Michael J. Smith

June 14, 2021

06/14/2021

Past Services

Visitation
Wednesday June 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Visitation
Thursday June 17, 2021
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Benwood-McMechen Chapel
214 Marshall Street
McMechen, WV 26040
304-232-1710 | Directions
Additional Information:

Firemen’s Service at 7:30 pm

Michael Joseph Smith, 81, of Benwood, WV, died Monday, June 14, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Wheeling, WV on April 1, 1940, Mike was the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Conrad) Smith. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Benwood; a life member of the Cave Club and Eagles in Wheeling; a 64 year member of the Benwood Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Fire Chief for 54 years; and a distinguished member of the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association, where he attended over 60 Fire Department Conventions. In 2017, West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, honored him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award (the highest award that can be presented to a citizen).

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Bonnie (Nickerson) Smith, grandson Joshua Fratkin and 10 sisters: Margaret Merryman, Mary Louise Greathouse, Betty Long, Bertha Schrumph, Theresa Risden, Jeannie Radcliffe, Sandy James and Nancy Hawk, infant sisters Paula and Patricia. As well as 5 brothers: Buzzy, Al, John Paul, Jimbo and Eddie.

Surviving him are his son, Thomas (Mary) Smith of Florida and 4 daughters Tammy (Ralph) Brandon of Benwood, Debbie (Lou) Richmond of Glen Dale, Kathy (CR) Coleman of Benwood, and Michelle (Rick) Robbins of Benwood. Grandchildren: Charity Karrasch of Wheeling, Kate (Coty) Shelton of Florida, Elizabeth (Keith) Berberich of Wheeling, Michael (Stephanie) Brandon of Ohio, Bryan (Laken) Brandon of Benwood, David (Megan) Richmond of Texas, Bobby Richmond and Jennifer Richmond of Glen Dale, Cirstin (Bill) Redman of Wheeling, Courtney (Benny) Sierra of Wheeling, Cristyn (Ethan) Davis of Ohio. Great-grandchildren: Kendyl, Keigan and Klayne Brandon, Jayden and Jaymison Redman, Quinton, Chloe and Nami Sierra, Zuri Davis, Alice Richmond, Declan Berberich, and Chase Snyder. A special son David Tennant of Florida. Two sisters, Ella Mae McGill and Patsy Taylor of Benwood, sister in law Marti Tennant of Florida, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood-McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, on Wednesday from 4-8 pm and Thursday from Noon until time of Fireman’s Service at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am, Friday, June 18, 2021, at St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, with Rev. That Son Ngoc Nguyen as celebrant. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Benwood Volunteer Fire Department and/or The JaymisonStrong Fund at WesBanco Bank.

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Henry Skvarka
1 year ago

We are sure the citizens of the city of Benwood are appreciative as we are of the commitment and of the lifetime of Mikes service and dedication to the community. He will sadly missed as a kind neighbor of the Skvarka’s. Our Prayers and kind thoughts and sincere condolences for Mike and all of you his family…..Henry, Bob and Martha

Tuffy Green
1 year ago

I will never forget what Mike and Bonnie did for my sister Debbie! They are Benwood’s finest! With love and sympathy ❤️

Rev. Sharon Hardman West.
1 year ago

God bless you in this time of sadness.

Jeff Kady
1 year ago

His service to the citizens of Benwood, Marshall County and the State of WV can’t begin to describe the life of service Chief Mike led. Mike was truly a man who put everyone else first. Thanks for all the lessons learned both in the fire service and in life. RIP my friend!

Weldon & Anne Howard
1 year ago

Our thoughts & prayers are with your family in this difficult time. RIP Mike

Teresa Nevels Pratt
1 year ago

Truly sorry for you loss. Hold on to your memories, let them guide you during your time of sadness.

Marie (Marchlenski) Thompson
1 year ago

Tucker, So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this sad time.

Eric James
1 year ago

Wonderful man that made his life’s work to serve people. Benwood won’t be the same without him. My deepest condolences to the family and all that knew him.

Teri & Mickey Kazemka
1 year ago

Sorry for your loss, Mike was the kindest man. Prayers to the family.

Jeffrey L Wright Jr
1 year ago

Sorry loss praying for family I remembered him long time helping for check out fire alarm apartment always I am miss you lots long time heaven with god