The AHSAA was saddened to learn of the death of Jimmy Smothers, 82, the long-time sports editor of the Gadsden Times. Mr. Smothers died Monday, Aug. 31.
A former teacher and principal from Geraldine, he was born in 1933. He graduated Geraldine High School in 1951 and went on to attend Jacksonville State University for three years. He taught school for four years and became the youngest principal in DeKalb County history. While teaching, Smothers worked part time as a correspondent for several newspapers.
Mr. Smothers joined The Gadsden Times in 1961 and became sports editor in 1963. He retired in December 2006 but continued to write columns and articles for The Times.
He was highly regarded and honored by his peers in the newspaper industry and by the people he covered. He won dozens of sportswriting awards and in 2011 became just the fifth sportswriter inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. A fixture at the AHSAA state basketball tournament and other championship events for five decades, he became the just second sportswriter inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Mr. Smothers was also inducted into the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame, the Etowah County and DeKalb County halls of fame.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 3, at 2 P.M. at Fyffe Church of God located at 778 Main Street, Fyffe, with Rev. Billy Smothers and Rev Charles Beshears officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Fort Payne. Visitation will take place on Thursday, Sept 3, 2015 from 1-2 p.m., at Fyffe Church of God.
To read more about Mr. Smothers, go to the following link for The Gadsden Times.