Mr. Michael Smith

  • Born: April 17, 1981
  • Died: August 10, 2012
  • Location: Clayton, North Carolina

McLaurin at Pinecrest Funerals and Cremations

12830 U.S. Highway 70 Business West
Clayton, NC 27520

mclaurinatpinecrest@stei.com
Tel. (919) 553-7143

Tribute & Message From The Family


Michael Foy Smith, age 31, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 10, 2012 at his home.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Michael 2:00 PM Monday, August 13, 2012 in the Chapel of McLaurin Funeral Home with Reverend Danny Copley officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Michael was a native of Surry County and the son of Emily Clark of Mt. Airy and Michael Herman Smith of Trinity. He was the owner and operator of Zaxby's in Clayton and Smithfield and received the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Business of the year award in 2011 and also the Smithfield Chamber of Commerce Business of the year award in 2011. He was involved with the Johnston Community College "Performance of the Arts", Relay for Life, Clayton Rotary Club, YMCA of Johnston County, Serve the Need, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, St. Baldrick's, Clayton Downtown Development Association, Clayton Area Ministries, Partnership for Children of Johnston County, Pretty In Pink, Lovely Ladies, and the American Legion. He was a fund raiser for almost every school and church in Johnston County and supported the local police and fire department.
In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by his wife, Kelly Stamps Smith; daughter, Hailey Kate Smith; son, Jacob Michael Smith; half-brother, Andy Milford Smith; half-sister Kelly Smith Amos; and many extended family members and friends.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2:00 PM, Monday, August 13, 2012 at the funeral home prior to the service.
Memorials contributions to honor Michael's life may be made to the donor's choice.
On-line condolences may be made at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com or at the Michael Smith memorial page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Zaxbysclayton
McLaurin at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is assisting the Smith family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Candle

Michael was a very giving person. I live in Cobbleston and would ask him about helping some of our community events and he and Tyler would alwys make sure they could help. Kelly, I have walked in your shoes and my heart aches for you and your children. You are in my prayers and know that God will help you one day at a time. God Bless!! Lori Gomes

Posted by Lori Gomes - Clayton, NC - A good customer   August 22, 2012

I'm so sorry for your lost.

He was a great guy and I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him. He will be missed and remembered by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Beth Cecil - Archdale, NC - friend   August 17, 2012

Emily and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Allison

Posted by Allison McDonald Jourdan - Raleigh, NC - co-worker with Michael's Mom   August 16, 2012

We were so sorry to hear news of this very special persons passing. I am sure he will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to his wife and children.

Posted by Barbara and Charlie Mikels - High Point, NC - Friends of Mike and Beth Smith   August 16, 2012

Emily, words cannot heal the pain of losing someone so dear. May God give you the strength to overcome the pain.

Posted by Roselyn Powell - Greensboro, NC - Mother's friend   August 16, 2012

Dear Family,

I am so sorry for Michael's passing. I met Mike once - about two weeks ago, by the recommendation of Jim Godfrey, the Clayton Chamber President.

I can tell you that I have met very few people who had a true "in the moment" aspect of their eyes and Mike truly had it. He welcomed me warmly and was so encouraging and I am so very sorry he left so quickly.

Sincerely,

Julie Belanger

Posted by Julie Belanger - Clayton, NC - friend   August 16, 2012

Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With Deepest Sympathy, Glenn Mills

Posted by Glenn Mills - Pine Knoll Shores, NC   August 15, 2012

Please accept my condolences on your loss. Wayne Smith

Posted by Wayne Smith - Archdale, NC   August 15, 2012

Candle

I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I'll keep the family in my Prayers....

Posted by Theresa Byrd- Hoke County Probation - Raeford, NC   August 15, 2012

May god be with you and your family.

