Micheal Lee Smith, a man who lived to make other’s lives better and an avid NC State fan, passed away peacefully at home, Monday, December 18th, 2023. Mike was 75 years old.

Smart and strong-willed, Mike had an admirable work ethic. If there was a tough problem to solve, you could always count on him. Mike loved his family, relishing the opportunity to share how proud he was of his kids. After graduating from NC State with an engineering degree and serving in the Army, Mike traveled the world from South America to Asia with Lane Venture Furniture. Outside of work, Mike spent time volunteering with the Hudson Optimist Club and Hudson Baseball where you’d find him announcing games in the press box or serving concessions. His kids always knew if they looked up in the stands he’d be there. When it was time for fun, Mike was ready to drop a line with anyone. Preferably at the beach or deep sea fishing. Many of Mike’s jokes were heard on beach piers across North Carolina. He loved hearing a laugh from a good joke he’d told. Curious throughout life, Mike was always learning something new. In retirement, he took classes in history, English and the auto mechanic repair program at Caldwell Community College. Many of the Smith cars were once totaled cars repaired by Mike himself. On weekends, Mike grew up and raised his family at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Hudson.

He is survived by his wife Debbie Smith, who he was married to for 49 years; his children Chad Smith and wife Andriena of Apex, and Kendra Winebarger and husband Chase of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Mallory Winebarger, Presley Smith, Tucker Winebarger, and Emmie Smith; brother, Thomas Smith and spouse Eric Newman; K-9 companion, Carter-Finley; and numerous other extended family members.

Mike will be missed dearly. As Mike once wrote, “you just don’t know how much you miss the things you love, until they’re gone.”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 3:00pm, receiving friends from 1:30pm-3:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Hudson, NC with Jason Hines officiating and assisted by Pastor Ed Ford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the The Gideons International Ministry PO Box 1, Hudson, NC 28638 or Amorem Support Hospice Care 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Military Honors will be presented by the NC National Guard and the Caldwell County Honor Guard.