SELMA, AL -- Clarence Harry Smitherman, Jr, age 63, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012, in Tampa, Florida.
He is survived by his wife: Kay L. Smitherman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; son: Jock Eugene Smitherman of Morgantown, WV; daughter: Monique Latrice Smitherman of Tampa, FL; sister: Patricia S. Thomas of Navarre, FL, Letitia L. Smitherman of Atlanta, GA; and 3 grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence Brown Service Funeral Home directing.
Clarence H. Smitherman, Jr. was born on November 11, 1949 in Selma, Alabama, the son of Clarence Harry Smitherman, Sr. and Jackie A. Holley (Smitherman-Bradley). He attended school at Albany High School Albany, Georgia. He joined the United States Navy in October of 1968. He was Honorably Discharged as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class in April 1973 serving on the USS Tidewater and USS Yosemite.
He married Kay L. (Herren) Lipham in Leesburg, Georgia in 1969.
Clarence attended Darton College in Albany, Georgia for Pre-Veterinarian Medicine after his time in the United States Navy. He was an avid cattleman, horseman and ranch foreman for Oak Hill Farms in Smithville, Georgia, Sanders Hereford Ranch in Douglasville, Georgia and Coney Lake Plantation in Leesburg, Georgia. His love of the great outdoors brought him joyous employment as a hunting guide, horseman and birddog trainer.
Clarence's many God-given talents: drawing, painting along with taxidermy captured the outdoors and wildlife. He treasured sharing his talents with his two children, three grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to help feed the hungry children of Lee County, Georgia. Please donate in his honor to the Kawanis Club of Lee County, Georgia, "Back Pack Blessings Program" at 1251 U.S. Hwy 82 West Leesburg, Georgia, 31763, or by contacting Jamie Knight at 229-869-8284.
Please visit http://www.lawrencebrownservice.com to make online condolences to the family.
Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home, Inc.
Selma, Al 334/ 872-2301