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JAMES ROBERT "BOB" SMITH, 76, died March 1, 2002,
after a long illness with Alzheimer's.
James was born Aug. 20, 1925, to Homer and Sara
Smith. He was raised in Ranger, TX & graduated
from the University of Tulsa. He played cornerback
for the NFL Champion Detroit Lions in 1952 and 1953,
and is the holder of the world record interception
run-back for touchdown of 102 yards vs. Chicago
Bears in 1949. He was a successful businessman and
a beloved husband and father. "If life gives you
lemons - make lemonade."
Survivors at the time of his death: brothers, Major
General Homer D. Smith (retired, RHS-1938) and David
James Smith (RHS-1944) & wife; Patricia Feeney Smith;
daughters, Susan Brown and Carole Maclean; son, Brent
Smith; grandchildren, David, Willie, Maggie, Kate,
Miranda, Jacy and Blain. He also had a brother,
William Smith (RHS-1940).