OBITUARY

Darlene Smitherman

December 2, 1952March 14, 2021

Darlene Smitherman, age 68, of Montevallo, Alabama, passed away on March 14, 2021. Darlene was a lifelong educator, whether teaching at Thompson Elementary School, Children's Church or Sunday School. She was also a loving wife and a tremendous mother, not just to her own children but to anyone who needed her support. Her proudest accomplishment was earning her Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Montevallo even as she was working and raising teenagers. She was a volunteer for the Silver Club at Montevallo First Baptist Church. Darlene used her impressive sewing skills to donate over 1000 masks, fidget mats for seniors with dementia, and clothes for children in need. She was a sweet lady with a zest for life. She had a gift for organizing and planning events. Her personality allowed her to make authentic connections with all who knew her. She helped us all to see the positive aspects of life even in the midst of struggles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Pat Lucas and Jewel Marie Melton Lucas. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Kenneth O'Neal Smitherman; daughters, Lynette Peete (Ben) and Pamela Leonard (Ryan); grandchildren, Jess Peete (Frank Nicoletti), Neal Peete, Sara Peete, DJ Leonard, and Izzy Leonard; sisters, Jenny Arthur (Delbert), Patricia Boyd (Kenneth) and Donna Tonnemacher (Floyd); brother, Gary Lucas (Beverly); and a host of nieces and nephews, each of which held a special place in her heart.

A private family graveside service will be held at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Randolph, Alabama, with Dr. Terry Sutton to officiate. Any invited guests should wear masks and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be directed to Montevallo First Baptist Church, 660 Main Street, Montevallo, AL 35115.

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Kki Smthermsn

March 17, 2021

Darlene was such a caring, loving , and giving sweet lady. If you never had a chance to meet her, you certainly missed seeing a beautiful lady. She will definitely be missed by everyone. Our sympathy and prayers go out to each of the family members. Love to all.

Tommie and Leslie Harrison

March 17, 2021

We are sad to know that Darlene has left this good earth, but we know that God has welcomed her to her heavenly home. She was a wonderful person, sister, wife, mother, and friend. We enjoyed our years of working with her at Thompson Elementary, and she was a really good teacher. She lived a good life, serving others and God. May God bless you all at this time of loss.

Laura Jones

March 15, 2021

She was like a second mother to me in high school. Always caring and ready to listen to you. Over the last 4 years her family have become my second family. And I have enjoyed seeing them all at Birthday parties, gotcha parties ,sporting events and babysitting the kids together. Darlene was loved by so many. I will truly miss her smiling face. Sending love and prayers to her family!

Ann Shepard-Curl

March 15, 2021

The best memories I have is knowing that I had a family outside of my own where I could go (and my brother) to be safe and hang out with my best friend and enjoy life. I don't know how many times that I was included in beach trips and just family times. Mama Darlene will be forever in my memories and heart and I am so sorry for her passing. All my love.

Lynette Peete

March 15, 2021

Rachea Simms

March 15, 2021

Darlene was such a special lady
She loved and cared for EVERYONE

Suzanne Botta

March 15, 2021

I remember Mrs smitherman very well. She was a very nice & kind teacher.

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FROM THE FAMILY