July 16, 1989 ~ August 8, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Robert Henry Smith Wimsatt, III, 31, of Owensboro passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 16, 1989 to the late Robert Henry, II and Dottie Smith. Robert was a social worker for Ireland Home Based Services. He was also a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Robert enjoyed poetry, cooking, singing, dancing, and helping people. He was a writer, thespian, artist, LGBT, social worker, spiritual, cultural critic, chef, teacher, and student.

Along with his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sheila (Hershel) Smith and Willie Mae Wimsatt; his uncle, John Winstead; and his aunt, Paulet Smith.

Robert is survived by his siblings, Tiffany Riley, Emerly Marlisha Smith of Lexington, Kentucky, and Chad Smith; a special aunt, Sylvia Long; a special cousin, Tasia Smith; his aunts, Sharon Thomas, JoAnn Wimsatt, Janice (Central) Holman, and Tara Smith; his uncles, Charles Howell, Ronnie Johnson, and James Smith; his best friend, Justin Acton; 3 nieces and 8 nephews, and many other cousins whom he dearly loved.

Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Visitation will be from the end of service to 1:00 pm. Services will be live streamed on Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory’s Facebook page. All those who wish to honor and remember Mr. Wimsatt in person at the visitation or service are required to wear a mask for the safety of all those in attendance.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Wimsatt, III. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Robert Henry Smith Wimsatt, III and sign his virtual guest book by going to

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  1. I worked with Robert at Ireland Home Based Services for the past 4+ years. He composed a poem we have shared with our team and wanted to share:

    We Are The Rainbow in
    Someone Else’s Cloud
    By: Robert H. Smith
    Inspired by Maya Angelou

    We travel the city highways, and old country road,
    Helping broken families unbare their heavy load.
    We are more than social workers and caseworkers,
    We are teachers, counselors – we’re miracle workers.

    As teachers we help men become fathers to engage,
    Calming down abandoned, abused children’s rage.
    Assisting the homeless to make their house a home,
    Inspiring the jobless that they are not alone.

    In the library, the streets,
    the community, and schools,
    Everywhere we coach,
    model lessons of life’s rules.
    Giving services to girls who suffer
    from domestic violence,
    Granting them a voice in their stillness of silence.

    Whenever the dawn becomes darkness of night,
    We are the beacons of faith, hope, and light.
    Anytime the world is full of chaos and so loud,
    We are the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

    A wonderful poem by Robert that embodies what he and we do everyday. From IHBS: our thoughts go out to Robert’s family and friends…he will be dearly missed.

  2. I had the pleasure of getting to know Robert through our time together as students at Kentucky Wesleyan. He was always smiling and so kind. His friends and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. I went to KWC with Robert and had the pleasure of working with him at IHBS. He was an advocate and champion for his beliefs when striving to help others. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

    Cathy Fitzhugh
    Cornerstone Counseling of Indiana

  4. My family and I worked with Robert through IHBS. He was such an inspiration to me and has always been a positive light during our darkest days. He will truly be missed. I will always remember him as an earthly angel of encouragement sent to me. He was always helpful and kind and went above the call of duty as a social worker. He gave 100% and I know he is now enjoying his eternal reward in heaven. Rest In Peace sweet Robert our friend!

  5. Robert was such a beautiful kind spirit. May his spirit rest peacefully! 🙏🏿

    I Always Hate To Say Goodbye Again
    by Robert Henry Smith III

    I know I can always never deny,
    Because I know, I hate to say, “Goodbye.”
    But I know I cannot ever pretend,
    Why does it always come my friend?

    It seems just like the other day,
    Whenever I saw you going my way.
    We met one another just saying, “Hey”,
    We swore we’d keep in touch for always.

    Together it seems the longer we stay,
    The harder it becomes to go our way.
    I hope we will meet, again someday,
    Until then I will just wait, & pray.

    Praying that no harm comes to you,
    I wish you the best, in all that you do.
    Whatever in your life, you go through,
    Know that I will remain, here for you.

    I will smile away my last tearful cry,
    I always hate to have to realize why.
    I’m praying this is not our final end.
    I always hate to say, “Goodbye, again!”

  6. While I never had the pleasure to meet Robert in person, we spoke several times because I am the CASA assigned to a case for which Robert was a counselor. I appreciated his insights and caring attitude. I am sorry for his family’s loss.

  7. My thoughts are with all Robert’s family and friends. I worked with him at IHBS and I’m just in disbelief. We talked every time we were in the office together. He would laugh so hard at me but he always had a way of making things sound simple in our line of business. Such a sweet soul!! My prayers are with you all. Rest high Robert!

  8. Thanks for always making us laugh! Your smile was contagious & I’ll always remember you. Prayers to all those who loved you. Fly high Robert!

  9. Robert was like a star – a light to those during dark times.

    He had a contagious laugh and was always making others laugh, as well. Robert and I shared a case together at Ireland Home Based Services and he was such a great person to do so with.

    He had a knack for coming up with creative ideas and was always sharing inspirations on our IHBS Group Chat thread. I will miss Robert so much, but I will never forget him. He loved helping others and I am making it my duty to live out a legacy for Robert, by helping others and being a servant to humanity, just like he was.

  10. You will always be in my heart, and eventually we will see each other once again.
    You did indeed bring “flavor” to my life.

    It’s never goodbye.

  11. Robert is a beautiful soul! I am just seeing this and I am utterly sad. We worked together at Ireland. He and I would always try to have lunch together. His laugh always made my day brighter as I know it did for many others. He was genuine and true! What a blessing to have got to meet him!!!

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