Smiley Conerly’s Obituary

Smiley E. Conerly

March 27, 1941 – June 30, 2020

Smiley E. Conerly

Smiley E. Conerly, a devoted husband, Dad, Papa, and loyal friend went to meet his Lord June 30, 2020. The name “Smiley” was a perfect fit for him because he lived his life with love and laughter, and he found joy in all circumstances. He was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was important—serving His Lord and the simplicity of living life with those you love.


Funeral services for Mr. Smiley E. Conerly, 79, of Osyka, MS will be on Friday July 3, 2020, at First Baptist Church, Kentwood, LA at 12 PM, with burial to follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Osyka, MS. Bro. Darryl Miller and Bro. Joey Miller will be officiating the services, with Sharkey Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


Visitation will be at Kentwood First Baptist Church on Friday July 3, 2020, from 10 AM until 12 PM. Smiley passed from this life on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, MS. He was born on March 27, 1941 in Bogalusa, LA.


He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren who were the light of his life. He also enjoyed playing dominoes with his friends, faithfully serving as a deacon at his church for over 50 years, riding his tractor, and watching LSU football “Geaux Tigers”.


Preceding him in death were his parents, Owen Watt Conerly and Lillie Reid Conerly, his brother Michael Conerly, and his sister Francis “Chee Chee” McKenzie.


Survivors are his beloved and cherished wife of 53 years, Carol Conerly; 2 daughters, Jana Creel and husband Dwaine of Osyka, Tammi Dyer and husband John of Phoenix; 5 grandchildren Morgan, Bubba and wife Emily, and Courtney Creel, and Allison and Catherine Dyer; and a host of family and friends.


Pallbearers are Tom Tolar, Scott Womack, Pete Louviere, Bubba Creel, Chad Conerly, and Jeff Simmons.


Honorary pallbearers are Harold Fussell, Mike Williams, Lanny Conerly, and Larry McDaniel.


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