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Philip Michael Smythe Obituary


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“I am sorry to hear of Mr. Smythe's passing. He was my sixth grade teacher and my favorite one out of all my school teachers. He remembered me long...Read More »
1 of 105 | Posted by: Brenda Wymer-Maines - NC

“I had Mr. Smythe in the 6th grade at Marion Elementary. He was then and remains today one of my favorite teachers - including my college professors....Read More »
2 of 105 | Posted by: P.E. Thomas - Los Angeles, CA

“Just heard of Mike's passing from Zeke and Feather Councilor. As has been stated by other Roanoke College fraternity brother's of Mikes, he was a...Read More »
3 of 105 | Posted by: Chuck Freeman - Jamestown, NM

“Liz, I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He was my big brother in college, and I was devastated to learn that he had passed on. I always...Read More »
4 of 105 | Posted by: Jack Wade - Oakton, VA

“Liz, we just learned of Mike's passing. Dave is SO grateful that they had lunch together a month before his death. Our love and prayers and hugs are...Read More »
5 of 105 | Posted by: Debbie Tanis - Salem, VA

“We just today heard the news of Mike's passing. We go back to the days of Roanoke College and have nothing but fond memories of Mike. He was such a...Read More »
6 of 105 | Posted by: Debbie and Steve Moses - Roanoke, VA

“I just heard about Mike's passing and I wanted to offer my condolences. We attended RC together and were fraternity brothers. He was a great...Read More »
7 of 105 | Posted by: Richard Costello - Mansfield, TX

“Mike and I were each others first roommate at Roanoke College. We immediately became best of friends, and I would have to say he was a big reason...Read More »
8 of 105 | Posted by: Dennis and Betty Bowden - VA

“The news of Mike's passing has just caught up with me, and I am greatly saddened. Our prayers are with Liz and the family and we know their...Read More »
9 of 105 | Posted by: Ed and Debbie Bennett - Salem, VA

“Mike was a true gentleman. I saw Mike when we came to Marion, either at the golf course or the Wellness Center. I enjoyed watching him play...Read More »
10 of 105 | Posted by: Susan Copenhaver - Berlin, MD

“I'm so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. My deepest condolences to his family. We will miss such a wonderful human being. ”
11 of 105 | Posted by: Julie Humsi - San Diego, CA

“I was so very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was a friend to everyone, and I considered him to be a good friend. My deepest sympathy to his...Read More »
12 of 105 | Posted by: Linda Fox Blevins - Morgantown, WV

“Pat and family, my condolences to all of you. Mike was a special person and will be missed by so many people. At the wellness center, he always...Read More »
13 of 105 | Posted by: Lee graybeal - Cary, NC

“I feel for your loss. Mr. Smythe was one of those teachers I will always remember. His legacy of all the youth he touched is a great testimonial. I...Read More »
14 of 105 | Posted by: John Kirby - Roanoke, VA

“Dear Mrs. Smythe, My deepest condolences for the passing of Mr. Smythe. He had a lasting impact of hundreds if not thousands of lives. I will...Read More »
15 of 105 | Posted by: Thomas Levi Thompson - CA

“I didn't know Mike personally, but heard all about various antics through my (older) sister Susan, who was his age. And I watched him play a lot of...Read More »
16 of 105 | Posted by: Lewis Garnett - Pfafftown, NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have such fond memories of growing up on Mountain View Drive and the wonderful people who...Read More »
17 of 105 | Posted by: Gordon Bass - Richmond, VA

“There are no words to express the shock and sadness. You and your family are in my prayer during this time. ”
18 of 105 | Posted by: Libby Clawson Gatewood - Chester, VA

“Pat, I am stunned and saddened to hear of Mike's death. You both were an integral part of my childhood. I am holding you in my heart and in my...Read More »
19 of 105 | Posted by: Tina Nelson Quillian - Lynchburg, VA

“Pat, I am so sorry to hear about Mike. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lola ”
20 of 105 | Posted by: Maria Hardesty - Winston-Salem, NC

“Pat, thinking of you during this difficult time. Your brother was a wonderful person, loved by so many people... ”
21 of 105 | Posted by: Jeri Deel Barnett - VA

“Liz, I am so sorry to hear of not only your loss but the communities. Mike was one of a kind. The impression the two of you made on my children...Read More »
22 of 105 | Posted by: Shon and Tammy Peake - Marion, VA

“I am so sorry to hear of Mr.Smythes' passing. I had you both for teachers in the 6th grade. I had a great year because of you both. I just found out...Read More »
23 of 105 | Posted by: Cindy Taylor Combs - Marion, VA

