David "Neil" Smiley Sr.
1937 - 2021
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David "Neil" Smiley, Sr., 83, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

He was a lifelong resident of Liberty and Bryan Counties. He was a veteran of the Georgia National Guard. He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation and from the Bryan County Inspections Department. Neil was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed planting gardens and sharing all of the fruits and vegetables he grew with family and friends.

Neil was preceded in death by his two brothers, Joseph Carroll Smiley, Jr. and William "Billy" Smiley; and two sisters, Margaret Floyd and Betty Floyd.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Smiley; son and daughter-in-law, David and Laura Smiley; daughter and son-in-law, Dana Kay and Dave Johnson; four grandchildren, Jay Smiley (Ashley), Ryan Smiley, Allison Thomas (Dylan), and Jordan Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Elizabeth, and Walker; two brothers, Robert "Bob" Smiley and Hugh Smiley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Gumbranch Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Neil's family requests remembrances be made to GHC Hospice Foundation, Post Office Box 15665, Savannah, GA 31416.

Carter Funeral Home Bryan Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.carterbryanchapel.com.

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Published in Coastal Courier from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JAN
23
Graveside service
03:00 PM
Gumbranch Baptist Church Cemetery
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January 29, 2021
He was a brother in Christ.He believed and loved the Lord.He was a fighter to overcome whatever come against him.God healed him through many obstacles in his walk with Christ.His faith has made him whole.Prayer is the key to heaven,but faith unlocks the door.The time that I met him he was a servant of the Lord.He is healed!!
Pamela Dillard
Friend
January 22, 2021
My friend Neil was the person and man everyone wanted too be including myself. Sure we cut up when he was around, but when time for business that was it. WE both teased about changing our names to Timex . I always got a kick out of his ring message with his buddy Elvis, I would always ask him where's Elvis i heard him. He stood by me in quite a few struggles with Bryan Co. he was quick to let them know all I have done for our area and others. Not many people will blow your horn for you , that the kind person Neil was and is.
After meeting our maker I can only imagine he was scrambling trying to find Elvis- he might not have been home? God will and have blessed your family with many super good times although we all hated to see him slip away. Rest In Peace my friend. Love you guys.
January 22, 2021
Uncle Neil was such a great man! He was devoted to Aunt Barbara and a wonderful and caring dad to David and Dana. My parents and brothers will be happy to greet him in Heaven, along with Uncle Billy, Aunt Betty, and Aunt Margaret. I loved him.
Vicki Smiley
Family
January 22, 2021
The father of my best and dearest friend, I have always held Mr. Smiley in very high esteem. Honorable, friendly, and respectable in every way. I'm sure that some of the shenanigans of David and me helped to develop his great patience! My fondest memory of this great man involve a camping/fishing trip on the banks of the Canoochee river on Fort Stewart. We had such a great time that weekend. I offer my most sincere and humble condolences to all of the family. Let not your thoughts to be consumed by the pain and loss, but rather, focus on the many great memories and blessings that you have known through Mr. Smiley.
Ricky Bodaford
Friend
January 21, 2021
I met Mr. Smiley while working with the Bryan County Road Dept. I remember him as a very easy-going and likeable man. Very sorry to hear he has passed.
Jimmy Clark
January 21, 2021
Prayers for all who loved this gentle giant.
Alice Rogers
Friend
January 21, 2021
Very sorry to hear of David’s passing.
Dennis and Jan Waters
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