Charles Wilmer Smallwood passed away July 16, 2021, at his home. Wilmer was born June 4, 1933, in Calhoun County, Sulphur Springs Community, AL. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Carl Gorden and Lela Harrell Smallwood; his daughter, Dawn Sabina Smallwood; three sisters, Frances Moore, Mildred Davis, and Shirley Fleming; and two brothers, Olen Smallwood and William (Buddy). He is survived by his son, Charles Jason Smallwood, of Anniston, AL; daughter, Tami Smallwood, of Madison, AL; granddaughter, Abby Smallwood, of Oxford, AL; and a brother, Jim Smallwood, of Panama City, FL. Wilmer and four of his friends decided to leave college during the Korean War to join the US Army. During basic training, Wilmer was appointed Platoon Sergeant due to his previous National Guard training and was 19 years old at the time of his enlistment. Instead of Korea, he was stationed in Japan for the remaining time of his service. After leaving the US Army, he joined the General Electric Tube Plant in Oxford, AL and continued his education by attending evening classes at Jacksonville State University. He completed the General Electric four-year management training in two years. When the General Electric Plant closed in Oxford, Wilmer was relocated to G.E.'s Computer Department at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. Wilmer served as Manager of Employment and Security. He retired after 21 years of employment with General Electric. Following his career at General Electric, he developed a very successful insurance agency with businesses from Mobile, AL to Cherokee County, AL. He also taught various insurance courses for three years for the National Life Underwriters Association. Wilmer was always a community relations person and served as Calhoun County's 911 Chairman of the Board for many years. He, together with his many friends, incorporated the Seven Springs Cemetery in Jacksonville, AL. in order to provide perpetual care. He served as President and Chairman of the Board until his death. He received pleasure providing community services, but his greatest pleasure was hunting and bass fishing with his son Jason, and watching Alabama Football. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seven Springs Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund 2727 Seven Springs Road, Jacksonville, AL 36265. Online condolences may be sent to www.klbrownfunerahome.com
K.L.Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet Street NW Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
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Published by The Anniston Star on Jul. 21, 2021.