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Sandy Smiley

Sep 30 1924 - Apr 28 2009

Sandy Smiley age 84, of McKinney, Texas passed away on April 28, 2009, in Allen, Texas. He was born on September 30, 1924 in Montgomery, Alabama to Sugger and Elizabeth (McKines) Smiley. He was proudly married for 56 years to his lovely wife, Mary Francis Nelson Smiley. Together they had one daughter, Dr. Sheron Elizabeth Smiley Cuffee Johnson. Mrs. Smiley preceded him in death on June 3, 2006. Mr. Smiley joined the St. James C.M.E. Church under the leadership of Charles E. Hill on February 13, 1983. He was the first vice president of the Steward Board at St. James C.M.E. Church. Recently he attended Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church in Cooper, Texas under the leadership of Rev. Larry Jagours. He put in 30 dedicated years in the United States of America’s Air Force. He fought in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Republic of Vietnam. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. During Mr. Smiley’s service in the Air Force, his most enjoyable tour was at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was the Administrative Superintendent at the Aerospace School between 1963 and 1966. At the period of his retirement ceremony at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico, he was the First Sergeant with the 4900th Headquarters; the Squadron Section and received a token of appreciation for a job well done. He was also a member with the Prince Hall Military Lodge No. 103, free and accepted Masons. Sandy Smiley was a retired Air Force Sergeant Major and collected and sold coins. Mr. Smiley was a founding member of the Collin County Coin Club. He was a notary public. Mr. Smiley helped the community of McKinney by serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 6 years, the McKinney Parks and Recreation Board for 1 year, and the Infrastructure Advisory Committee that worked on the Storm Water Management Policy. In his spare time, he received much pleasure from playing dominos, collecting coins and playing golf and basketball. He also loved watching westerns on television. Mr. Smiley’s favorite saying was, “I love God first and I love my family and I love my country and that includes the military, and I love my city and I love people in general. I shouldn’t have to say anymore.” He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Sheron Johnson and her husband Michael; grandchildren, R. L. Cuffee, Jared Johnson, and Holland Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sugger and Elizabeth Smiley; wife, Mary Frances Nelson Smiley; brothers, William Smiley and Maso Smiley. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009 at The McKinney First Baptist Church on Erwin St. Interment will follow with full Military Honors at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 p.m., on Friday, May 1, 2009, with a formal Christian prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.
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