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Mr. Bevin Smith

April 7, 1935 — December 25, 2016

Bevin "Bud" Smith died peacefully at home on December 25, 2016 after a courageous battle with pneumonia and cancer. He was 81.

Bud was known for his kind and gentle nature, his love of life and laughter. Even when faced with illness and medical procedures, his wonderful nature remained. The nurses that treated him through his hospitalization spoke of him as the "best patient" ever.

Bud's story began on April 7, 1935 in Vassar Michigan. Raised on the family farm, he knew the value of honesty, hard work and the love of family. He attended Vassar High School until he joined the U.S. Navy in 1952. Upon leaving the Navy, Bud married Florence Ford on May 5, 1956. She preceded him in death in 2005. Bud and Florence were known for their commitment to one another, their love of laughter and awesome dancing skills. Some called them the life of the party. Bud was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and many of his sisters.

Those left to cherish Bud's memory include his daughter Melinda and her husband Frank Harris Jr, his sisters, Glenor Creel and Carol Vickers and many special nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind the children and grandchildren of his heart that were shining stars in his life as well as many friends and the canine companions that he loved so dearly. His spirit will live on in all of them.

A man with a bright spirit and zest for living, he was cheerful and loving into the final hours of his life. Greeting friends and family with a smile and calling them by beloved nicknames, his demeanor never wavered. Never fond of pomp and circumstance, Bud asked that those who attend his celebration of life ceremony, do so in casual comfortable dress.

The family has honored Bud's wish and cremation has taken place. On Monday January 2, 2017 there will be a time of visiting with the family at the Hanlin Funeral Home from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Beginning at 4:00 pm there will be a time of sharing and a time to celebrate Bud's life. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or your local animal shelter/rescue.


Serving Since 1928

Hanlin Funeral Home

Monday January 2nd, 2017

1:00pm - 4:00pm

4823 West Main St
Millington, MI 48746

Hanlin Funeral Home

Monday January 2nd, 2017

4:00pm - 4:45pm

4823 West Main Street
Millington, MI 48746

Special Instructions: A fellowiship dinner and gathering will follow at the Vassar United Methoodist Church.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mr. Bevin Smith, please visit our flower store.


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