Robert Noah Smith, 70

Robert Noah Smith, 70, of Millsboro, Del., passed away unexpectedly, at home, on Jan. 23, 2019. He was born Aug. 12, 1948, to the late Noah B. Smith and Florence Virginia Smith, in Lewes, Del.

Smith was a graduate of Sussex Central High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married Patricia Mitchell in 1969, and together they raised three children. He served as a corrections officer, ultimately becoming the manager of the farming operations of Sussex Correctional Institution. He retired after 29-and-a-half years of service.

He enjoyed rabbit hunting for many years with his kids. He loved sports and was very active coaching Little League at Georgetown and traveling with softball teams.

Smith was ornery, but fun! He took care of many cats. He never had a problem telling you “the way it was,” yet was always only a phone call away if anyone needed help. He loved to go with his grandkids to the movies and watch their sporting events. He was an avid Ravens and Orioles fan, and thought of himself as politically astute.

Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 2004, and a brother, Donald Smith. He is survived by his children, Robert N. “Robbie” Smith II and his wife, Joy, Lori Bishop and her husband, Rick, and Christopher Smith and his wife, Leigh Ann; a sister, Jo Ellen Tracey and her husband, Bill; a brother, Tony Smith; eight grandchildren, Alex Smith, Morgan Smith, Emily Smith, Carter Smith, Mady Smith, Hope Smith, Trey Bishop and Lilly Bishop; a special friend, Maude Baker; many other extended family members and friends; and his special “softball friends.”

Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with visitation and calling hours from 11 a.m. until the memorial service at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Larry Lilly officiating. Interment was to follow at a later and private time, in Henlopen Memorial Park. Floral tributes were welcome, as were memorial donations to Rowan Softball Athletics (online at Condolences may be sent online at