In Loving Memory

Nelson L. Smith

July 20, 1941 - April 16, 2022


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

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Mary Ann Ingram

    Sandra I am so sorry to learn of Nelson’s sudden death. Life is so uncertain. Just recently you and Nelson were sitting a few rows ahead of me in church and I thought how happy you two seemed to be together. Y’all turned around and gave me that great big smile and greeting as you always do. God bless you and your family my friend.

  2. R. Baker

    I probably was one of the first to work with/for Nelson. He was a wonderful person at work or socially. Lost contact with Nelson after he left Ciba but never forgot him. One ‘fond’ memory of Nelson was during shift coverages, he would always want the night shift so he could play tennis in the day. Sincere condolences to Sandra and family! A loud War Eagle to Nelson.
    Richard and Kathleen Baker

  3. Yvonne

    I will miss seeing Nelson’s smiling face at Oakwood. Such a kind, humble, and intelligent man. He will truly be missed by many!

  4. Saty Putcha

    I knew Nelson when I was at CIBA
    He was a gentle soul and loved Tennis
    My hearty condolences to the family

  5. Carla Miller

    Nelson was indeed a sincere and humble person. Prayers for Sandra and all of the family.


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