Smiley Family Charities
Devon “Devo” William LaMarr Smiley was born July 1, 1998. He was his father’s dream and his mother’s gift. Devon was the youngest of three children, and learned early on to challenge his siblings’ way of thinking as they challenged him daily to leave a legacy.
From an early age, Devo had a big personality and an indomitable and gregarious spirit. He enjoyed sports, but early on primarily for the comradery and snacks. As he grew older, so did his enjoyment for soccer, track, wrestling, and baseball. but most of all in football. He made it a point to regularly hit the weight room several nights and weekends while working part-time. He volunteered at a counselor for children’s football and baseball camps, and through his willingness to play and engage with the kids, often became a favorite counselor. Devon once wrote, “Kids always seem to have a fun time around me and I love making them laugh. when kids laugh, it makes me feel like I have impacted their loves in a positive way.”
Tragically, at the age of 17, Devon a senior at South Haven High School, was killed in a car accident on November 1, 2015. Devo will be fondly remembered by his friends and family for his shining personality, giving sense of self, belief in the good of others, fun-loving desire to boundaries of living, and most of all for his kindness.