He Was a Simple Man.
Mr. Eugene Marvin Smalley, age 91, of Douglasville, passed away peacefully at home on September 22, 2023. He was born March 3, 1932 in Lucasville, OH to the late Mr. Perry Smalley and the late Mrs. Myrtle Smalley.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Colleen Rae Smalley; brother, Elmo; sisters, Pauline, Eileen and Omalee.
He is survived by his older son, David Smalley and his wife Glenda Smalley of Zebulon, GA; and younger son, Robert A. Smalley of Douglasville, GA; sisters, Carolyn and Joann.
Eugene was proficient in morse code, and served in the USAF (1951-1955) as a radio operator on a KB-29 Refueling Aircraft during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged at the rank of A/1C.
Animals held a special place in Eugene's heart, and he took on the responsibility of caring for his birds and deer. His wife's and daughter-in-law’s cooking held a special place in Eugene's heart. One could often find Eugene taking leisurely walks in nature – a testament to his appreciation for simple pleasures.
As a devoted WWII enthusiast, Eugene had an unyielding respect for history and the sacrifices made by those who fought during that period. His thirst for knowledge led him to delve deep into the annals of World War II, sharing stories and insights with anyone who would lend an ear. He dedicated his time to coaching both of his boys in the sport of baseball, shaping them not only as good sportsmen but also as individuals. His passion for sports inspired many youngsters to follow their dreams and instilled in them values of teamwork and perseverance.
An avid HAM radio operator, Eugene connected with people from all walks of life, forging friendships across borders and finding solace in the power of communication. Eugene's musical talent was another string to his bow. Both on guitar and keyboard, he had an innate ability to capture emotions through music. Whether playing solo or entertaining friends and family at gatherings, Eugene's melodies wove their way into people's hearts, leaving an indelible mark of joy and serenity.
Eugene's commitment to the Free Masons was unwavering for an impressive 65 plus years. Within this brotherhood, he found camaraderie, rich tradition, and a sense of purpose. His involvement in this ancient fraternity reflected his values of loyalty, honor, and personal growth.
According to Mr. Smalley's wishes he was cremated, no services planned at this time.
Messages of condolences may be sent to www.jones-wynn.com. Jones-Wynn Funeral Home Inc. and Crematory of Douglasville is in charge of the arrangements.