Posted by cornell mcgill - washington, NC - former co-worker with his mother   August 15, 2012

Candle

I am so very sorry about your son. My prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely,

Betty Payton

Posted by Betty Morgan Payton - Apex, NC - Emily's Former Co-worker   August 15, 2012

Michael,

You were the kindest man I've ever met. The kind that would give the shirt off your back when someone was in need. I am a lucky person to have known you and will treasure my memories of you always!! You're beautiful soul will live on forever and heaven has gained another wonderful angel!!

Posted by Michelle Watson - Smithfield, NC - Friend   August 15, 2012

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Emily,
My dear sweet friend Iam so shocked
and sad to hear about the loss of Michael.
You were always so proud of him and what a
blessing for him to have you as his mother.
My heart breaks for this tragedy you all are going through.
God hold you and give you courage to take each day as it comes. My constant prayers
for you and the family.
Your friend Brenda Holland-Odum

Posted by Brenda Holland -Odum - Jamestown, NC - Friend of the mother   August 15, 2012

Mike,

I am so very sorry about your son. My prayers are with your family and Michael's.

Sincerely,

Joanne Slavin

Posted by Joanne Slavin - Charlotte, NC - Ascension Insurance employee   August 14, 2012

Mikey (nubs) was my friend through high school, though we hadnt spoken in a long time. He really was the guy who everyone liked. Overcoming circumstances most of us couldnt understand, he was an inspiration simply by hanging out or shooting hoops or fill in the blank. Im wiping tears typing this remembering his beautiful family must carry on, but Mikeys spirit is with u to give u that little extra that made him extraordinary. May God hold you in the hollow of His hand and Nubbie, we're all proud of you and were gonna miss u. You truly are a "Trinity Legend" See you when I get there.

Posted by Stayce Hedgecock - Trinity, NC   August 14, 2012

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Mikey,

You were always the kinda guy that could make the best out of a bad situation. You just had that "IT' factor. Always a lot of laughs, and you hated to see anyone feeling down. I feel I'm a better person for having known you. For that I say thank you, brother. I hope to see you on the other side bro. You will be missed.

Posted by Shane and Erin Whittington - Trinity, NC - Friend / Classmate   August 14, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about the lost of Michael. He was so giving and supportive to our school and others. He will be missed. May God give your family peace and comfort during this time.

Posted by River Dell Elementary PTA - Clayton, NC   August 14, 2012

Your loss is tremendous. Micheal Smith made a difference to everyone he met. Your community is a better place because of his efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are in support of your family.

Posted by Tim, Penny, Zack, and Kate Wood - Clayton, NC   August 14, 2012

Mike was a great friend, I have so many memories. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to his family. Phillips family.

Posted by Brad Phillips. - Trinity    August 13, 2012

I am deeply sorry for the lost of Michael to you Kelly and the rest of the family.

Posted by Diana Lendzian - Cary, NC - Lisa Stamps Co-worker   August 13, 2012

To the Smith family,

I honestly don't know what to say except I am still in shock from this loss. I don't think I ever saw Mike when he wasn't smiling! He was always so kind to me and my family. Cora, Cameron, and Caleb thought the world of him and as children, they too are sadden by his loss. Our entire community has lost a good man. I hope the days ahead get better because I truly believe that is what he would want us all to do...keep smiling! To the children, always know that your Daddy made a difference!! Take care.. Kelly

Posted by Kelly Emory - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 13, 2012

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GOD WILL BE GETTING A GREAT MAN BY HIS SIDE . WHEN YOU SHOW LOVE , YOU ARE SHOWING GOD TO THE WORLD.MIKE ALWAYS DID THAT . KELLY GOD BLESS YOU AND THE KIDS. PLEASE READ PSALM 138 EVERYDAY

Posted by rodrick ford - GOLDSBRORO NC, NC - FRIEND   August 13, 2012

We will miss your smile, laughter and kindness towards others. Your family is in our prayers and your memory stays in our hearts.

Posted by Christie Latham - clayton, NC - Friend   August 13, 2012

Although we are unable to be there in this family's time of grief, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Let the bonds you have with family and friends carry you through this and know that we are here for anything you may need.

