Oral “Uncle Orie” V. Smalley 96 of rural Harrison passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Brighton, Michigan. Oral was born August 7, 1920 at the family farm in Harrison, the son of Miles H. and Blanche L. (Parmeter) Smalley. Mr. Smalley answered the call of his country and honorably enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. Oral was united in marriage to his sweetheart, Ms. Lucille Isabelle Rouse on May 1, 1942 in Harrison. After sixty-eight years of marriage, Mrs. Smalley preceded Oral in death on December 26, 2010.
Mr. Smalley had resided in Harrison most of his life. He lived briefly in Seattle, WA, and Flint, Michigan from 1951-1973 then returned to the homestead. Oral was a member of the Carpenters Local 706. Mr. Smalley enjoyed nature, farming, reading science, history and evolution books, hunting, fishing and had donated thirty years of National Geographic Magazines to the Social Studies Department of Harrison High School.
Mr. Smalley is survived by his two loving daughters; Dianne J. Watson and husband Victor of Brighton, Michigan and Reva M. Smalley of Grand Rapids, Michigan, three grandchildren; Robert Edward Watson and wife Susan, David Oral Watson and wife Aimee of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Amanda L. Bryant and husband Jeff of Caledonia, Michigan, seven great-grandchildren; Noah, Hayden, Beckett, Ethan, Reece, Suzie and Grace, plus many nieces and nephews. Mr. Smalley also was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services honoring Mr. Smalley will be held Saturday, February, 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. from Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison with Rev. Kaye Ferguson-Patton officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until time of services. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of V.F.W. Post 1075 of Harrison and American Legion Post 404 also of Harrison. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrison. Memorial gifts in honor of Mr. Smalley may be considered to: Hospice of Michigan, 932 N Mitchell St, Cadillac, MI. 49601. To share an online memory or condolence with Oral’s family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mr. Smalley are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989) 539-7810.