Funeral services for Michael Edward Smith, 64, Eudora, will be at 2 pm, Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. He died Saturday, October 8, 2011 at his home in Eudora.
Michael was born September 22, 1947 in Columbus, Georgia, the son of John Edward and Nell Louise Cumbaa Smith.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Viet Nam War. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science. Michael worked in marketing with IBM for more than twenty years, until he was disabled.
He had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia and attended Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. Michael enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing and golf.
He married Marcia Christine Wilkinson on July 19, 1969 in East Lansing, Michigan. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Lindsey Hoover and her husband Jason, Eudora and Corey Marchetti and husband JP, Chicago, Illinois; a granddaughter, Payton Hoover and a grandson, Colby Hoover; his mother, Nell Smith, Columbus, GA,a sister, Becky Curry, Dover, Delaware and a brother David Smith, Smiths, Alabama. He was preceded in death by his father, John Smith.
The family will greet friends from 12:30 until service time on Wednesday at the mortuary.
Memorials in his name may be given to Wounded Warrior Project and may be sent in care of Warren-Mc-Elwain Mortuary.
Dear Marica, Lindsey and Corey-Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. We love you.
I am so so sorry Lindsey, about your loss. Your Dad was such an inspiration, and the piece from your mom in AFP this year was such a generous gift to so many. His gift lives on in the lives of not just a few, but tens of thousands. Thank you and your family for so generously sharing his and your story. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Marcia, Linsey and Jason. . Just want to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Bruce & Holly Kracl
Marcia — You may remember me from the IBM Topeka days… I worked for Mike at the IBM Branch office there. What a fun-loving person Mike was. He cared very much about his people and about working hard. I’ll always remember his thunderous laugh. I moved to Conway, Arkansas 15 years ago and am now with HP. The IBM network is in motion and sharing this sad news. My thoughts are with you and your entire family…
Marcia, Lindsey & Corey – I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Mike’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him and truly do consider him as an uncle, as family. Please know my thoughts are with you all at this time. Love you guys. Chele.
Marsh I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all the wonderful times we have had together, you were always the center of all our lives. I admire you so much and send love and support to you and your family. Hugs, Terry
Dear Ms. Nell, Becky, David, Marica and other family members. I was sadden to read Mikes obituary in this mornings paper so instead I reflected on the my freshman year at CHS when Mike rushed me into the DST’s. He was Sargent of Arms, looked like he stood 6’3″ and weighted 250lbs. I was scard to death of him but as time went on I realized he was nothing but a great big loving teddy bear. I’m very sorry for your loss and will pray for you’al.
We have prayed and thaught of Mike very often and sure everyone will miss him. Praying that he and John are having a joyful reunion right now. Nad Nell, we have missed seeing you at the railroad luncheon. Hope we see you really soon.I made a print of Mike and will share it with the railroad family the first Monday in November.
All our love and condolences.
Marcia, Lindsey and Corey,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Jill and Tim
Lindsey, I heard the sad news just today when I got to the office. I’m truly sorry to hear of your father’s death. I’ll be praying for you, your mother, and your whole family.
I am so sorry to read in the Columbus paper about Mike’s death. We became good friends at Columbus High. What a wonderful photo….just the smile I remember. He was always pleasant, good-natured and fun to be with. Though we have not stayed in touch, I regret losing an old friend and classmate. My thoughts are with the family.
I remember Mike in Columbus, Ga. Lindsey Creek Park, also Columbus High. Very sorry to hear he had died
Extending our deep sympathy to you and your family. With each new day may Almighty God give you and your family strength.-Ps.55:22. The memory of love is a memory that lives on.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending deepest condolences.