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Fred Gordon Schmittou Obituary
Fred Gordon Schmittou

Memphis, tn

Fred Gordon Schmittou, born February 14, 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee to Suall and Iva Lou Schmittou, and departed this world on September 27, 2017 at his home in Southaven, Mississippi. He was 88 years old. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Katherine Smith. He is survived by his high school sweetheart, and wife of 69 years, Louise Butler Schmittou; daughter, Janice Schmittou (Jeremy Powell); son, Robert Schmittou (Lisa); nephew, Larry Smith (Nancy), eight grandchildren: Jessica Gray, Jennifer Bethenod, Katherine Gray, Zachary Gray, Mac Gray, Nicholas Gray, Shelby Schmittou, and Tyler Schmittou, and one great-grandchild, Kaydence Carpenter.

He was a 1948 graduate of Whitehaven High School, and until 1954, he served his Country in the United States Marine Corp. Following his time in the Marine Corps, he attended Memphis State University graduating in 1957 with a degree in Marketing.

Throughout his working career, he was successful in business industry as a salesman, manager, and partner in Controlled Air Inc. After his retirement in 1987, staying at home did not suit him well. He began a second career with Shelby Skipwith in Memphis. After building the territory, he was promoted to Sales Manager, and eventually, General Manager. Around 2000, he attempted retirement a second time, to design, and build a new home in Southaven, Mississippi to relax, and finally take life easy. It didn't take long until he was working again as a volunteer at T.O. Fuller Golf course as a Marshall, until his health forced him to retire for the third, and final time in 2009.

In his younger years, he enjoyed playing tennis, and was an golfer. He enjoyed the times spent on the links with friends, family and continued playing late into his retirement years. He and Louise enjoyed traveling. They enjoyed many adventures together, and with friends in both the states and abroad.

His faith in God was passed onto his family and he devoted himself to the service of the congregation they attended for the last 57 years. During his time, he served both as a Deacon to the Whitehaven Church of Christ and an Elder for the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ.

Visitation will be Sunday, October 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. at the Goodman Oaks Church of Christ in Southaven, MS. Funeral services will be Monday, October 2 at 1 p.m. at Goodman Oaks Church of Christ. Interment will be in Forest Hill South in Memphis, Tennessee. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR, 72450

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 30, 2017
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