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James Michael "Smurf" Liles

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James Michael "Smurf" Liles Obituary
James Michael "Smurf" Liles

Byhalia, MS

James Michael "Smurf" Liles, 57, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2017. He was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in December 2013 and continued to be an inspiration and joy to family and friends. Michael was born on March 23, 1960 in Holly Springs, MS to Ira James (Jimmy) and Corrine Ferrell Liles. He graduated from Marshall Academy and joined the MS Army National Guard in 1979. He served as supply sergeant, retiring as Sergeant First Class in 2007. During his 28 years of service Michael was deployed twice; a peace keeping mission in Bosnia (August 2001 - March 2002) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (January - November 2005). Following his military retirement, Michael worked as the Transportation Supervisor for Medline Industries in Memphis, TN. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jenny Sullivan; his two daughters, Whitney Liles of Jackson, MS and Anna(Roy) Crocker of Southaven, MS; his sister, Mitzi (Ray) Creasy of Collierville, TN; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira James (Jimmy) and Corrine Ferrell Liles, and his sister, Phyllis Liles McClendon. Visitation and funeral services will be held at Emory Independent Methodist Church located at 872 Watson Road Byhalia, MS 38611 on Monday, October 2. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with services immediately following. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent to ALS TDI, 300 Technology Square, Suite 400, Cambridge, MA 02139 or online at
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 1, 2017
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