The word ‘hero’ has become, to some extent, trite today. It is too often used in popular culture to express things that are less than heroic. However, my son, Robert, really is a hero to me. During his life, he demonstrated a courage and strength that I greatly admire him for.
Whether it was coming up with a few bucks to help someone through a tough time or defending those being bullied or victimized, Robert was always standing in the gap for others. The ultimate expression of the way Robert gave of himself and protected and defended others was his giving of his body as an organ donor. While clearly a heroic act, and an immeasurable and priceless gift, Robert was just being Robert; that’s who he was. For this, he is, and always will be, my hero. -Lovingly submitted by Robert’s father, Robert Jr
Robert London Smith III was wise beyond his years. Robert was discerning and loving and gave fully of himself to his family and friends. Looking past things like size, color, religion, and politics, Robert saw people for who they were. Knowing that God gives to each of us according to His good will, we can’t thank or praise God enough for giving us Robert London Smith III. Robert, in death, was just as he was in life: a GIVER. You are deeply missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace beloved, Son, Brother, Cousin, Father. -Lovingly submitted by Robert’s Mom Viola Kaye Smith, Sisters Zakiya Smith-Oates & Kiera Monee’, Brother Kie’rhon Mason, Cousin Tollie E. Watkins, Daughters Reiara Christine Smith & Marrisa London-Laray Dillon-Smith
Robert made a habit of keeping $1 bills in his car to help homeless people standing with signs on the streets. Being an organ donor was his way to helping even in death. -Lovingly Submitted by Robert’s Grandmother Eleanor J. Williams
My nephew’s given name was Robert London Smith III, however, even as an adult and standing at 6’6, he was always “Lil’ Robert” to me. Our bond was very strong. Lil’ Robert was a loving, compassionate, honest, truthful, and loyal person.
Before leaving Lil’ Robert saved five lives—actually six. He saved mine too by being in heaven with my son, his cousin Marcus, until I get there. I wish you would have met him for yourself. You would have loved him too, but not as much as me J -Lovingly submitted by Lil’ Robert’s Aunt Sheila