D.L. "Doug" Smith of Upiatoi, Ga., may have been the most original and unique character I have been blessed to know. Doug lived his life in search of whatever fun could be found, but his jovial demeanor belied his extraordinary intelligence and sharp wit.
Doug was known for his unparalleled sense of humor. He was a prolific writer, decrying government idiocy in editorial letters to the newspapers, and producing hilarious works for the enjoyment of his friends.
No one ever threw away anything written by Doug, and the group of CHS friends who were Doug's life long running buddies (Bubba Land, Woody Murrah, Rod Sterling, Joe Lee, John Proctor, Danny Thomas and yours truly), have long threatened to publish them as "Letters From the Fat Man," which was how Doug referred to himself. Last year Doug's first wife, Sally Williamson (the love of his life), sent me everything Doug had written for her entertainment. Those letters are safely tucked away with mine, to someday be joined with the hundreds of others kept by his friends, and which really should be shared with the whole world.
There was only one Doug Smith, and it's impossible to conceive of another character so genuine. If you were his friend, you were his family. If you knew him, you will never forget him,
Many thanks, Brad, for capturing the unique spirit of Doug. He was a rare and enigmatic man among average citizens, a strong will among just get by attitudes, a good heart among “me firsters”, and most importantly, a good friend to all you mentioned...and many more. RIP Doug.
Judy Gay Bryant (Cera)
Sally, Brad and Eddie - Please read the comments that I left for Bo Aldridge, that included comments regardng Doug. So, interesting to now read the comments left about Doug. Indeed, he had the greatest sense of humor!!! I don't think that I realized that Doug and Sally were married until reading the comments.