Mike Smith

June 18, 1953April 6, 2014
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SMITH, MICHAEL E- age 60, of Knoxville, passed away on Sunday, April 6th, 2014, surrounded by loving family. He was a fun loving husband, father, son, sibling, and friend. An avid reader, music lover, enjoyed amateur photography, writing, hiking, and traveling. He was a long time employee of STAR sales and the past owner of Smitty’s Surgical Specialties, established by his father. He also was a Scout Pack Leader for his sons at West Haven Elementary School. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne McCoy Smith; sister, Sharon Smith Kerley; brother-in-law, Allen L Hicks, and grandparents, William Smith, Effie Smith, Charlie McCoy, and May Green McCoy. He was survived by his wife, Connie H Smith; daughter, Karen D Burnett, his sons, Jeffrey S and Michael S Smith, his grandson, Kaiden D Collins, his father, Sherman Smith; brother, Pat Smith; sisters, Carolyn Smith and Janis (Michael) McDowell; mother-in-law, Lorraine A Hicks; brothers-in-law, Paul (Diane) Hicks, Richard Hicks, and Michael Hicks; sisters-in-law, Susie (Bill) Anderson, Cindy Hicks, and Anne Davidson, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Also, a special thank you to the UT Hospital staff of MCC unit and the Eleventh Floor. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN. The funeral service will follow at 8pm, Pastor Marty Henry officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11am, Friday, April 11, 2014 in Lynnhurst Cemetery for the interment. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Wednesday, April 9, 2014
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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April 23, 2014

My husband said that Mike prayed that he had helped at least one person
in his life. I will answer that I know of TWO.

We have known Mike for a very long time, but it wasn't until Victor came
home from the hospital after having his left leg amputated, that I truly
saw the person he was. We had a lot of friends who helped us out, and
are very grateful. But it was Mike who came almost every Monday night to
check on him. By the third visit, I felt like I was opening the door to
an honest-to-God ANGEL. He would just come and sit for a while and they
would talk. We were trying to restart our lives, and his visit somehow
seemed to make sense out of the chaos. He was so calm and kind. With few
spoken words, but a whole world of them in his eyes, his quiet strength
inspired both of us to do what we needed to do. He helped us both heal.
And he never even told us he was sick. I am sure he now knows what that
meant to us. See you in Heaven, buddy.

Karen, Jeffrey and Michael-it always hurts to lose someone, but when
it's someone as special as your dad, it's beyond grief. I know he would
want me to tell you that he will see you on the other side, that he's
waiting. I believe this with my whole heart, or I wouldn't say it.
Love, Karen Dockery

Samantha Thornton Pearsaul

April 23, 2014

Dear Connie, Karen, Jeffrey, Michael, Kaiden and family,
Mike's amazing heart and spirit touched so many lives, including mine. My prayers and love are with you all. "Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they
brought into our lives."

Ritta Mullins

April 19, 2014

Connie, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry about Mike's passing. You and your family are in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

April 19, 2014

Connie, Karen, Jeffery, Michael, and Kaiden we are so sorry for your loss. May the love you hold in your heart and all the precious memories of special times spent together comfort you.
Brenda & Larry Cox

Ruth Baker

April 19, 2014

Connie and Family, I am terribly sorry for your loss. we are keeping all of you in our prayers, I know you will miss him, but to be absent from the body is to be present with the lord!

Tony Wilson

April 19, 2014

The only thing greater than the sorrow I feel at Mike's passing is the joy his living brought to so many who knew him. Mike and I go back a long way, thick as thieves we were. He was an intelligent, witty, and faithful friend. I'm not ashamed to say I loved the man and was honored to be among his many friends. One by one the old gang is being taken away by time leaving only memories of our largely misspent youth. I can't think of a better bunch to have wasted it with than my brothers from Lincoln Park. Mike has passed over now but he didn't travel alone. He made things right with Jesus first and I know he'll be waiting when my time comes. You come to a place in life where the balance is tilted and you realize that you have more over there than is left here. As we all approach that place in life I hope that all the friends I've known and loved as brothers and sisters receive the Lord Jesus as their Savior so we can spend eternity as we lived. Together. I know that someday I'll be joining Mike and Reedy, perhaps sooner than I think. I have made preparation for that solemn day. How about you my friends, what are you going to do in that solemn day? Love, grace and peace to Connie and the kids. God's grace is sufficient unto thee. God bless.

Brandy Woods

April 19, 2014

Connie and Family, I am sorry for your loss. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. We love you guys.

Nancy Ray

April 13, 2014

I was so saddened to learn of Mike's passing. He was a good friend and we will all miss him. I will keep you and all of your family in my prayers. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Susan Moyers Cotter

April 10, 2014

Connie and Family, I am so sorry to learn of Mike's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. I'd love to get together sometime to reminisce. Love and God's Blessings, Susan Moyers Cotter

Robin & Donnie Ray Easterday

April 10, 2014

Connie and Family, we are soooooo sorry that you have lost Mike way toooooo soon. Please know that he will live in your heart forever. He was a funny guy to work with and everyone loved him. Thanks for sharing the pics, we really enjoyed them. With deepest sympathy, The Easterday Family