Charles Douglas Smith, 78, formerly of the Dodson
Branch Community in Cookeville, Tennessee graduated
into heaven Tuesday, August 2, 2016 after battling with
Charles “Doug” was born to Frank Smith and June
Thomas on October 28, 1937 in Oak Hill, West Virginia
where he was raised. The family relocated to Detroit,
Michigan and in 1956 Doug became active in the U.S.
Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Arcadia. While he
was in the Navy, Doug met his future wife, Marilyn Lane
and communicated primarily by written correspondence.
The two continued to court and on October 27, 1958 were
united in marriage.
Two days after the wedding, General Motors Corporation
employed Doug where he would spend the next 31 years
as a crane operator. On August 12, 1962, Doug
surrendered his heart and life to Christ, a decision that
would forever change him and his descendents. At that
point, he became hungry for God’s Word and eager to
serve in the local church, Ryan Road Baptist Church of
Warren, Michigan. He served in many roles including
deacon, treasurer, children’s departments, choir, among
others. You could say if there was ever a “faithful” man, it
Following retirement in 1989, Doug and Marilyn chose to
move to Cookeville, Tennessee as they had always
dreamed of living in the warmer south and wanted to be
near some long-time friends. It was there Doug did what
he was passionate about so he opened a small business
called “Doug’s Small Engine Repair” fixing and repairing
engines. He was not afraid of hard work! He loved to visit
people and give them the gospel of Christ, “for it is the
power of God unto salvation, to everyone that believeth”.
Doug and Marilyn joined Bible Baptist Church in 1992 and
became actively involved serving in different roles but
primarily music. He loved the old hymns and continued
to use his voice for the Lord.
Among Doug’s other favorite things to do were eating out,
hiking, camping, fishing, boating and gardening and
travelling to visit his kinfolk. In August of 2012, Doug and
Marilyn moved to central Florida in order to be closer to
family who could care for them on a daily basis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Smith
and June Whitfield, stepmother Natilla Smith, sister Donna
Abdennour, and brother Dick Smith among many uncles,
aunts and cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Smith whom he dearly
loved, his two children, Rhonda Schirle of Orlando, Florida
and William Smith of Denver, Colorado, four
grandchildren, Jeremy Schirle (Tampa), Janae Schirle
(Orlando), Neikel Smith Gomez, Krisha Smith (Denver)
and three great grandchildren, Connor Gomez, Jayden
Schirle and Israela Schirle. Also included are his brother
John Smith from Fayetteville, West Virginia and family,
and his stepsister Drema Sue Toll and family from Detroit,
Visitation will be held at the Bible Baptist Church, 229 W
Jere Whitson Road, Cookeville, Tennessee on Monday,
August 8, 2016 from 4 P.M. to 8 P.M. A celebration of
life service will also be held at the church on Tuesday
morning, August 9th at 10am. Interment will be following at
the Dodson Branch Cemetery in Jackson County.
Services will be under the direction of Anderson – Upper
Cumberland Funeral Home of Gainesboro, Tennessee.
Flowers or plants are welcome and can be sent to the
funeral home at 2131 South Grundy Quarles Hwy.,
Gainesboro, Tennessee (931) 268-1550.
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