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Robert Smith

May 8, 1938 — January 2, 2021

Robert Tilden Smith, 82, of Kerrville, Texas passed away at home on January 2, 2021.\r\n\r\nHe was born in Birmingham, Alabama May 8, 1938 to Hoyt Smith and Mary Lou Robinson. He was married to Linda Sweeney Smith on April 18, 1998 in Houston.\r\n\r\nTilden attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. From there, he entered the United States Navy and was a Fire Control Technician. At the time he separated from the Navy, he was a Petty Officer 2nd class. (FT2 E5 over achiever). In addition, he was awarded the good conduct ribbon.\r\n\r\nAfter his service in the Navy, he entered the University of Alabama at Birmingham.\r\n\r\nHe worked as a parts puller and was released by the union for being too good and pulling too many parts during his shifts. This is a testament to his lifelong work ethic. \r\n\r\nHe had a long prestigious career as Vice President at the Lynn Elliot Company of Houston, Texas. He then went on to organize the entry of the Swiss UPS company Gutor to the US. In the process, he made lifelong friends in Switzerland and Germany. After his retirement from Gutor, he became a highly sought-after consultant. This kept him busy traveling the US and the world, growing business for many companies.\r\n\r\nTilden was active in sports all his life. He was involved with football as a youth and was the Booster Club President for Elsik High School during his son Greg's junior and senior years. He enjoyed playing tennis, golf and pickleball.\r\n\r\nAside from his love for his family, he was passionate about cars. He was a member of the Porsche Club and the neighborhood car club, organizing the monthly drives.\r\n\r\nHe was preceded in death by his father Hoyt, mother Mary Lou, and his brother Gary Smith.\r\n\r\nHe is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda Sweeney Smith, his three children from his previous marriage to Sara Lee Stokes Smith; his son Greg Smith (Vanessa), son Chris Smith (Debbie), daughter Tracy Campbell (Alex), as well as Linda's children John Fuex (Athena), and James Fuex (Julie), his sister Marice Vanderver (Jerry), nephew Jonathon Banai, grandchildren Allison (Nikki), Wesley Fuex, Audrey Fuex, Julian, Michelle (Jim), Lisa, Aaron (Sarah), Dannielle (Randy), and numerous great-grandchildren.\r\n\r\nMemorial services are pending for the spring.\r\n\r\nIn lieu of flowers, we appreciate your support to the charities https://thewayoutfitters.com/, providing activities for disabled children and veterans, or https://wildlife-rescue.org/.

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