Ernest Michael “Mike” Smith, 71, formerly of Wills Point, passed away Monday, Feb. 14, in West Columbia, S.C., following a sudden illness. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, and the service is 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, both at Hiett’s Lybrand Funeral Home in Wills Point.
Mike was born Feb. 16, 1950, in Houston to Ernest Grady Smith Jr. and Helen Delaine Wright Smith. The family moved to Wills Point in 1955, and Mike immediately began making lifelong friends. He graduated with the Wills Point High School Class of 1968, serving as class president his sophomore year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. After working at General Dynamics, Mike learned the computer programming and database management. He owned Delta Med, a health care software system, and was CIO for TrailBlazer Health in Dallas and director of specialty IT contracts and projects at Palmetto GBA in Columbia, S.C. He retired in 2019. A former Garland resident, he lived in Blythewood, S.C. for the past nine years.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Ernest Grady Smith Sr., Annie Overstreet Smith, Ella McAllister Wright, and Thomas M. Wright; the mother of his son, Angie Baugh Smith; and many good dogs and canaries.
He is survived by his wife Deb Matthews Smith; son Michael David Smith of Kaufman; uncle Morgan and Mae Wright of Burnet; stepchildren Holly and Jason Womack of Garland, Hillary Holsonback, Harrison Holsonback, and Novle Rogers, all of Dallas; and step grandson Darby Rogers; brothers David and Robbie Smith of Colleyville and Bob and Xiaomei Smith of Frisco; sisters Lawanna Smith of Grapevine and Teresa Smith of Arlington; nephews Chris and Casey Smith, Arthur and Kat Fisher, and Shawn and Molly Smith, and nieces Delayne Smith and Yilin Chen; great nephews and great niece, Parker David Smith, Don Jasper Fisher and Josie Smith; former wife, Cindy Love; numerous cousins; and too many friends to count.
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