September 22, 1935 – September 30, 2019
Duwane Smith left this life on September 30, 2019, to be with the Lord. He had lived a full life as a military man and a Veterans Administration employee, but primarily, as a devoted husband and father and grandfather. Duwane was born September 22, 1935. He joined the Air force in June 1954 and served until his retirement in 1979, responding to the call of his country in a variety of duties and in fields near and far: Korea, Japan, Guam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Dominican Republic, South Africa, England, and Germany. While in England he met the love of his life, Sadie, whom he married in 1961. After retirement, Duwane accepted a position with the Veterans Administration in Montgomery, AL, and performed a variety of duties from computer programming to industrial engineering. After retirement with twenty-three years of service to the VA, Duwane settled in Wetumpka with Sadie, whom he loved beyond measure, and enjoyed his life of reading, landscaping, and gardening. His particular delight was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Duwane is survived by his wife, Sadie W. Smith, and his children David Smith, Darrell Smith (Heather), Keely Smith, and Dahlia Smith Davis (Paul). Grandchildren are Hunter Smith (Ballard), Hollan Smith (Hoke), Grace Davis, Paul Haigler Davis, Andrew Williams (Grace), Lauren Shoupe (David), Hasten Williams (Mary), and great grandchildren Decatur and John David Shoupe.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019, with visitation beginning at noon. The family request business casual attire with no ties.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the American Cancer Society or Parkinson’s Foundation.
- Celebration of Life Service Monday, October 7, 2019
- Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
John Van Roo
October 8, 2019
Duwane was a great neighbor and his family was part of our family at times. He was always willing to lend a hand to his neighbors. He will be missed by all.
Melissa von Eschenbach
October 6, 2019
My condolences to the entire Smith family. I first met Mr Duwane back in the early 80's as I was friends with Dahlia. Mr Duwane was the kind of dad that always welcomed all the kids into his home and let us have fun and joke around. I have lots of fond memories starting in junior high school through college where Duwane and Sadie were always there to support Dahlia and friends. Love and peace to Sadie, David, Darrell, Keely and Dahlia.
October 5, 2019
I first met the Smith family after arriving at Gunter AFB 1976 they where are sponsors I guess they thought we would be a good fit as Sadie and I are both from England, 43 years later as you can tell they were right.
The children have grown up together, and I count Sadie a dear friend.
Duwane was a devoted husband and Father and will be truly miss by all that ever had the pleasure of meeting him. Rest In Peace dear friend.
October 3, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Smith family, and especially with Keeley, who is like a 5th daughter to me! May our Lord hold all of you in the palm of His hand.
October 3, 2019
I worked with Duwane, or "Du" as I called him, at the VA Medical Center in the IT department. I was new to the "government employee" status, and had my own way of doing things. But I didn't know everything and that's when Du would step in. He was a soft spoken man with a comforting voice of wisdom. Kind and patient, willing to teach and share his knowledge . He laughed at my jokes and would tell me all sorts of stories. That's how he got my attention and that's how he won my respect. I enjoyed working with Du and hated to see him retire. When he had appointments he would always visit and I was glad to see him. Rest in peace Duwane, you will be missed.
October 3, 2019
Duwane was always someone that could be counted on. He went the extra mile in performing his duties. He lived as a man of God when he worked for me at the VA. He always offered encouragement in trying times.