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Ronnie was killed over the weekend in a tragic crash at Rockingham Dragway. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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For myself and so many, Barny Hall was THE VOICE of NASCAR for so many years. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
Below is an small portion of the MRN announcement, you can see it all HERE.
“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that Motor Racing Network must today convey the passing of our friend and colleague, long-time MRN anchor Barney Hall. For many of us in the racing and broadcasting industries, Barney was more than just ‘The Voice’ who brought us the NASCAR action each week on the radio. He was an inspiration, a teacher and mostly, a friend. Barney was a consummate professional whose style and honesty made him one of the most revered voices of the sport and perhaps the most trusted reporter of his day.
“In a world that can have its share of egos, Barney’s humor and humility kept everyone around him firmly grounded. His smooth and easygoing delivery was the mark by which others were measured. His co-anchor, Joe Moore, once commented that ‘Barney was the calming force in the midst of a raging storm and simply by listening to him, you knew there was safe passage through it.’ Barney Hall was the true voice of NASCAR and although his own voice has gone silent, his presence will live on in the many current motor sports broadcasters who learned at the knee of such a great storyteller.”
I know some of you won’t know who I’m talking about, but most all of my local readers will. Bob was a big part of the car community in this area and will greatly be missed.
Obituary of Robert Smith
Robert Alexander Smith, 71, known as “Bob” went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 2, 2015, with his loving family by his side at his home in the Birdtown Community, Cherokee, NC. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy McCoy Smith.
He was an E5 Sgt. Vietnam Veteran serving a total of 3 years in active service (1968 – 1971) including one year in the Vietnam War. During this time he received several recognitions, including medals and badges. He retired after 30+ years from the Cherokee Boys Club where he was the Construction Manager and completed several homes and projects for the EBCI.
Bob was well known for being a “car craftsman” and “sculptor.” He loved his shop where he would be found sitting in his barber chair getting a vision of the many projects he constructed. Bob was known in every state for being Bob as himself and/or the craftsman he was. He was the President and proud member of the Cherokee Rodders Car Club, WNC Truck Club and organized many car shows over the years beginning in the early 80’s. In the early 70’s, he operated Rainbow Raceway, Newport Raceway and Smoky Mountain Raceway; he loved dirt track racing. Bob was simply one of a kind and his smile will never be replaced.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys Reed Griffin and Rass Smith; and brother, John Ross Smith.
In addition to his wife, Bob was survived by one daughter, Bobbi Lynn Smith of Cherokee and one son, Travis Kent Smith and his wife Kelly Cleona Smith and three grandsons: Zachary Alexander Smith, Kenton Rayce Smith and Koen Dash Smith who always called him “Pops.” He will be greatly missed by a host of close friends, in-laws, and all others who knew him. The pallbearers will be members of the Cherokee Rodders Car Club and WNC Truck Club.
The family will be holding a visitation at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City, NC from 6 to 10 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Bo Parris at 10:00 am on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Crisp Funeral Home with burial at the Bird Hill Road Cemetery located on Adams Creek with military graveside rights conducted by the Steve Youngdeer American Legion Post # 143.
Rest In Piece George Barris, the king of customs.