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Harry E. Smoker

1934 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Harry E. Smoker Obituary
Harry Edwin "Mutt" Smoker, 79, formerly of Bronson, MI, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014 at his home in Thomasville, Alabama.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday May 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Bronson, MI with Rev. Fr. Richard Fritz officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary's cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, May 1 from 5-8 PM, with the Rosary to begin at 7PM, at Dutcher-Kolcz Funeral Home in Bronson.

Harry was born September 21, 1934 in Bronson, Michigan to the late Carl D. and Edwina (Herman) Smoker. He grew up in Bronson, attended St. Mary's school and graduated with the Bronson High School class of 1953. Harry went on to serve in the Michigan National Guard.

An accomplished business man and entrepreneur, Mr. Smoker enjoyed a career in the grocery business that spanned decades. Beginning at Davidson's Market in Bronson, he went on to enjoy much success with Scot Lad Foods, a grocery wholesaler and retailer out of Lansing, Michigan. His integrity, fearlessness and intelligence ensured his rapid rise in the industry, holding many senior positions with Cook United, Inc, out of Cleveland, Ohio. A position as President of Benson Wholesale/Fleming Foods in Geneva, Alabama brought Harry and his family to the south in 1975. After six years he was named President of Piggly Wiggly, Inc and relocated to Jacksonville, FL. He retired in 1984 after receiving many industry awards. Unable to completely give up his passion for the grocery business, Harry worked closely with his sons establishing Smoker Inc I in Union Springs, AL and Smoker Inc II in Thomasville, AL.

After retiring Harry split his time between his residences in Thomasville, AL and Klinger Lake, MI. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Grove Hill, AL. Throughout his life Harry lived as he wanted to live. He had a lifetime love for the stock market, black licorice and Michigan polish sausage. He enjoyed golfing, cocktail hour on his pontoon boat and afternoons spent on Klinger and Coldwater Lakes in Michigan. Of his many successes in life, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren, who will miss his loyalty to family and his sage advice. He cared deeply for his extended family and especially relished family gatherings and holidays. Harry was a private and proud man who will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

Harry is survived by his daughters Kimberly Crenshaw of Brentwood, TN, Kathy (Jimmy) King of Dothan, AL, his sons Greg (Carolyn) Smoker of Panama City, FL, Jeff Smoker of Guthrie, KY, Kevin (Kendra) Smoker of Thomasville, AL, Robert Carl Smoker of Thomasville, AL, his brother Jerry Smoker of Coldwater, MI, his sister Phyllis (Ron) Crampton of Bronson, MI, his grandchildren Billy (Fredda) Hallford of Dothan, AL, Jason (Rachal) Smoker of Panama City Beach, FL, Justin (Kate)Smoker of Union Springs, AL, Carlie (Todd) Cruise of Nashville, TN, Harrison Crenshaw of Dothan, AL, Sydney King and fiancé Chase Givens of Dothan, AL, Jim King and Lyvi King of Dothan, AL, Sage Smoker, Zach Smoker and Spencer Smoker of Thomasville, AL, Carolyn Wisler Smoker Neal, mother of his first five children. His great grandchildren, Caleb Smoker, Jacob Smoker, Garrett Smoker, Hudson Crenshaw, Marlowe Cruise, Stokes Hallford, Flynn Hallford, Preston Merritt, Christian Merritt and Sydney Barrow.

He was preceded in death by his parents , his brother Marvin Smoker and sister in law Mary Smoker all of Bronson, MI; and the mother of his youngest child Carole McCrory Smoker.

Memorial donations may be directed to St. Mary of Assumption Church or School.
Published in The Daily Reporter on Apr. 29, 2014
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