“I am so sad to hear of my cousin Mike's passing. Although we haven't seen each other in years, I have wonderful childhood memories which included...Read More »
24 of 105 | Posted by: LYNNE SMYTHE LORCH - LEXINGTON, KY

“Mrs. Smythe, As is seen in many memorials listed here, Mr. Smythe was a very positive influences on countless students over the years. I count...Read More »
25 of 105 | Posted by: Chuck Brown - Beijing, VA

“Hi Liz, I wanted you to know how sorry that I was to hear of Mike's passing. He was my 6th grade math teacher. The two of you had just started dating...Read More »
26 of 105 | Posted by: Diane Grubb Lincoln - Abingdon, VA

“Sorry to hear of Mike's passing, I know he will be greatly missed by everyone that he ever came in touch with. Mike was a wonderful person and...Read More »
27 of 105 | Posted by: Ron & Doa Wright - Woodstock, GA

“Uncle Mike and Aunt Elizabeth, I greatly appreciated your advice as I began teaching. We have been thinking about you and we love you both very much....Read More »
28 of 105 | Posted by: Jim Happer - Princeton, NJ

“Mike was such a kind and caring person. My mother thought so much of him and Liz when she taught with them at Marion Elementary school. His was a...Read More »
29 of 105 | Posted by: Cyndy Ellis Young - Doylestown, PA

“Liz Nan & I will be out of town, but we send our deepest condolences at Mike's passing. He fought the fight with dignity and courage.No words can...Read More »
30 of 105 | Posted by: Everett & Nan Neese - Marion, VA

“Mrs. Smythe - my thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm so sorry for your loss. It was a blessing to know Mike, and I'm very grateful for the...Read More »
31 of 105 | Posted by: Shelly Slemp - Sugar Grove, VA

“Mike was a good man.I always liked and respected him. He seemed to always have a kind word to say about everyone. My sincere sympathy goes out to Liz...Read More »
32 of 105 | Posted by: Lewis Foreman - Bristol, VA

“May God hold you and family in his loving arms and bring you peace. The Engels Family The Tides A2 ”
33 of 105 | Posted by: Gail and Gary Engels - SC

“To Liz and family - I was so saddened to hear about Mike. Not only was he my teacher, but he was also a friend of our family. If it wasn't for Mr....Read More »
34 of 105 | Posted by: Paige Brett - Seminole, FL

“God has called another Amazing soilder to his Army. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you dearly. My God embrace you and smile on you! ”
35 of 105 | Posted by: Rickina Alley - Marion, VA

“Dear Smythe family: I was one of Mike's friends in high school. I always felt he had such a gentle soul and that he was always a gentleman. I am...Read More »
36 of 105 | Posted by: Delania Shupe Harrison - Roanoke, VA

“Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. So glad you were able to see him one more time on vacation. Take care. ”
37 of 105 | Posted by: Lynn & Gregg Ramsey - Reading, PA

“Mr. Smythe and Mrs. Smythe were some personal favorite teachers of mine and simply some of the best! May his spirit live on through our thoughts and...Read More »
38 of 105 | Posted by: Jenn Weaver - Richmond (Marion), VA

“Mike always told it like it was. He knew what to say and when to say it, (or not say it). He was genuine and kind, a teacher at heart, and a friend...Read More »
39 of 105 | Posted by: Thom and Jean Weaver - Marion, VA

“Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you during this sad time. We didn't have the opportunity to meet Mike, but we know how much he was loved...Read More »
40 of 105 | Posted by: Susan Boerner - Kennett Square, PA

“Pat and family Through the years, you and I had spoken about our brothers, each of us having only one.I feel so blessed that I got to meet Mike and...Read More »
41 of 105 | Posted by: Mary A Boury - Knightdale, NC

“Dear Smythe Family We extend much sympathy during your time of sorrow. May God comfort you and give you strength. While I, Don, was not...Read More »
42 of 105 | Posted by: Don & Imogene Orfield - VA

“God has reached down and plucked one of the finest angels to inhabit earth to make heaven a happier and friendlier place for all to share when Mike...Read More »
43 of 105 | Posted by: Dan and Nancy Bales - Woodstock, GA

“My family and I were so sorry to hear of Mike's death while on vacation at the beach this week. My mother and I regret that we will not be able to...Read More »
44 of 105 | Posted by: Ellen Wagner - Marion, VA

