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John Robert “Bubba” Smith
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory
John Robert “Bubba” Smith
John Robert “Bubba” Smith, 70, of Statesboro, Ga., died on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at Memorial Hospital with his family at his side.
    He is predeceased by his parents, John and Martha (Dolly) Smith; and sister, Anne Wayne.
    He is survived by two daughters, Rose Smith, Newnan, Ga.; and Shanna Smith, Statesboro, Ga.;  brother, Father Joseph Smith, Savannah, Ga.; sister, Mary (Gary) Johnson, Savannah, Ga.
    He served one tour of duty in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a specialist fourth class.  He graduated from Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, N.C., with a degree in criminal justice. He worked for the Georgia State Department of Pardons and Paroles and retired after 29 years of service as a senior parole officer.
    He was an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Statesboro. He served on St. Matthew Parish Board and was a Eucharist minister. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as a member of the board of directors for Bulloch County’s Habitat for Humanity. He was a longtime volunteer for Worn Threads in Statesboro. He volunteered not only physically for the Carmelite Monastery but also active in fund-raising efforts for the sisters.
    Visitation will be held on Wednesday at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.
    The funeral mass will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church with Father Doug Clark officiating. His burial will be private and held at a later date with internment in Honey Creek Woodlands, Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Ga.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Carmelite Monastery, 11 West Back Street, Savannah, GA 31419.
    The family would like to express their gratitude to both Dr. Jennifer Yeh and Dr. Thomas Hogan Jr. for their many years of dedicated medical service.
    Friends may sign the online register book at
    Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home & Crematory of Statesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Statesboro Herald, September 11, 2018
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