Robert Ellis Smith III was born on February 16, 1995, to Robert E. "Rob" and Sheri Smith. He was the couple's first child, and they went on to have two more children after him. Not much else is known about his childhood.
On February 9, 2017, an episode of the UpTV show Bringing Up Bates, which focuses on Tori's family, featured Bobby asking Tori to enter an official courtship with him. The two met through a mutual friend in 2015 and officially began courting in November of 2016.
On September 21, 2017, Bobby and Tori announced that they were engaged. Bobby proposed at Wiseman's View, a scenic overlook in North Carolina.
On December 16, 2017, Bobby married Tori Bates at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN. His groomsmen were his future brothers-in-law Zach, Lawson, Nathan, and Trace Bates, Chad Paine, and Evan Stewart, and his friends Dillon Richards, Johnathan Rasmussen, and Samuel Fuller. His sister Catherine Smith was among the bridesmaids, and his cousins Grace and Cole Renner were a flower girl and ringbearer.
The couple spent two days in Gatlinburg, TN, before flying out to California for their honeymoon.
On May 10, 2018, Bobby and Tori announced they are expecting their first child, who is due in November 2018.
On June 21, 2018, Bobby and Tori announced that they were having a boy, Robert Ellis Smith IV, who would be called Kade.
At 7:45am on November 9, 2018, Bobby's first child, Robert "Kade" Ellis Smith IV, was born at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. He weighed 6 lb and 1 oz and was 18 inches long.
On October 18, 2019, Bobby and Tori announced that they are expecting their second child, a son named Kolter Grey Smith, who is due in April of 2020.
At 4:17pm on March 25, 2020, Bobby's second child, Kolter Gray Smith, was born. He weighed 6 lb and 6 oz. In the birth announcement, Bobby and Tori stated that they decided to change the spelling of Kolter's middle name.
On January 19, 2021, Bobby and Tori announced they are expecting their third child, a daughter named Charlotte Raine Smith, who is due June 2021.
On June 24, 2021, Charlotte Raine was born. She weighed 5lbz 11oz and was 19in long.
On May 8, 2022 (Mother's Day), Bobby and Tori announced they were expecting their fourth child, a daughter, in August 2022.
On August 2, 2022, Cambree Layne was born. She weighed 5lb, 2oz.
Bobby began attending Pensacola Christian College in 2013. While in school, he roomed with Kelton Balka. On May 10, 2017, Bobby graduated with his bachelor's degree in Bible and youth ministry.
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In early 2020, Bobby started working for Tennessee Standard which is owned by his brother in law Kelton Balka.
- best man: his sister-in-law Josie Bates's wedding to Kelton Balka (10/5/18)
- groomsman: his sister-in-law Carlin Bates's wedding to Evan Stewart (5/25/19)
- pianist: his brother-in-law Lawson Bates's wedding to Tiffany Espensen (5/12/22)
- "Tori's Winter Wonderland Wedding" Bringing Up Bates. UPtv, College Park, 26 Apr. 2018.