“I was sorry to hear of Mike death, my prays and thoghts are with u daiy.. Buster Hagy ”
45 of 105 | Posted by: WM - bristol, TN

“I was blessed to have had Mike as a friend during my teenage years in Marion. I had not seen him in many many years, but will always remember him as...Read More »
46 of 105 | Posted by: Donna Pennington-Eades - Bristol, TN

“What a good friend Mike has been through the years since Miss Earley's 4th grade class. I am blessed that I was able to laugh and talk with Mike...Read More »
47 of 105 | Posted by: Ervin Farmer '65 - Danville, KY

“MISS MYRTLE feels and welcomes your Spirit! She thanks you for all the great times at "her" place. Folks may no longer see you on the dance floor...Read More »
48 of 105 | Posted by: jan Ferguson - North Myrtle Beach, SC

“This news has broken my heart. I loved Mr. Smythe and I will forever take the memories of him and his wife telling me they would see me playing N.C....Read More »
49 of 105 | Posted by: Jamie Phillips - Marion, VA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you, may God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you. Mr. Smythe was my 6th grade teacher in the early 1970...Read More »
50 of 105 | Posted by: Donna Williams Maloskey - VA

“Liz, I know this was a very hard thing for the two of you to go through. God will remain with you to guide you and help you through this grieving...Read More »
51 of 105 | Posted by: Sondra - Rural Retreat, VA

“please know that although we have not kept in touch as often happens, mike will always be a hugh part of my memories growing up. he was a very...Read More »
52 of 105 | Posted by: carole smythe whitney and family - VA

“Mike and I attended school together from grade school thru high school. We were in the band together from 3rd grade on thru 12th. Mike will...Read More »
53 of 105 | Posted by: Linda & John Lox - Union Hall, VA

“Your faith in Christ will bring you through the storm that is only temporary as your spouse enters eternity with our Lord. ”
54 of 105 | Posted by: Dr. Delano Bolter - Marion, VA

“Dear Elizabeth, May the tender mercy that God has always shown be with you now so you will know that you are not alone. And may the prayers of...Read More »
55 of 105 | Posted by: John & Nancy Aker - Roanoke, VA

“Oh Liz. My heart aches for you and your family. How fortunate you are to have had the love of such a good man. What wonderful memories you must...Read More »
56 of 105 | Posted by: Eleanor Jones - Apopka, FL

“Mike was a person whose humor and whose public dedication raises the bar for all of us. He will be sorely missed by his family and community. ...Read More »
57 of 105 | Posted by: Gene and Marty Copenhaver - VA

“I'm sorry for your loss. May God bring you comfort and healing in the days ahead. Keeping family and friends in my thoughts and prayers. ”
58 of 105 | Posted by: Elaine Woods - Chilhowie, VA

“Some of my earliest and best memories were when our families got together. It meant the world to me to reconnect with Mike in the last 6 months. He...Read More »
59 of 105 | Posted by: Nancy Smythe Pengelly

“Mrs. Smythe, We were so sorry to hear about your dear husband. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and...Read More »
60 of 105 | Posted by: Lawrence & Carolyn Holman - VA

“So sorry to hear of Mike's death. We will be praying for you and the family. Mr. Smythe will always be in our hearts and memories. He was an...Read More »
61 of 105 | Posted by: Tabetha Jennings Barker - Marion, VA

“Liz, we were so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Benjamin was so sorry to hear about it, too. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Mike was a...Read More »
62 of 105 | Posted by: Pam Conner - Marion, VA

“Liz, I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great man and I enjoyed the time I worked with him at the Holston Hills. I'll keep you in my...Read More »
63 of 105 | Posted by: Cheyenne Gillespie Thompson - VA

“Mr. Smythe was a major influence on my developing mind not only academically but especially in the realm of music. I'll never forget early mornings,...Read More »
64 of 105 | Posted by: Jake Murray - Bristol, VA

“Mrs. Smythe, We are so sorry to learn of Mr. Smythe's passing. He was an all around great guy. A wonderful school teacher & friend. He will be...Read More »
65 of 105 | Posted by: Rodney & Cindy Poston Blevins - VA

“Mrs. Liz Smythe and family, Our family sends our most sincere sympathy to you. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that you find peace in all...Read More »
66 of 105 | Posted by: Laura (Nipper) Weiss - Navarre, FL

“Sorry to hear. I had Mr. and Mrs. Smythe for teachers...Loved both...You will be missed... ”
67 of 105 | Posted by: Melissa Rouse Welch - Marion, VA

