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Official Obituary of

Harold William Smoak

December 26, 1934 ~ March 20, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Harold Smoak Obituary

Harold William Smoak, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 20, 2024 with his loving family by his side at his home in Loris, South Carolina. He was born on December 26, 1934 in Cordova, South Carolina to the late Hampton Smoak & Minnie Stroble Smoak.

Along with his parents, Harold is reunited in passing with his loving wife of over sixty-four years, Margaret Vivian Smoak and their son, David Smoak. He is also predeceased by sisters, Elizabeth Turner & Lillian Parler; and brothers, Benton Smoak, Hamp Smoak, Jr. & Grover Smoak

Smokey, as he was affectionately known as- proudly served our country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he was able to enjoy the finer things in life. Smokey relocated to Murrells Inlet with his family where he worked tirelessly across the Grand Strand. Smokey was a master welder with an eye for perfection who proudly owned his own Kitchen Equipment & Repair Company. His attention to detail made him an integral part of the restaurant industry and local community. Many (he would tell you ‘all’) local business owners relied on Smokey’s expertise and appreciated his time and efforts. In his free time, Smokey found peace while being outdoors. He was particularly fond of tending to his lawn and garden and took great pride in his flower beds. Above all else, Smokey loved his family with his whole heart. He will be deeply missed but fondly remembered for his quick wit, infectious laughter and the love he had for his family.

Left to cherish Harold’s memory are his adoring daughter, Pamela Rehm and her husband John of Loris, SC; & son, Michael Smoak and his wife Marsha of Prosperity, SC; grandchildren, Mikey Smoak (Lisa), Bryan Smoak (Bianca), Katelyn Boehm (Shaun), Aubrey Jones (Chandler) and Ricky Summers; great grandchildren, Gracie, Lydia, Laramie, Faith & Lauren; great great-granddaughter, Hazel; sister, Gladys Ruple; as well as an army of nieces, nephews and cousins; a large, loving, extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.

A Celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Saturday March 30, 2024 at 12:00PM at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. The family will gather to greet friends from 11:00AM until the time of service.

At the request of the family, please consider memorial contributions in lieu of flowers. Donations in Harold’s name may be made to, Maple Baptist Church Building Fund/ Food Pantry, 4500 State Hwy 65, Conway, SC 29526,

Burroughs Funeral Home of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is honored to assist the family. 

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March 30, 2024

12:00 PM
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3558 Old Kings Hwy.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


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