December 18, 1954 ~ March 21, 2022

Born in: Luling, Texas
Resided in: San Antonio , Texas

Jerry Lawrance Smothers known as J.L. was born in Luling, Texas stayed early years before moving to San Antonio. Raised by mother Marjorie Wells and stepfather Johnnie Wells affectionately called daddy. Jerry was the second of five children born from Marjorie Jackson Wells.

Jerry accepted Christ at an early age where he attended Bethel A.M.E. Church under the direction of Rev. A.R. Nelson. Jerry attended public schools, and graduated from Highlands High School. After high school, he enlisted into the United States Army. After his tour, he was honorably discharged. He attended St. Phillip’s College where he studied upholstery and culinary arts. Jerry loved to cook and entertain.

Jerry’s personality will always resonate with us. His laughter was boisterous, and with his wit, he was never at a loss for words, especially when playing dominos; he referred to himself as a dominologist. Jerry lived his life to the fullest, and he could always make anyone laugh.

Jerry was raised in a family of Love-Love of God and family. He loved his cousins like brothers and sisters. His mother, stepfather, and nephew: Anthony Smothers, preceded him in death.

Jerry leaves to mourn his daughter: Shaundra Lampkin; 3 brothers: Donald Smothers, Alvis Wells (Felicia), Nathan Wells; 1 sister: Eddee Francis (Vincent); 2 grandsons: DeAndre Alexander, and Michael Alexander Jr.; and a host of nephews and nieces, cousins like brothers and sisters, and many other close relatives and friends.

A special thank you to his caretaker, friend, and his joy in the morning for a faithful 10 years, his nephew Henry Chase Jr., affectionately known as “Buddah Duddah.” He sincerely loved you and he asked for you each morning as you were always his first thought. Thanks for all the love.


Visitation: April 20, 2022 10:30 - 11:30 am

Greater Good News Missionary Baptist Church
1226 E. Highland Blvd.
San Antonio, TX United States


Service: April 20, 2022 11:30 - 12:30 pm

Greater Good News Missionary Baptist Church
1226 E. Highland Blvd.
San Antonio, TX United States


Cemetery: April 20, 2022 1:45 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX United States


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  1. CandleImageTo the Smothers Family: My prayers are with you all and the family. Jerry was such a great guy and funny too. He would make you laugh at any time or any occasion. Jerry we all love you and you will be missed like crazy. I know your in heaven because God loves a faithful servant. Well done, good and faithful servant! Jerry Smothers has reported to duty and works for the Lord. We love you Jerry and God loves you best. Mr. Jerry Lawrence Smothers, you RIP.
    From Willard Johnson

  2. CandleImageJerry,
    You are my very Best Friend for 52 years.
    Brother I love you like no other.
    We did what we did.

    Thomas Bradford

  3. CandleImageSending my condolences to Jerry Smothers family. Jerry always made me laugh. I know you guys are weathering the storm right now, it is so hard to say good bye to a love one, even harder when it is a brother. The family has to take comfort in knowing Jerry is no longer suffering and has reach God House and having a great reunion with you guys Mom and Dad. Know in your heart that God makes no mistakes, his house needed another Angel, and Jerry answer God call. Jerry will truly be missed!

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