Charles  Douglas  Smith,  78,  formerly  of the Dodson
Branch  Community  in  Cookeville,  Tennessee graduated
into  heaven Tuesday,  August  2,  2016  after  battling with
dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.  

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
was he.  

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,
Michigan.

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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