Longview husband, father killed in DPS chase

By Layron Livingston - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TEXAS (KLTV) - Robert Smith was a die-hard Aggie's fan; he was a member of the Texas A&M Corp of Cadets; he studied chemical engineering and later graduated from university. He married Lynn Smith more than 30 years ago and raised three boys (two have already graduated from A&M, and the baby boy is expected to finish in a few short semesters).

Smith retired from Eastman Chemical in Longview just a few short years ago, but occasionally did some contract work with the company. He was on his way to the plant when his Honda Accord was T-boned by a speeding pick-up truck.

Authorities said Smith more than likely died on impact.

Rick Servatius had already made it to work when he got news of the accident.

Rick is Robert's brother-in-law. "They don't make them any better," he said. "It's going to be a big loss."

Rick described his brother as a mild-mannered, respected, well-liked family-man who loved the 'cathedral' of the golf course.

"The only thing that might make [Bobby] change from going to one mass to another, was tee time," he said.

"We just don't know when we're going to be called," said Tom Fanning. Fanning attends St. Mary's Catholic Church in Longview with the Bobby. The two are also golfing buddies.

"The family will pull together from this."

Rick said he hasn't had time to think about the driver who caused the accident. Charles Ray Owens, 37, was running from DPS troopers when he drove through a light and crashed into Bobby Smith.

"It's going to be harder before it gets easier," said Rick.

Rick recalled playing football with his brother-in-law, nieces, and nephews last Thanksgiving. He said this year's holiday will be filled with memories.

"It won't be the same," he said.

Bobby recently purchased a lake property near College Station.  His sons now live across the state and he wanted to have a central meeting place where they could all meet and be together as a family.

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