Nelson L. Smith, beloved and adored husband to Sandra and children, Kimberly Dominick (Patrick) and Darell K. Brewer (Allison); grandchildren, Zachary Flynn Sholes, Alexandria Dell Brewer, Kaitlynn, Kelsey and Sam Dominick; loved by brother-in-law, Phillip Palmer and sister-in-law, Sylvia Farill (Paul); niece, Erin Elizabeth Lee (Justin); and our sweet new baby boy that he loved so much, Jansen Brooks Lee.
Nelson grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his Mom, Virginia, and Dad, Charles, and his brother, David Smith. He has one sister, Barbara Sue Whitlock (Darrell) in Carrollton, Illinois.
Nelson graduated from Bradley University in Peoria and went to New York to attend Columbia University, where he obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry. After years of teaching at Claflin University in South Carolina, he then went to Auburn University to obtain a master’s in Chemical Engineering. He loved his Auburn Tigers and would sit and watch Auburn football to the bitter end. Win or Lose!! It didn’t matter, he supported his school and his team.
Nelson began his career after graduating from Auburn with Ciba Specialty as a Chemical Engineer and worked his way up to Plant Manager of the McIntosh Facility.
Nelson was a gentle soul who did not need fancy cars or fancy clothes, he just needed his family first and then a bucket of tennis balls and his racquet. He was a happy, contented man.
Your family is shattered that you are gone. You will be loved and missed forever.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Memorial service will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Springhill Baptist Church, 2 South McGregor Avenue, Mobile, AL 36608.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in honor of Nelson L. Smith for the Ukrainian Relief Effort. Donations can be made at https://www.ram-christian.org/
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.