Minister Shawn Maurice Smothers

March 2020

Minister Shawn Maurice Smothers

Minister Shawn Maurice Smothers was born on July 16, 1970, to the parentage of the late Deacon Homer Lee Smothers and Mrs. Bernice C. Smothers. Shawn was taught the importance of hard work, respect, integrity and excellence.

Shawn was a 1988 graduate of Sumter County Comprehensive High School and was a member of the Rams Marching Band. He attended Albany State University and worked several years as restaurant manager for Hardee’s in Leesburg, Cordele, Albany, Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia.

Minister Smothers received his spiritual training at Zion Hope Baptist Church, where he was baptized and became a member of the body of Christ at an early age. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1999 under the leadership of Pastor Donnie Ray Hall. Shawn demonstrated his leadership ability as Assistant Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Deacons, Sunday School Teacher, Field Ministry Chairperson and sang with the Praise Team, Sanctuary Choir, Unity Choir and Male Chorus. Shawn was a born again, spirit-filled man of God.

On March 11, 2013, Shawn surrendered to the call of God and on May 5, 2013, was licensed as a Minister by Pastor George F. Monts, Jr. His initial sermon was “Jesus Is Passing through Your City to Handle Your Leprosy Situation”, Luke 17:11-19. On December 29, 2013, he was ordained as a Minister. He was called to serve as Pastor of Love, Joy & Peace Church of Richland, GA in January 2014. He served in that capacity for three years.

In his life, Minister Smothers had encountered some difficult and trying times, just as Jacob did. He called on the Lord and wouldn’t let go until He blessed him. Shawn was a testimony of God’s healing power. Praise the Lord, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, Shawn received his eternal healing: a New Body, free from cancer, sickness and pain.

The Love of God was visible in Shawn’s life and he displayed that love to his fellow brothers and sisters daily. Shawn had an enthusiastic passion for children and the elderly. He loved hard and was loved by many. Shawn loved people and he never met a stranger. Not only was he known for his loving and caring personality, but Shawn had a distinctive and unmatched style and swagger. Shawn had no biological children of his own but his love from day one for all his nieces and nephews was phenomenal. He had a special bond with everyone of them that seemed to grow stronger as they reached adulthood. They all loved Uncle Shawn, fondly known as “Numph Numph”. He was also Uncle Shawn to many other community and church family youth.

Minister Smothers leaves a legacy of love and memories to his devoted and loving mother, Mrs. Bernice (Frank) Wiley; three loving sisters: Mrs. Demita (Derek) Jones, Mrs. Devetta (Booker) Jones and Ms. Lovie Williams; two brothers, Mr. Dexter (Emily) Smothers and Mr. Howard Daniels; two aunts, Mrs. Betty Sue Combs and Ms. Willie Mae Smothers; a great aunt, Ms. Minnie Richardson; Shawn was god father to three special nephews: Braylon Smothers, Brandon Smothers and Brennon Smothers who he helped to rear along with their parents. They were the light of his eyes. “Numph Numph” will also be missed by his nephews and nieces: Booker Terry (Gabrielle) Jones, III, Andrew (Jasmaa) French, Jason Jones, Dontavius Jones, Dexter Smothers, Jr., Anfrance Smothers, Jason Daniels, Derrick Jones and Christopher Jones, Laderica Jones, Kierra Jones, Teresa (Bernard) Fuller and Andrea Nicole Jones; six great nephews, four great nieces, one great-great nephew, and one great-great niece; and a host of loving cousins of The Foster, The Combs and The Smothers families; a special god family, Deacon James Champion and children; a loving god sister, Bridget Stevenson; a loving god brother, Kent Champion; a devoted friend, Tony Fuller and his Zion Hope Family and other relatives and friends also survive.