Bobby Louis Smartt

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bobby Louis Smartt, 58, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Bob was a native of Lincoln County, but had spent the past 30-plus years in Lewisburg. He was the son of the late Robert Smartt and Mardell Smartt.

Bob was the owner and general manager of WAXO 1220 AM, FM and WAXO TV in Lewisburg. He was a graduate of the Tennessee Institute of Broadcasting. He was instrumental in raising over a million dollars for various civic groups, school groups and charities over the past 20 years. The Lewisburg Elks Lodge named him "Citizen of the Year" in 2012. Bob was a devoted member of the Berean Baptist Church, where he also played piano and was the church videographer. According to his daughter Jeanne Kay, "It's a great day in Heaven."

In addition to his parents, a brother, Phillip Smartt, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Sharrin Lusco-Smartt of Lewisburg; six children, Terri Lynn (Scott Shoemake) Berry of Huntsville, Ala., Robert Eric Smartt of Madison, Ala., Jeff Carter of Lewisburg, Jennifer "Pie" Carter and Sarah Smartt, both of LaPorte, Ind., and Jeanne Kay Smartt of Lewisburg. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Aaron Berry, Raven Smartt, Savannah Smartt, Avery Carter, Ethan Carter, and Paxton Martinez; two sisters, Jackie Hamlin of Fayetteville and Connie Mayhall of Huntsville, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Smartt will be held at 12:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at LifeSong Family Church, 1041 South Ellington Parkway with Bros. Rick Stephens, Tim Atkisson, Rocky Cunningham and James Kinslow officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Visitation with the family will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Serving as pallbearers are Ronald "Ronnie" Robinson, Troy Cashion, Scoop Troop, Lanny Bradford, Bobby Hurt, Greg Bradley, David Orr and Norman Dalton.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Boyd Liggett, Chris Gilbert, Todd Ferguson, Hunter Ferguson, Possum Trot Bubba, and all WAXO employees both past and present.

In lieu of flowers, suggestions are made for the following: contributions in the name of Jeanne Kay Smartt at Bank of America or Heritage Community South Credit Union, or the Bob Smartt Memorial Fund from Berean Baptist Church, in care of First Commerce Bank.

Condolences of sympathy may be sent to

Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.