Ermon Smiley was born February 22nd, 1927 at the home of his parents in Dana, KY. He was one of seven children; survived by Beulah Samons, Cornela Conn and Louanna Conn and preceeded in death by Charles Floyd Smiley, Eula Conn, Lillian Akers, Sivelvie Smiley and Donald Smiley.
In his early years, Ermon attended school at the Banner Schoolhouse. As an early adolescent, he worked mostly as a farmhand general and at age eighteen, he was drafted into the United States Army. His basic training was completed at Fort Fannin in Texas before deploying to Italy. As a Private First Class, he was assigned to the 503rd Military Police Battalion working as a Military Police for 18 months toward the end of WWII. Upon military discharge, he recieved a Victory Ribbon and Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). He then returned to Kentucky where he reconnected with a childhood friend who later became the love of his life. On December 30, 1946 Ermon and Dinah (Boyd) married and within a year started their family. Ermon was preceeded in death by four children; Ranold Smiley, Ronald Smiley, Joey Smiley and Renee Smiley and survived by, Helen Willis, Dean (Vanessa) Smiley, Ernie (Brenda) Smiley and Carol Maddox. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In 1952, he hired in at Ford Motor Company where he was employeed for thirty years as a machinest. Of of his greatest joys in life was his relationship with God. He attended the Old Regular Baptist Church where he served faithfully for over fifty years as a member of the congregation as well as a Deacon of the church. Ermon enjoyed traveling with his wife; particularly to northern Michigan. He resided up north in Johannesburg for eight years. His greatest joys there was having family come visit, Elk viewing, fishing, skipping stones at the lake, taking the grandchildren to Call of the Wild and hunting with his sons and grandsons. Later, him and his wife moved back closer to family in Attica, Michigan. They resided there until the death of his first wife in 2003. After many years alone, he sought companionship with a long time friend (June Smith) of his and his first wife. They eventually married and spent four years together before June passed in 2014. In his remaining years, he moved next door to his daughter where his children and grandchildren would visit him regularly.
Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Little Salem Old Regular Baptist Church, Dana, with Gordon Boyd and others officiating. Burial will follow in the Akers Family Cemetery, Dana, visitation is from 2 until 8 p.m. Friday at Hall Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church, under the professional and dignified care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Kentucky.
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