Posted by Sean and Sarah Kelly - Greensboro, NC - Co-Worker of Michael's Father   August 13, 2012

Dear Emily,

I was deeply saddened to learn of your son's passing. I remember vividly the wonderful stories you shared with me regarding your son when we worked together. Please know that you are in my prayers; as well as the entire family. Sherry Pilkington

Posted by Sherry Pilkington - Clayton, NC - friend of Emily   August 13, 2012

Smith,Stamps Family,

My heart aches for you and your family. I pray that you will find comfort and peace during this time. I will keep you and your Family in my prayers.

Bernice

Posted by Bernice Thomas - Raleigh, NC - Co-Worker of Mother-In-Law(Lisa)   August 13, 2012

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Giving our condolences to the family.

Posted by Marion and Trevor Nunnally - Clayton, NC - Neighbor   August 13, 2012

Candle

It is 11:50am visitation is about to began....God is with you....and my prayers. God will take care of his little children...."red, yellow, black and WHITE...they are all precious in Gods sight"....a repeat customer of Zacksby's, and enjoyed every meal.....

Posted by Lloyd Stephenson - Selma, NC - repeat customer   August 13, 2012

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Mike & Beth, We offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. In this time of sorry, God will be with you and guide you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love and Blessings

Larry & Vivian Weant

Posted by Larry Weant - High Point, NC - Cousin & Friend   August 13, 2012

Emily, Your dad was right. The best thing you can do for your children is to leave a good reputation. Some day Hailey and Jacob will be so proud of the reputation their daddy left for them. He was a remarkable young man, and someone did something right in his life too!

Posted by Cathy Clayton - Smithfield, NC - friend of Emily   August 13, 2012

we are so sorry for your loss

Posted by Rick Becker - President of Southland Car Club   August 13, 2012

My condolences to the family.

Posted by Bob Clarke - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 13, 2012

Michael was an amazing man. He was so kind and generous to my daughter Ava and our entire family. I will always be grateful to him and his family. Heaven received an awesome angel this week. We are blessed to have known him. Prayers and love to his family.

Posted by Amy Shores    August 13, 2012

sorry, my prayers are with the family... God knows best...he has a plan for Mike and his family....we have to trust him and all will be well....God bless.....I saw Mike at times at the Clayton store and once at the Smithfield store....did not know who he was, but knew he was a good guy, by his winning smile,and caring voice....it made the food taste better......I will that....

Posted by Lloyd Stephenson - Selma, NC - customer of Zacksby's for years.   August 13, 2012

Kelly,

My heart aches for you and your family. Michael's passing is a terrible loss for all who knew and loved him. You and your beautiful children are in my prayers.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Edmiston - Morrisville, NC   August 13, 2012

Michael, you will be missed. I am praying for your family. His genorsity to the Relay for Life with their support of our Survior Dinner and Wrap up party over the years . Michael and his wife were there at the first banquet when Zaxby's arrived in town to serve the Relay with anything that they can do. Michael is with his Heavenly Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this diffcult time.

Posted by Phyllis Thornton - Smithfield, NC - Relay for Life Team Captain   August 13, 2012

I am so sorry for this tragic loss for Michael's family and friends. I am deeply saddened for the loss for our community. I met Michael when he presented his plans for the Zaxby movie night. What an enthusiastic, civic minded person he was! My sincerest condolences.

Posted by Jan Hardison - Clayton, NC - Clayton DDA   August 13, 2012

Candle

My prayers & thoughts go out to Kelly & family. His smile & legacy of his kind heart will always be remembered.

Posted by Patsy Carey - Garner, NC - friend   August 13, 2012

I am so sorry for your lost. Our community has lost a wonderful leader who has been an inspiration to many. If there is anything I can do this next year to help with the children, please call on me.

