Douglas Leon Smothers, 88, of Mount Vernon, Illinois, passed away at his residence with his Partner-in-Christ, Sherry Bumpus, in attendance at 10:10 A.M. June 10, 2018. He was born September 29, 1929 in Winston County, Alabama to the late Grady Leo and Katie Lee (Fincher) Smothers. Douglas first married Alberta Woods on April 4, 1954. She preceded him in death on March 24, 1982. He later married Dorothy Hodge on May 27, 1984. She preceded him in death on January 25, 2011.
Douglas is survived by his daughter, Deborah Smith and husband, James of Lawrenceville, Illinois; sisters, Dean Wigand and Betty Dove, both of Battle Creek, Michigan; brother, Roland Smothers and wife, Martha of Florida; son-in-law, Randall Brewer of Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Rachel Long of Mount Vernon, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Ruth Smothers and Dian Smothers, both of Battle Creek, Michigan; grandchildren, Sheila Scherer Guzman, Jared Smith, Benjamin Smith, Jason Smith, Randall Brewer, Billy Tom King, Ronda McDowell, Melody Wilson, Rodney King, and Dwayne Long; one great-grandchild; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wives and parents, Douglas was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracey Brewer; stepchildren, Bill Horsley and wife, Margie, Thomas Long, and Betty King and husband, Bill; brothers, Roy Smothers and J.W. Smothers.
Douglas proudly served his country in the United States Army 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War. He was later employed by McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics Company of Saint Louis for 34 years. Douglas was a member of West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, Mississippi Valley Lodge 1009, I.O.O.F. of Dupo, and Jefferson County Historical Society. He was awarded the Senior Saints Award in 2005. Douglas was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Per his wishes, there will be no public services held. An inurnment will take place at a later date at Valhalla Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Douglas’ honor to the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church.