Dr. Robert Smotherman

September 22, 1941 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 78)


Dr. Robert Smotherman, 78, of Bardstown, passed away Wednesday April 29, 2020 at his residence.  He was born September 22, 1941 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, retired superintendent of Bardstown City Schools, founder of Bardstown Foundation For Excellence In Public Education, President of National Association of Year-Round Schools, member of Kiwanis Club, and Bardstown United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School Teacher, Finance Committee Chairman, and always involved.  He loved his family and education.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Ridley and Gene Smotherman.


He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janice Ray Smotherman; four children, Laura (John) King, Susan (Ken) Rapier, Rob (Sarah Hite) Smotherman all of Bardstown, and David (Kristen) Smotherman of Louisville; eleven grandchildren, Robert Ferguson, David Ferguson, Mary Grace Rapier, Will Rapier, Matthew Smotherman, Ava Smotherman, Deven King, Tanner King, Katie Harster, Jack Ballard, and Annie Ballard.


His service will be private with burial in Bardstown Cemetery.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Memorial contributions may go to Flaget Cancer Center, 4359 New Shepherdsville Road, Bardstown, KY 40004 or Bardstown Foundation For Excellence In Public Education, 308 N 5th Street, Bardstown, KY 40004 or Bardstown United Methodist Church, 116 E. Flaget Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004

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