David Edward Smiley, 75, a resident of Vonore, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in a Harriman health care facility. He was born July 15, 1944, in Loudon, Tenn., a son of the late Bryant and Margaret Cruze Smiley. David was a graduate of Madisonville High School, Tennessee Military Institute, and Middle Tennessee State University. David excelled in football, basketball, track and field, as well as his academics. He was employed as a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Reynolds Aluminum, Boston University and Yale University before returning to his beloved mountains in Tennessee.
David loved nature photography and had photos published in the National Audubon Society and the National Geographic Calendars. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by: one brother, Lowell Livesay. David leaves behind to cherish his memory: three daughters, Jessica Smiley-Headrick and husband Danny Headrick, of Madisonville, Angela Smiley-Asel and husband Blake, of Plano, Texas, and Forest Smiley, of Vonore; Five grandchildren, Avery and Alex Asel, Justin and Emily Headrick, and Rhys Smiley; One sister, Sherry Smiley Wilson; Brother-in-law, Robert B. Wilson III; Three nephews, Rob Wilson, Tim Wilson and Mike Livesay; Numerous other extended family members and a host of special friends. The family will hold a private service at a later date. You are encouraged to share a memory of David and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial webpage and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com. Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist his family with these arrangements.