Posted by Sarai Daniels - Smithfield, NC - Member of Chamber of Commerce   August 13, 2012

Dear Michael,
I enjoyed every minute I use to Babysit you. You will always be in my heart.
To a sweet young man who passed to soon. Love Always Kathy

Posted by Kathy Brown - Thomasville, NC - cousin   August 13, 2012

Candle

My thoughts and prayers go to Kelly and her family during this difficult time. I had the opportunity of working with Michael during school fundraisers. He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Connie Lillie - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 13, 2012

Mike, Beth and Entire Smith Family, We were so sorry to learn of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that others care. With Deepest Sympathy, Bruce and Debbie Deal

Posted by Bruce & Debbie Deal - Archdale, NC - Friend   August 13, 2012

It has been a long time since we have seen each other. Mel Chilton called me and told me what happened. I am so sorry and extend my sincere sympathy. Please give me a call when you can at 919-851-1907. I would love to talk to you.

Mary

Posted by Mary Kay Creech - Hubert, NC - Friend of Emily Smith   August 13, 2012

Our condolences to your family and heartfelt appreciation for all Michael did in support of the Clayton HS Band program. Although he has left to be with our Heavenly Father, he left with us his spirit of kindness and unselflessness.

Posted by Clayton HS Band Boosters - Clayton, NC   August 13, 2012

Micheal Foy Smith, you were like a brother to me. You were the greatest man i have ever met, and probably will be the greatest man i ever meet. I'm sorry your life came to a tragic ending, but your legacy will live on. I'll do everything in my power to insure that the business will continue as if you were still there. I will also give my life and services to Kelly, Hailey, and Jacob to insure they can live an easier life than what bestows them so far. I love you Mike and i hope your watching over all of us. Rest easy brother.

Posted by Travis Mark Warren - Willow Springs, NC   August 12, 2012

Kelly, I was deeply saddened when I learned of Michael's passing. I pray God will comfort you and give you strength during this time. May the wonderful memories of the life you and Michael shared together live on in your heart and help sustain you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Warren Grimes - Smithfield, NC - Rotarian   August 12, 2012

Emily,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anita

Posted by Anita R. Culbreth - New Bern, NC - friend of mother   August 12, 2012

Michael you will be missed! You were such a great guy who was all about living life to the fullest and being happy and motivating others to do the same. I know you will still inspire others to continue to stay strong and be happy.

Posted by Karla Tovar-Moser - clayton, NC - friend   August 12, 2012

Dear Andrew and Katie,

Please accept Pam and my deepest sympathies on the loss of Michael. We pray that the Lord will stengthen you and your family during this difficult time.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Mike and Pam Preib

Posted by Mike Preib - Huntersville, NC - Friend or brother   August 12, 2012

Michael you will be greatly missed in the Clayton community! Your love for everyone was so apparent in how you lived each day, helping any organization or person that you could. Prayers go up for your family.

Posted by Dale Matthews - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 12, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family - I thoroughly enjoyed working fundraiser events with Michael. He had a heart of gold and was always wanting to help the Clayton community. I will truly miss the friendship we had.
May God give you strength through these times.

Posted by Keith Blackley - Clayton   August 12, 2012

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We were so sad to hear Michael had passed away. We thank God for allowing us to see him in the restaurant. We felt so welcomed every time we dined with him! Praying for you and the family. Raymond and Sue Henley and family

Posted by Raymond and Sue Henley - Claytob, NC   August 12, 2012

Emily, I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Posted by brian willis - Charlotte, NC - brian.willis09@gmail.com   August 12, 2012

I didn't know Michael as well as most here, but for the few months I worked at Zaxby's it was impossible not to notice how giving, hard-working and commited he was to giving back to the community in Clayton. Michael you will be missed terribly and my heart goes out to your wife Kelly and your two beautiful children. Thank you for all that you have done to bring our community together.

