COBDEN - Donovan C. Smith, 68, died at 3:10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at is home surrounded by loving family. He was born in Anna on Nov. 5, 1948. He was raised by his grandparents,
Eppie and Helen Smith of Jonesboro and considered them his parents. He graduated from AJHS class of 1966. He married Maribeth Inman on Oct. 5, 1979, in Tucson, Arizona. In 1981,
they returned to Cobden where they made their lifelong home on "the hill."He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Maribeth Smith; two sons, Garrett (Lori) Smith (and two granddogs
Eddie and Harvey) of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cale (Sarah Brown) Smith; three grandchildren, Kadence, Camden and Xander of Cobden; brothers-in-law, Pat (Sharon) Inman of Blanco, Texas,
and Jan (Janice) Inman of Cobden; sister-in-law, Melba Inman of Cobden; many much loved nephews, nieces and friends; siblings, Terry (Paula) Hale of Staunton, Greg Perry of Lick Creek, Kim Pribble
of Jonesboro; and cousin, Carl (Dana) Bode of Mound City.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eppie and Helen Smith; parents, Donovan Smith and Peggy Perry; sister, Lisa Sowers; uncle
Byron Smith; aunt, Barbara Bode; in-laws, Bud and Gerry Inman, and Mike and Steve Inman. He was a devoted husband and father, a proud and caring man who served his family, God and community in many ways.
He was a life member of Anna VFW Post 3455 where he served on the local, district and state levels. One of his proudest moments was taking a group of local World War II veterans on a bus trip to
Washington DC. In his early years, he worked at Vienna Correctional Facility, for the Union County Sherriff's Department, Jonesboro Chief of Police, Owner of DC Smith Small Engine Repair in Anna,
and retired from Illinois Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 638. His last project was building the I-57 overpass in Marion.He had many interests included bird watching, golf, wood working, leather work,
painting, gardening and raising chickens. But his favorite pastime was hanging out on the hill with the neighbor and many friends, young and old. He loved to drive his little red Miata (the "Red Baron")
and his golfing trips to Alabama with Roger Stroehlein. He loved his family and friends deeply and also his dogs,
especially the two black poodles that were his constant companions over the past three years.
Donovan attended Union county grade schools and graduated with the Anna-Jonesboro Coumminity High School class of 1966.
Information furnished by A-J Classmate and Friends.