“Mrs. Smythe, Mr. Smythe and yourself were two of the most compassionate teachers! This past spring, I was flying a kite with my little boys and I...Read More »
68 of 105 | Posted by: Cary Reeves Lampkins - Chilhowie, VA

“Mr. Smythe will always remain dear to my heart. He instilled in me a love of reading that continues. On the last day of school, he told us he would...Read More »
69 of 105 | Posted by: Heather Fuller Brown - Speedwell, VA

“Liz, Please accept my condolences on Mike's passing. I was honored to meet him and be able to spend time with him both at work and on the golf...Read More »
70 of 105 | Posted by: Rodney Ford - Marion, VA

“Elizabeth, we are so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was one of the most beloved people we've ever known. He has definitely left his mark on...Read More »
71 of 105 | Posted by: Brian & Becky Reynolds - Marion, VA

“I only knew Mike for a short time recently. Absolutely one of the nicest most genuine people you will ever meet. ”
72 of 105 | Posted by: Aaron Cline - Bristol, TN

“Words cannot express how much Mr. Smythe will be missed. He was truly an amazing person and an even better teacher. Not only that but as I grew up I...Read More »
73 of 105 | Posted by: Jennifer (Pettis) Harrison - VA

“Please know you are in my daily thoughts and prayer. Mike, as you well know was a super person and will be missed by all that knew him. I know you...Read More »
74 of 105 | Posted by: Donna Fulton Puckett - Abingdon, VA

“Liz and family..... We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike. He was such a wonderfull person and teacher. Laura and Denton just enjoyed...Read More »
75 of 105 | Posted by: Linda Hull - marion, VA

“Words are so inadequate to express how sad I am to hear about Mike. Please know that you and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers during...Read More »
76 of 105 | Posted by: NELLIE GULLION - marion, VA

“Sixth grade was one of my favorite school years with Mr. and Mrs. Smythe. Mike was a wonderful man and teacher who genuinely cared for people. He...Read More »
77 of 105 | Posted by: Jimmy Greer - Marion, VA

“You have touched so many lives, and we will all be praying for strength to face the future. Mike will be missed in many ways by many people. God...Read More »
78 of 105 | Posted by: John and El Saunders - marion, VA

“Mrs. Smythe, having you and Mr. Smythe in the 6th grade was one of my favorite memories! You were so friendly, funny, and all around the best...Read More »
79 of 105 | Posted by: Tammy (Griffey) Davidson - Marion, VA

“So sorry for your loss. Mr Smythe was a wonderful man and excellent teacher. He always had a smile for everyone. May god comfort you and wrap you...Read More »
80 of 105 | Posted by: Gale and Melinda Atkins - Marion, VA

“I am very sorry for your loss,Mr.Smythe was one of the best teachers I ever had.He taught us more than just books.He used to let us put bows in his...Read More »
81 of 105 | Posted by: Amberlyn Patton-Testerman - VA

“I will never forget the difference that you made in my daughter's life, when you were her teacher. You blessed her and you blessed us. Why is it that...Read More »
82 of 105 | Posted by: Joyce Sexton - Marion, VA

“You will be greatly missed Mr. Smythe!! I remember all of the good times from school and you and your loving wife inviting my friend and I in for...Read More »
83 of 105 | Posted by: Donna Chatham Cole - Marion, VA

“Liz I so sorry about the passing of Mike. He was loved by many & will be missed by us as well. I pray God's comfort & peace upon you through this...Read More »
84 of 105 | Posted by: Roslyn Graham - Marion, VA

“I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Smythe's passing. He was such a wonderful man and, without a doubt, will be greatly missed. Praying for comforting for...Read More »
85 of 105 | Posted by: Julia McElraft Akers - Fort Wayne, IN

“Mrs. Smythe, My sixth grade year with you and Mr. Smythe was one of my favorites! I remember on the first day of school he told us the story of how...Read More »
86 of 105 | Posted by: Crystal Hall - Chilhowie, VA

“To the family May God just wrap his arms around you and give you comfort now and in the days ahead. I can remember coming from Oak Point school to...Read More »
87 of 105 | Posted by: Pam Hall - Marion, VA

“So sorry to hear of Mr. Smythe's passing. Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
88 of 105 | Posted by: Sandra Bowman - Glade Spring, VA

“On behalf of my sister Mandy, my brother Todd and myself, I would like to express the sorrow we feel in the loss of Mr. Smythe. A fantastic teacher...Read More »
89 of 105 | Posted by: Bryan Baxter - Marion, VA