Posted by Natalie Brickell - Clayton, NC - Former Co-worker   August 12, 2012

I really didn't know you personally but met at the wrestling shows in Clayton..I'm a photographer working with NCWA..thanks for your support of real wrestling with Zaxby's and so sad for the situation..sudden death takes all by great suprise and will be thinking of you and your family

Posted by Wayne C. Culler - Burlington, NC - Acquantence    August 12, 2012

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Emily,
So sorry for such a tremendous loss. I can't imagine the "hole in your heart" but I pray you find comfort from God and in the wonderful memories you have of Michael. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Posted by Lynn Manchester - Surfside Beach, SC - Friend of mother   August 12, 2012

You were an amazing person and a true inspiration.

Posted by Misheala DiDonato - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 12, 2012

Candle

Emily, I was so sorry to hear of Michael's death. I know you are so proud of his accomplishments during his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Walter and the Smith family at this time. Please know we are thinking of you all at this time.
Kitty

Posted by Kitty Pendleton Martin - mount airy, NC - former neighbor   August 12, 2012

Make & Beth, so sorry to hear about the loss of your son.

May GOD give the family comfort in your time of loss.

Posted by Gary & Diane Davison - Greensboro , NC - Friends    August 12, 2012

Mike, Beth and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying for all of you. Wish we could be there to worship with you and celebrate Michael's life. All our love, The Lathams Michael, Raven, Loretta, Richard & Michael Jr.

Posted by Raven & Michael Latham - FL   August 12, 2012

I remember when I first met Mike. As co-workers we became tight. During his families dark time we all must remember somewhere Mike is looking down shining his light to let everyone that was close to him know that he is alright.

Posted by Sonja Smith - smithfield, NC   August 12, 2012

Sorry just doesn't seem to be adequate in this case. We are praying for Michael' family and the Zaxby's family. Clayton merchants have a big hole to fill with his passing.

Posted by LaVern Carter - Clayton, NC - friend of Michael & Zaxby's fam.   August 11, 2012

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So sorry to hear of this young mans passing. What a gentle giant he was to the Clayton community. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. memories are what you have, stay strong and may God Bless all of you. RIP young man, husband, son and daddy.......

Posted by Jeannie Rhodes - Clayton, NC - customer   August 11, 2012

Man you know its hard for me money mike..we had a long journey through out zaxby's six years together not only where we co- workers. we became close like you where my older brother from another mother.most of all always will be my favorite boss man.. 2 weeks ago u called me and said keep working hard in college and i love you.. i replied love you too. proud of you what you have accomplished man taught me a lot always give back no matter what. i thank you very much for coming into my life sense i was 15 years old my first job with zaxby's we where a beast together on that line. m&m connection good times bro. i love you man rest in peace and keep guiding me through alright i know you watching down on me. team zaxbys all the way.

Posted by marcus dobbin - smithfield, NC - friend/coworker   August 11, 2012

Mikey aka Nubby was a great guy, always had a smile on his face and made always made me laugh. My thoughts and prayers with the Smith family. RIP my friend.

Posted by Jennifer - Archdale, NC - friend/classmate   August 11, 2012

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How do I say goodbye to what we had? 
The good times that made us laugh 
Outweigh the bad.  And I'll take with me the memories To be my sunshine after the rain 
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.
-Boys II Men
I can’t believe that I am having to say this, but goodbye for now. I can still remember you befriending me almost a decade ago. Since then we have grown very close. Through the ups and downs that I have been through, at times, you were the only one there for me. You have given and taught me so much, and for that I am eternally grateful. A few years ago you and Kelly gave me a wonderful Birthday present (Lexi). So whenever I see her I will think of you.

Posted by Eddie Ruffin - Garner, NC - Best Friend   August 11, 2012

I will always remember the good times Mikey. You were always a great friend and I will never foget you buddy. Praying for your family.

