Norfolk – Robert Lee Smithson, 79, passed away December 11, 2011. Born in Virginia, he was the son of the late Noton and Ethel Smithson. Robert retired as the Business Manager with Local #100 Sheet Metal Workers Union. He was very active with Virginia politics during the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Robert will be greatly missed by all.
He leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife of 58 years, Evolyn Smithson; two daughters, Janet Frost and her husband Jack of Norfolk, and Sharon Harker and her husband Joe of Lords Valley, PA; eight grandchildren, Chris, Joey, Jessica, Amanda, Woody, Levi, Jacob, and David; his sister, Virginia Stancil and her husband Ben of Norfolk; his brother, Noton Smithson and his wife Doris of Virginia Beach; and several nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Merline Smithson; his two sons, David and Robert Jr. Smithson; and his two sisters, Gloria Smithson and Emily Gooch.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd in Virginia Beach with Pastor Michael C. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Decemberr 14, at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.