Amanda Rose (Rakes) Smitherman

May 3, 1935August 28, 2018

Mrs. Amanda Rose Rakes Smitherman, age 83, resident of Citronelle, AL, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Smitherman and parents, Otha and Estelle Lilly Rakes. Mrs. Smitherman was an elementary school teacher at ET Belsaw-Mt. Vernon Elementary School for many of her 32 years with the Mobile County Public Schools. Rose was a longtime member of Lockler Memorial Baptist Church. She was a graduate of University of Alabama. Her family will remember her great love for time spent with her family, and her passion for reading and jigsaw puzzles. Mrs. Smitherman is survived by her children; Jan Burkhardt (Kenneth), Wanda Coaker (Robert) and Wendel E. Smitherman (Daneen). She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Lee, grandchildren; Matt Coaker, Haley Mason (Jammie), Clay Burkhardt, Glen Burkhardt (Lauren), Eric Burkhardt, Caleb Smitherman, Ethan Smitherman and great-grandchildren; Colin Mason and Cade Mason. Visitation will be held at Radney Funeral Home, Saraland, AL on Friday, August 31, 2018 from 12:30 until funeral service time of 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Saraland. Condolences may be offered at


  • Jan Burkhardt (Kenneth), Daughter
  • Wanda Coaker (Robert), Daughter
  • Wendel E. Smitherman (Daneen), Son
  • Ruth Lee, Sister
  • Matt Coaker, Grandson
  • Haley Mason (Jammie), Granddaughter
  • Clay Burkhardt, Grandson
  • Glen Burkhardt (Lauren), Grandson
  • Eric Burkhardt, Grandson
  • Caleb Smitherman, Grandson
  • Ethan Smitherman, Grandson
  • Colin Mason, Great Grandchild
  • Cade Mason, Great Grandchild


  • Visitation Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Chapel Service Friday, August 31, 2018

Amanda Rose (Rakes) Smitherman

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