Posted by Barry Roberts - Whitsett, NC   August 11, 2012

We are friends of Mike and Beth from Colonial Country Club. Your family will be in our prayers during this difficult time. Carole and Dickie Hastings

Posted by Carole Hastings - Kernersville, NC - Friend of the family   August 11, 2012

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Michael was like a son to Norwood and I. We loved him in that way. His generosity is unsurpassed. His contributions to 'Serve the Need in Johnston County, Inc.' have been plentiful, frequent, and unequaled. Never has he hesitated for one minute when called upon to make a donation towards a Special Education scholarship, to sponsor a fundraiser, to provide emergency funds for a person's urgent need, or to cater or provide food for one of our events at no cost. His hand was always extended and his heart was always open. His legacy of love, kindness, and generosity will live on forever. Never we will let Michael's spirit be forgotten. Our love to Kelly and their beautiful children. We love you Michael and thank you for the special place you held in our lives and for making a difference in the lives of so many others.

Posted by Norwood and Kristin Williams - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 11, 2012

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Michael was a self less man that always looked out for others he was a loving husband and father. He will truly be missed by everyone's life that he touched. May he rest In peace with you now lord heaven just got a little brighter with an amazing angel name Michael Foy Smith gone but never ever forgotten.... Always In our heart... Rest well my friend.... Love you smoochies♥♥♥

Posted by Traci Medina - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 11, 2012

When Michael came to live with Emily and me, early on, I can definitely say there was never a dull moment. But that could be said about practically everyone going through their latter teenage years. Mostly, I remember the funny moments and have recounted them many times telling stories. Michael went on to become an outstanding young man. He had a kindness in his heart and a real love of people. He was generous and he had a passion for his work. These attributes led him to a very successful career in Clayton and he was a real benefit to his community. I am proud to have had the privilege to know Michael and to have contributed what I could to his life. My heart and my prayers are with Emily, Kelly, and the rest of Michael’s family

Posted by Reid Garrett - Fuquay Varina, NC - Former Step Father   August 11, 2012

It was my privilege to serve on the Johnston Community College Foundation with this fine and generous young man that gave so much. He was a special person with wisdom and understanding at such a young age.
David Lockett

Posted by Dr. and Mrs. Griffin David Lockett - Four Oaks, NC - Johnston Community College    August 11, 2012

Michael was one of the most generous and caring people....a legend in the Clayton Community. God Bless his wife and children. Thank you Smith family for always supporting the Clayton Community Schools and many other benefits and programs and giving so unselfishly over the years. Heaven received another Angel today who has had many years of practice being an Angel on earth.

Posted by West Clayton Elementary PTSO - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 11, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I didn't know Mike very well but he always had a smile on his face and he was a great friend to my daughter and her husband, Micah and Jamie Thompson.

Robin Hartgrove

Posted by Robin Hartgrove - rockingham, NC - friend   August 11, 2012

Michael you were a inspiration to us all. You always had a smile and made us laugh constantly. Your giving a 110 percent to everything you did is something will never forget. You always thought of others and expressed your love for your family and us all. You will be missed.

Posted by Kim Cregan - Clayton, NC   August 11, 2012

I never saw a sad face on this delightful human being. Many laughs were shared with Michael and Kelly the short time that I knew them. My prayers are with his family.

Posted by Rebecca Williams - Cary, NC   August 11, 2012

My family is praying for your family. No one can understand the pain you must be feeling. If thier is ever anything I can do for you don't hesitate to ask. I thought of Michael as a brother and know he would of been there for my family.

Posted by Brett Parkis - Clayton, NC   August 11, 2012

Mikey aka "Nubby" was ALWAYS wearing a smile!! Never had a cross word against anyone, always lighting up a room he entered. Its been a while since ive seen you buddy but you will NEVER be forgotten!