“So So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was an absolutely wonderful man. Thoughts prayers and much love are with you Liz and extended family. Cathy ”
90 of 105 | Posted by: Cathy Cale - Atkins, VA

“Mike will be dearly missed, especially his smiling face & kind personality. A treasure of a man! His compassion for all people was a divine gift! ...Read More »
91 of 105 | Posted by: Brenda Crigger - Friend

“Mr. Smythe was THAT teacher for me. He was my all-time favorite - EVER. I met him when I was 8 and hoped that I would be lucky enough to have him...Read More »
92 of 105 | Posted by: Melanie Hill McIntyre - Charlotte, NC

“I am so sorry for your loss!!! Mr Smythe was always a great teacher & a great person!! He will be greatly missed! You & your family will be in our...Read More »
93 of 105 | Posted by: Tonya Jones - Marion, VA

“Mr.Smythe touched my life in many ways. He seemed to always be in great spirits with his sunny yellow classroom. He made us feel good even when we...Read More »
94 of 105 | Posted by: Julie Fisher Garland - Morristown, TN

“Phil and Liz my thoughts and prayers go out to you in this time of sorrow. Mike will be missed by all. ”
95 of 105 | Posted by: Tammy Helton Sears - marion, VA

“Liz and family, One of the finest people I've ever known....so many memories of "The Silver Haired Fox"....all warm and fuzzy. I could have...Read More »
96 of 105 | Posted by: Genie Sneed Miller - Marion, VA

“Dear Elizabeth, Janet and I are so sorry for your loss. You have always been wonderful to us. May God bless and comfort you. Steve & Janet Dew ”
97 of 105 | Posted by: Steve & Janet Dew - Wytheville, VA

“So sorry to hear of Mr. Smythe's passing. He was one of my favorite teachers that I had in school and I have always remembered him with great...Read More »
98 of 105 | Posted by: Regina (Rouse) Shelton - WV

“Dear Liz, my heart breaks for you. Life is so hard and Satan is alive and well making it as difficult as he can. I'd like to encourage you to try...Read More »
99 of 105 | Posted by: Sharon Buchanan - Saltville, VA

“I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Smythe's illness and passing. He was a special part of my education as my 6th grade teacher in 1987-88. He remained...Read More »
100 of 105 | Posted by: Rebecca (Johnston) Horvath - TN

“Liz, Sorry sadden in Mike's passing. He left a great legacy to all his students and people he friended. Please know you are in my thoughts and...Read More »
101 of 105 | Posted by: Diane Eller - Marion, VA

“Harry and I are are saddened by Mike's death. Our prayers go with Liz and his family. ”
102 of 105 | Posted by: Linda Dean - Marion, VA

“Good bye dear friend. Rest in peace. Elizabeth, may God always be near you and comfort you in your loss. ”
103 of 105 | Posted by: Charles and Nancy - Roanoke, VA

“Mike was such a natural teacher and leader. I cherish the years that we taught together. ”
104 of 105 | Posted by: Joyce Cullop - Marion, VA

“So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was such an asset to the school system in his many yrs. of teaching & coaching. Praying for the family during...Read More »
105 of 105 | Posted by: Denise Paschal Armstrong - Marion, VA


MARION, VIRGINIA: PHILIP MICHAEL SMYTHE, age 65, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at his home in Marion, Virginia. Mike grew up in Marion, Virginia as a member of Christ Episcopal Church and later attended Ebenezer Lutheran Church. He graduated from Marion Senior High School in 1965 and attended Roanoke College where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi. He then graduated from Emory and Henry College in 1969 and was employed by the Smyth County School System for 33 years. Mike spent his life teaching others on the basketball court, on the golf course, and in his classroom. He was a loyal friend to many. He recognized and appreciated the value that each one brought to his life. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Smythe of Marion, Virginia; his father, Philip C. Smythe of Reading, Pennsylvania; one sister, Patricia Smythe and husband, Robert Scott Nase of Reading, Pennsylvania; niece, Susan Nase Mitchell and husband James and nephew, Philip Scott Nase and Fiancée, Marcy Raiser also survive. Mike was a beloved and integral part of each of their lives and will be forever missed. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church with Reverend Andrew Bansemer and Reverend James H. Bangle officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. There are no words to express how thankful Mike's family is for the outpouring of love and support from the community near and far. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 409 West Main Street, Marion, Virginia 24354 or to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1799, Marion, Virginia 24354. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Smythe Family.

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