Michael Austin Smith
Services for Mr. Michael Austin Smith will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union. Officiating at the funeral is Dr. Jon Martin, pastor of First Baptist Church in Union. Burial will be in Union City Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Milling Funeral Home of Union.
Michael Austin Smith, son of Freda Gardner Smith and the late Austin Smith, passed after a long illness on Sunday, August 11th. Michael was the beloved brother of Kevin Smith (Kim) of Prosper, Texas and Kate (Phyllis) Mauck (Mick) of Hollywood, Maryland. He was the precious uncle to sweet nieces, Tracie (Tim) Wiesemann, Rachel Mauck, and Sydney and Savannah Smith. Mike could often be found happily walking the streets of Union with his canine companion, Gigi, who will miss him terribly. Born in Millington, Tennessee, Mike traveled the world extensively as a military kid. He lived in several states, including Hawaii, where his sister was born. He also grew up outside the U.S., having lived in Italy, and graduated from high school in Taipei, Taiwan, where his younger brother was born. Mike attended East Central Junior College and USM before entering the United States Navy for a 20-year career as an Aviation Electronics Technician. His many duty stations included the aircraft carriers USS Eisenhower, USS Roosevelt, and USS Yorktown. After retiring from the Navy in 1997, he settled in Union and worked at Peavey Electronics, followed by the Pearl River Resort. In addition to being a slot technician at Pearl River, he thoroughly enjoyed greeting guests and staff alike with a ready smile and a tidbit of information, whether they asked for it or not. Mike was preceded in death by his wise and loving father, Austin. He was the grandson of the late Huron and Lorene (Winstead) Gardner, and Norris and Rossie (Loper) Smith. Also preceding him in death were his uncles, Norris Smith, Jr., James Gardner, and an aunt, Charlene (Chaney) Gardner. Mike was a kind-hearted soul with a gentle disposition and a never-ending positive outlook on life. He never knew a stranger, and happily chatted with anyone whose path he crossed. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid reader. He had a brilliant mind for recalling facts and figures that at times astonished those who knew him. Most importantly, Mike asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior at the age of 14. His forever-after story is now unfolding as he now spends time with his dad and his Heavenly Father, completely happy and healthy at last.
Pall bearers will be Kevin Smith, Mick Mauck, Tim Wiesemann, Chris Gardner, Jim Gardner, and Jim Aust.