4/19 Funeral escort for US Army PFC Bobby B. Smith

GALLUP, NM – The family of US Army PFC Bobby B. Smith is requesting an honor escort on April 19, 2019, Friday.
Funeral services will start at 1000 at the chapel, our beloved soldier will then be laid to rest at his family burial site.

Staging : 1000 at Cope Memorial Chapel, Gallup, NM
KSU: Immediately after service has concluded
Destination: family burial site in ChiChiltah, NM. (30 milles)
Route details: head south on HWY 602 and west onto Cousins Rd, going towards ChiChiltah, NM.

BORN NOVEMBER 12, 1938-DIED APRIL 12, 2019
APRIL 19, 2019 FRIDAY AT 10 AM

Son of the late Buck Chee and Mary Chee Tsosie of Chichiltah, New Mexico. He had eight siblings, seven brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his brothers Jimmie Smith and Nelson Fransisco both of Chichiltah, his children Rena B Smith, Sammy B Smith, and Junior B Smith of Red Rock, 16 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Sammie DuBoise, Larry DuBoise, Phillup Chee Owens, Benny Chee, sister Eleanor H. Chee, and 2 grandchildren.

He served in the United States Army and received an honorary discharge on July 31, 1965. He lived his life after he left the service in Chichiltah, New Mexico right next to his mother Mary, brother Nelson and his family, and his brothers Larry and Sammie and their family. He was a rancher, a farmer, he was a bareback rider in the rodeo world, he worked at and retired from Gallup Saddle Shop in Gallup, New Mexico. He was a reborn Christian and had utmost faith in his Lord and Savior. His favorite verses were John 3:16 and Psalms 23. He was well know as he attended many church events and always made sure to be a lighthouse of our Heavenly father as he encouraged all his loved ones, friends, and strangers to find God. He was greatly proud of his service to his country and had many stories to share of his days away from home overseas. Family and faith was of great importance to him. He was an amazing man that made sure he helped others for he had a great heart, he made sure everyone he came into contact with left with a hug and a prayers, and was of utmost importance to tell his loved ones he loved them.

After the funeral services, there will be a 21 gun salute for him at Cope Memorial Chapel and folding of his flag. The Vanderwagen Fire Department Chief Johnathan Nathan and his crew and the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders will escort him home to Chichiltah for burial. Burial is right across the road from my Mother Bessie DuBoises and uncle Nelson Fransisco’s homes 1/4 mile south of the Chichiltah Jones Ranch Community School. Just south of where Bobby made his home where his beloved home still stands. Reception will follow at the Chichiltah Chapter house off of Jones Ranch Road.