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Doris Jean Smith

October 18, 1939 — November 5, 2022



Doris Jean Smith

Doris Smith, 83 years old of Owensboro, KY united with her husband, Melvin J. Smith, Sr. on November 5th, 2022.  She was born October 18, 1939, to the late Gertrude Douglas and Stephen Hayden. She was the oldest sister to the late Bertram Riley, Thelma Acton, and William “Bubba” Douglas. Her siblings here to morn for her are Florence Douglas, Cindy Douglas, Phillip Douglas all of Owensboro and sister-in-law Gwen Black of Indianapolis.


Doris was a graduate of Western High School. She was employed at General Electric and retired from Swedish Match after several years of service. Doris was a member of the Eastern Star for several years. She was a dedicated member of 10th Street Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the mother board.  She and her late husband were devoted to ministering the sick and shut in.


She was a devoted and loving wife to Melvin J. Smith, Sr. before his passing on August 7, 2016. Together they have four children left to cherish her memory.  Yulanda Williams (Jacques), Zelda Crenshaw, Melvin J. Smith, Jr. (Beth) and Darice J. Johnson (Jerry).  Seventeen grandchildren:  Hon. Shalanda Williams, Jacques Williams II (Whitney), Dr. James Williams, Yasmeen Williams, JaVaughan Williams, Raven Green, Dr. Shavaughn Green, Chardonnay Arkema (David), Cameron Johnson, Christian Johnson, Crystal Graham (Chris), Brandon Reed (April), Cassandra Reed, Melissa Reed, Erica West (Tadd), Jessica Howard, Talina Keelin; thirty-six great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of close friends.


The funeral will be noon Friday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory with visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery.     


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