith on Aug. 6, 1934, in Hope, Arkansas. He attended Yerger High School and left to attend the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he completed his GED. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He was the longtime pastor of the Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church, a Chaplain with the Bastrop Police Department, chairman of the local Bastrop board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a retiree of the Bastrop Federal Correctional Institute, and a member of numerous boards and commissions.
He is survived by: loving wife, Gwen, of 48 years; sons Robert C. of Bastrop, Rory D (Beatrice) of Elgin, David C. (Ella) of Georgetown; daughters Kim Mathis of Dallas, Tereatha Mason of Bastrop; mother Lillie Smith of Arlington; Roscoe C. Smith of Dallas, George (Judy) Smith Jr. and James (Tyrus) Smith of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Jimmy C. Smith of Hope, Ark.; a sister, Gwendolyn Elliby, of Arlington; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other family and friends, including the Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church family who will remember his teachings, his love of Isaiah 40, his wit and most of all, his love for all; and the City of Bastrop where he served as Police Chaplain and on numerous boards, commissions and committees.
He is preceded in death by his father and niece Gwendolyn Rochelle Smith.
A wake will be held at the Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church, 507 Toliver Street on Tuesday, June 18, from 6- 8 p.m. with visitation beginning at 2 pm.
Funeral services will be held at the Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut on Wednesday, June 19, at noon. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry or the Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.