Clifford "Ken" Kenner Smith Jr.
June 5, 1943 – July 9, 2021
On Friday, July 9, 2021, longtime Mobile resident Ken Smith passed away. He was born in Baton Rouge, LA on June 5, 1943 and moved to Denham Springs, LA at the age of 5. He attended Denham Springs High School and graduated in 1961. After a semester of attendance at Southeastern University in Hammond, LA, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed in the 2789th USAF Field Hospital at Brookley AFB in Mobile, AL. Following several years of service at Brookley he was deployed to Tachikawa Airfield near Tokyo, Japan in 1964.
Following his deployment he was honorably discharged from service in 1965 and returned to Mobile to marry his sweetheart Frances Cowley in January 1966. They were happily married for 48 years and raised 2 children together. Soon after their wedding they headed off to Auburn University so Ken could study to be a pharmacist. After many years of hard work he graduated in 1971 and moved back to Mobile to begin business as a pharmacist. He owned and ran numerous independent drug stores throughout his career in the Mobile area including St. Stephens Drugs in Toulminville, Prescription Center in Prichard, Medical Village Pharmacy in Chickasaw, Dan’s Drug Store in Mobile, and Caffey’s Pharmacy in Eight Mile. Ken also managed the Winn Dixie Pharmacy at Government and Catherine Streets in Mobile for over 10 years.
Throughout his life Ken was a member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church, Crichton Optimist Club, Order of Inca, and Lifetime Member of the Auburn University Alumni Association. Ken is preceded in death by his wife Frances Cowley Smith, and son CK Smith. He is survived by his daughter Kelly Smith of Mobile, sister Ann Lodwick of Mobile, and sister-in-law Miriam Cowley Evans of Mobile. Ken will be remembered for his loving kindness and generosity for his family and countless lifelong friends.
A visitation will be Wednesday, July 14 from 5pm - 8pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 15 at 10am, both at Pine Crest Cemetery in Mobile, AL.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021