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Obituary for Michael Smith

Date of Birth: 6/22/1940

Date of Death: 5/30/2006

Age: 66

Lakeland FL

"LAKELAND -- Serving as the announcer for the Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts band was just one of many ways that Mr. Michael Smith served the Lakeland community. ""They called him ""the voice of the Dreadnaught Band,"" said his son, Chris Smith of Lakeland. Mr. Smith was an announcer for 15 years for Lakeland High. ""He announced not only at the football games but quite a few times at concerts for Lakeland High School. He announced for the district marching festival, the Marching MPA,"" his son said. Mr. Smith, a retired banker and former teacher at Polk Community College, died of lung failure Tuesday (May 30, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was 65. The lifelong Lakeland resident was born on June 20, 1940, and graduated from Lakeland High and the University of Florida. ""He was the first-ever honor graduate of the Florida school of banking at the University of Florida,"" Chris Smith said. Mr. Smith's career in banking spanned more than 44 years. He worked at Florida National, which later became First Union, and at Wachovia, where he retired as the vice president of operations/area operations officer last June. Mr. Smith taught classes in banking at Polk Community College for 15 years. Mr. Smith, who had a longtime interest in law enforcement, served as an auxiliary police officer in Lakeland for 11 years. He was chairman of the civil service review board for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was a member of the Lakeland Police Officer Retirement Fund and the first civilian chairman of its board. He was an avid reader and sports enthusiast who supported the UF Gators, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Lightning and Dreadnaughts. Mr. Smith was a deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church. In addition to his son, Chris Smith, Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pat Smith; daughter, Debbie Jones, Lakeland, and three grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Heath Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the Lakeland High School Dreadnaughts band."