Michael Ray Smailes

November 10, 1952March 23, 2018

Michael Ray Smailes, 65, of Campbells Creek, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018, at his home following a short illness.

Mike was born in Charleston on November 10, 1952 to the late Ira Lee Jr. and Marcelline Cleo Dornick Smailes. He was a 1970 graduate of DuPont High School and a 1974 graduate of WV Tech in Montgomery. He was a retired Tech Sargent with the United State Air Force and was currently working for World Wide Equipment in Cross Lanes.

Mike was a friend to everyone who knew him, especially the gang that would meet of the mornings at the Exxon on Campbells Creek.

Left to cherish his memory are his sister, Linda (Eddie) Jones of Elkview; brothers, Jerry (Lori) Smailes of Niceville, Florida, Richard “Eric” (Denise) Smailes and William “Bill” (Karen) Smailes, all of St. Albans.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and a donation in Mike’s memory be made to a charity of choice.

At Mike’s request his body has been cremated and a time of visitation to celebrate his life will be held Tuesday March 27, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden.


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Libby Marks

April 8, 2018

I met Mike when he was driving for Heritage. He was always so happy and nice. He will be missed.

Stephanie Ferrell

March 27, 2018

Mike was 10 years older than me. He lived on main Campbells Creek Drive and I lived up Spring Fork Drive. We lived in the same neighborhood all those years and went to the same church for a time and our families were friends. To me, he was a staple in the neighborhood. I saw him all the time. We always said our hellos and he always did so with a smile. In recent years, I haven't seen him all that much. Things tend to change as we grow older. I'll still miss him. But I'm sure one day I'll see him again. For now, I hope his family and close friends are comforted knowing that Mike's in a better place. God bless you all.

Kelly Ratliff

March 27, 2018

Mike, you and your family were the best of neighbors. Your family let us stay all night with you during the night of the flood in 1961. You always spoke no matter what and came over when we had our annual yard sales. Thank you for being such a kind and thoughtful neighbor. We will miss you. May you rest in peace.

Kim Harris

March 26, 2018

I remember when we were in the military, we were neighbors. When John was on shift and I was receiving phone calls in the middle of the night, you came over to answer my phone... I don't remember what you said , but they quit calling! I remember playing cards, hand and foot, and you laughed all the time and our bird, "scratch" picked up your laugh! I also remember coming to the cabin several times and you taking us down the river, I will miss you ! Not enough words to describe how much you are loved!!!

Debbie Lucas

March 26, 2018

Mike was my best friend, we would set on my back porch and talk. We would share a cup of coffee every evening, which became a highlight in my life. We would share our thoughts about things that were going on in the world, we shopped together. I remember when he ask me to go look at new homes. He wanted to buy him a new home, so we looked at some homes in Ohio, Kentucky, and all over West Virginia before he made up his mind. We would look at things in the home and discuss what he liked or didn't like. There was not much that we didn't agree on. I cherished his friendship and I loved him so much. I will miss so much.

Scott Sharp

March 25, 2018

I worked with Mike at both Heritage and Worldwide. It was always a pleasure to work with him. I always enjoyed talking with and seeing Mike. Truly a great person and co-worker. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Rest in Peace, Mike.