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Donald "Don" E. Smith

Donald "Don" E. Smith, 78 of Albany, died Sunday, January 9, 2022 at his residence. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Beacon Baptist Church, Albany, GA.

Born in Baker County Mr. Smith had lived in Albany since 1975. He retired from Dougherty County School System after thirty-one years as the Bus Shop Supervisor. He was a member of Sherwood Baptist Church. Mr. Smith loved the outdoors, he was a hunter, fisherman, an all-around handyman, also a very talented craftsman. His biggest love was his family and he also loved helping others, Mr. Smith took pride in everything he did. He will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gloria D. Smith, his daughters, Gloria Jean Smith, Donna Marie Ingram, grandchildren, Wayne Pridgen (Donna), Jesse Griffin (Kayla), Melissa Ingram, Jessica Potter (Wesley), ten great grandchildren, and his sister Nel Gardner.

The family will receive fiends Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Beacon Baptist Church from 11:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to Phoebe Hospice 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.


Gloria, Jeanne, and Donna, the Lord called upon our Uncle Don and we are truly sorry for your loss.

Jesus once said to Martha - Even tho we die - We shall also live. We will always remember the Lord's gift of Uncle Don's life and his time that was granted on this earth to share together with family and friends. Uncle Don will continue to live in our hearts.

He leaves behind a legacy of goodness, kindness, compassion, influence, and testimony of his faith. He was truly blessed with so many gifts. He had such a passion for life and his family.

Aunt Gloria, your trips to San Antonio were always a blessing. Your visits gave us a chance to slow down and just enjoy catching up with each other, hunting for treasures in various Antique Stores, and the wonderful gatherings at our house for the unforgettable BBQ's - filled with laughter. These memories will forever be a part of us.

Don is "Home" now - in the Lord's Kingdom and this is comforting to our hearts.

May the Lord's "Peace" be with you, Jeanne, and Donna.

Steve and Alva Jan 17 2022 4:52 PM

Aunt Gloria, Jeanie and Donna:

We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Uncle Don so very much. I have a lot of great memories about growing up living next door. No matter what he was always around with that sweet goofy smile that always made me laugh. Scalloping in Florida comes to mind as well as the time he shot the shark off the boat. We really enjoyed our visits to New Mexico with Mom and Dad and the whole gang. Oh, how my mom loved him. I also loved his handy work. I've got that little outhouse with the questionable gentleman inside. He had such a sense of quiet humor. We will keep you all in our hearts during these quiet days.

Much love,
Tracy, Chris, Will and Cooper.

Tracy Denise Anderson Jan 16 2022 12:45 PM


Paula Serna Jan 16 2022 11:47 AM

Dear Aunt Gloria, Jeanne and Donna,
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel at Uncle Don's passing. You all are in our prayers during this difficult time. We have so many memories of you all and it is hard to think he will not be with us. We are grateful for the time we were able to spend with you all and will cherish these times in our hearts.
I cannot begin to describe how much I will miss him and how much I loved him. As I think back to all the times we were together there are a few that stand out in my mind that I wanted to share. I remember being very pregnant with RJ and you all were here and we went to the Grist Mill to have lunch. I remember when we went to Anna's wedding and we all went fishing out on the boat and you let RJ and Luke "drive" the boat and they loved it. You taught RJ to say "howdy" when he was so little and he still says that to this day! I remember all the visits you made to our house in San Antonio and how much you would help out - from installing light fixtures, to helping Robert find things at Home Depot, to helping paint things. I have the wonderful shelf you built for me and your signature is on the back. I have some small wooden toys you made the boys that say "Made especially for Luke or made especially for RJ by Uncle Donald Duck." Lastly but certainly not all, I remember how you were with my mom and dad as my dad was passing as well and you would sit in that very hot room with him, watching old TV shows. I can never express my gratitude at your presence during that time.
These are things I hold in my heart that stay with me. I am so grateful I was able to see you right after Christmas . My heart will forever miss you, and I will remember the blessing that was knowing you.
Accept our sympathies and know we are praying for peace and comfort during this time.
All our love,
Robert, Paula, RJ, and Luke Serna

Paula Serna Jan 16 2022 11:42 AM

I am so sorry for your loss Donna and family. My prayers are with you.love you Nancy meadows

Nancy Meadows Jan 10 2022 3:07 PM

Dear Aunt Gloria, Jeanne, Donna & family-
We are heartbroken for you in the loss of our beloved Uncle Don. I will always remember his kindness, friendliness, generosity, & good humor. Praying for you to have peace & be comforted in the coming days.

Ronnie Dorminey Jan 10 2022 11:48 AM

Don was loved by many. He was a good head mechanic at Newton Road Bus Shop. Praying for Gloria and her girls.

Jean Jan 9 2022 7:45 PM

Uncle Don, I loved you very much and will miss you. I will always remember how much you loved my Aunt Gloria and your girls. You were a kind and gentle man and you are precious to our family.

Kelly Jan 9 2022 6:04 PM