Sterling Smothers

Sterling Smothers

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:46 pm

The Messenger, February 15, 2011
Completed arrangements are being announced for Sterling L. Smothers, 88, of Union City, who died Feb. 12, 2011, at his home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tommy Hall officiating. Burial will follow in East Side Cemetery in Martin.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Mike Thompson, Ted Montgomery, Justin Smothers, Clay Smothers, Tim Quinn and Vic Brown.
He was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Blytheville, Ark., son of the late Gary Smothers and the late Robbie (Alford) Bell. He married the former Mary Lynn Brock Aug. 2, 1941. She died Dec. 30, 1983. He then married the former Opal Parnell in May 1984. She survives. He was a retired barber, a profession he followed for more than 40 years at the former OK Barber Shop and the former Smothers Barber Shop, both in Martin.
He was a member of First Assembly of God in Union City.
He is also survived by his daughter, Jeanette Priest of Austin, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Debbie Smothers of Dover and Don and Lee Smothers of Burna, Ky.; six grandchildren, Justin Smothers of Paris, Sherry Proctor of Nashville, Diane Torres of Orlando, Fla., James Clay Smothers and Kelly Marie Clauson, both of Martin, and Jackie Lyons of Austin; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Phillip Smothers and Larry Smothers, both of Union City, and James Bell of Alabama; five sisters, Vera McDaniel, Madeline Carey, Jan Smothers and Crystal McKeel, all of Union City, and Frances Adams of Humboldt; two stepsons, Walter Busby Jr. of Crossville and Rick Luten of Americus, Ga.; and two stepdaughters, Bobbie Yates of Mayfield, Ky., and Linda Brown of Wingo, Ky.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Audrey Gallimore; his stepson, Wayne Busby; his granddaughter, Valerie Smothers; and his stepmother, Idella Smothers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.

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