Posted by Wesley Crowson - Archdale, NC - Friend/classmate   August 11, 2012

Mike was not only my boss since i was 16 years old, but a great friend of mine. I never thought I would have such a great relationship with my boss. I used to love opening with him on Saturday mornings and it would just be him and me laughing and joking about the littlest things for 2 hours. We would always talk about working out and made bets about how out of shape i will be when I go to college.I love you Mike and Kelly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kaleb Smith - Clayton, NC - employee and friend   August 11, 2012

I remember growing up with Micheal as a child and threw my teenage years.We shared a lot of wonderful memory's together and learned many lessons of life together.Micheal had the biggest heart out of anyone I knew and always cared about the people around him.You will never be forgotten.My heart is heavy and my prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Dustin Lowe - Farmer, NC - Friend   August 11, 2012

Kelly, working 'traffic' with you at the Triathlon allowed me to learn first hand what wonderful people, parents, and citizens you two are. My heart breaks at your loss and our world will not be the same without Michael. I pray that God will give you strength to carry on in his memory.

Posted by Neal Davis - Rotarian   August 11, 2012

I got to know Michael through our association with Serve The Need in Johnston County. I did not know him very well but I do know that his heart for sharing with others what God blessed him with endeared him to many. Michael always had a smile on his face and a handshake for everyone. If any man or woman deserves to be in the presence of Jesus it is Michael Smith. While we will surely miss him we can be comforted by the fact that HE IS IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR LORD. I do not doubt that nor should you.

Michael is with his Master.

Matthew 25:21
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Pete Perrino

Posted by Peter Perrino - Clayton, NC - Friend    August 11, 2012

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Kelly and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Eventhough we are neighbors, we got to know Michael at the monthly car shows at the Clayton Zaxby's. Such a wonderful and giving man. May the love and support from friends and family help get you through this very difficult time. Our hearts hurt for you.

Posted by Joe and Kathy Rigert - Clayton, NC - Neighbor   August 11, 2012

Kelly, May you find comfort in God and the wonderful memories from your life together! You and the kids are in our prayers.

Posted by David Sanderford - clayton, NC - Friend   August 11, 2012

Michael Smith was an amazing person-- a true community supporter! Couldn't have ask for a more generous and caring person. Enjoyed stopping by the restaurant and chatting with him and the entire staff! Will miss his presence at local events! I will always remember that he absolutely LOVED Christmas and spent so much time decorating his home for his family. A true loss for this community-- what a sad day. My heart goes out to the family, friends, co-workers and anyone else who had the opportunity to share any aspect of life with this man.

Raquel Williams

Posted by Raquel Williams - Clayton, NC - friend and business buddy   August 11, 2012

Customer, friend, business associate. Michael you truly were a blessing to all that knew you. I can't think of many that have done as much for their community as you. May God bless your family and loved ones.

Posted by Steve Matthews - Clayton, NC   August 11, 2012

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Kelly and Family,
We are Amy Peake's parents. We don't know if you remember us or not but we wanted to let you know that our heart's ache for you. You and Mike have been wonderful friends to Amy and Rob and the kids. Mike will be missed terribly.
There is another star in the sky.
Martha and David Kwasniewski

Posted by Martha and David Kwasniewski - Syracuse, NY   August 11, 2012

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Kelly and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. Much love, Vickie & Tim Renfrow

Posted by Vickie Renfrow - Wendell, NC - mother of Andi (employee in Clay   August 11, 2012

I still remember hanging out with michael in the back lockerroom at NCWA Pro Wrestling in Clayton! Will miss him alot! RIP Michael. You will never be forgotten by all of us at NCWA Wrestling in Clayton!

Posted by Cody Purish - benson, NC   August 10, 2012

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I am very sorry to see such a great person leave us so early in life. Michael was a great friend and I thought the world of him. My prayers are with Kelly and the children. Michael will be surely missed by us all. RIP Michael, live you..Ms. Dee

Posted by Dee Carter - Clayton, NC - Friend   August 10, 2012

Saying prayers for Kelly and the family. Michael, as a fellow Rotarian, wanted to always serve the community, and he was remarkable in his ability to do so.

Posted by Sherry Harris - Smithfield, NC   August 10, 2012

Mike, you will be missed by Tyler, Patrick, Frank and myself. It was a wonderful gift to have you in our lives.

Posted by Karen DeVoid - Clayton, NC - friend   August 10, 2012