COLUMBIA -- The funeral service for Mr. Francis "Frank" Marion Smiley, 86, of Columbia, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Eau Claire Baptist Church, with the Rev. James A. Goudelock officiating. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Members of the Men's Sunday School Class are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be given to the Missions Fund at Eau Claire Baptist Church, 4427 Main St., Columbia, SC 29203 or to Skyland Drive Bible Church, 901 Skyland Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. Shives Funeral Home is assisting the family. Mr. Smiley passed on to his heavenly mansion on Feb. 26, 2009. Born in Roanoke, Va. on Dec. 15, 1922, he was a son of the late Earnest Blake and Mary Brugh Smiley. Frank served in World War II from 1941 to 1947 as a master tech sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, Third Marine Air Wing. He re-enlisted during the Korean War, serving from 1950 to 1953. Frank was the chief license inspector for the City of Columbia for 29 years and worked part-time with Sears for 40 years. 'Smiley' was a Sunday School teacher and deacon as a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church for 40 years and served as a church coordinator with Prison Fellowship for 20 years. In 1999, he joined Eau Claire Baptist Church and became a deacon and assistant teacher for the Charity Sunday School Class. It was at Eau Claire Baptist years earlier, as a young marine, that he met and later married his bride of now 64 years, Doris Cook. Frank enjoyed teaching children object lessons in church. He made furniture and novelty items in a small wood shop in his backyard. Smiley never met a stranger and would often approach a young couple in a restaurant and say "You look like a nice family. I would like to give you a washer and dryer." He would then hand them a clothespin with a metal washer glued to it that he had made. Survivors include, his wife, Doris; children, Mary S. Pathel and Frank M. Smiley Jr.; three grandchildren, Earl M. Pathel, Rena P. Davis and Nelson Smiley; six great grandchildren, Kendall, Crystal, Kenneth, Shannon, Mary L. and Brianna; also part of the family that Frank loved are Stan Pathel, Jay Davis, Lynda Pathel, Frank and Betty Price, Dona and Barbara Cook; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff of National Health Care and Tri-County Hospice as well as Dr. Gopi Shah for the genuine love and gentle care they provided., (803) 754-6290.