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Longtime Tennessee Broadcaster Passes Away.

October 11, 2012
By Greg Bradley of TennesseeSportsNet/WAXO Radio TV

I will miss my friend Bob Smartt Owner/General Manager of WAXO Radio/TV in Lewisburg, Tennessee. Bob came to the station in 1980. I had the honor to work with Bob at WAXO for over ten years. He was like a brother to me. We also shared an apartment during those years.


Bob was the type of guy that never met a stranger. He had thousands of friends, a lot of which tuned into him each and every day on WAXO 1220AM/95.9FM. As one person put it when Bob bought the station he sometime let advertisers ride if they were having a tough time and couldn't pay. 

I was there when WAXO helped tornado victims in Cornersville. We held Red Cross Blood Drives and had more participates than the stations in Nashville.

Bob & his wife Sharrin continued there great work after I left the station, but I always stayed in touch.

I will miss my friend greatly and will always remember those great times we had in the last 32-years.

Bob passed away Tuesday October 9 at St Thomas Hospital following open-heart surgery. I visited him Saturday and he seemed to be on his way to recovery. Got a report he was better Sunday and starting to eat more Monday. But something happened early Tuesday morning and doctors could not revive him. He died around 4:00AM from a possible blood clot.

From WAXO:

General All TopicsBobby Louis Smartt, age 58 passed away Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Bob was a native of Lincoln County, Tennessee but had spent the past 30+ years in Lewisburg.

He was the son of the late Robert Smartt and Mardell Smartt. He was preceded in death by his older brother Phillip Smartt. 

Bob Smartt 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. Bob was instrumental in raising over a million dollars for various civic groups, school groups and charities over the past 20 years. He was named “Citizen of the Year” in 2012 by the Lewisburg Elks Lodge. 

Bob was a devoted member of the Berean Baptist Church, where he also played piano and was the church videographer. According to Jeanne Kay “It’s a great day in Heaven”.

Survivors include his wife Sharrin Lusco-Smartt of Lewisburg; 5 children,
Terri Lynn Berry (and Husband Scott Shoemake), Huntsville, AL; Robert Eric Smartt, Madison, AL; Jeff Carter of Lewisburg; Jennifer “Pie” Carter of LaPorte, Indiana; Sarah Smartt of LaPorte Indiana and Jeanne Kay Smartt of Lewisburg. 

Six Grandchildren Aaron Berry, Raven Smartt, Savannah Smartt, Avery Carter, Ethan Carter and Paxton Martinez. Numerous nieces and nephews.

He is survived by two Sisters, Jackie Hamlin of Fayetteville and Connie Mayhall of Huntsville.

Funeral Services will be conducted by Bro. Rick Stephens, Pastor Tim Atkisson, Pastor Rocky Cunningham and Bro. James Kinslow.

Visitation with the family will be conducted Thursday, October 11th from 2-8pm at Lifesong Family Church, 1041 So. Ellington Parkway and then again at 10 am Friday morning until the service time. Funeral Services are planned for 12:20 pm Friday, October 12th at Lifesong Family Church. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Pallbearers: Ronnie “Ronald” Robinson, Troy Cashion, Scoop Troop, Lanny Bradford, Bobby Hurt, Greg Bradley, David Orr and Norman Dalton. 

Honorary Pallbearers: Joe Boyd Liggett, Chris Gilbert, Todd Ferguson, Hunter Ferguson, and Possum Trot Bubba and all WAXO Employees past and present. 

In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Jeanne Kay Smartt at Bank of America or Heritage South Community Credit Union. 

Bills McGaugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

One person posted this on WAXO Facebook:

Bob Smartt came to me looking for a job in 1980 when we had just put WAXO on the air. I liked him instantly due to his enthusiasm, fabulous voice and infectious personality. He was an instant on-air hit as others discovered what had also impressed me so much on that first meeting. You could not help but love Bob Smartt. He was one of the best communicators I know. He loved everybody and everybody loved him. His interest in and concern for his fellow man was genuine and apparent at all times. He chose often to run advertising for a loyal customer even when they couldn't pay just to help them and their business. Nobody knows the benevolence he extended. We have all lost a center of love and influence that will be impossible to replace. My thoughts, prayers and heart goes out to his wife Sharin and his children who he absolutely adored. I shall miss you my dear friend. Enjoy your much deserved rest.

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