Michael Shawn Smith affectionately known as "Shawn " to many family and friends. Passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the age of 51 at his Gastonia residence. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Alvin Smith and Sylvia Martin Harwood, sister, Susie Smith and grandparents (paternal/maternal).
He is survived by his loving stepfather, Junior Harwood, son, Jonathon Abernathy, sisters, Tina Fletcher (Michael "Jeff"), Tammy Farmer (Eddie), Wendy Smith and Shelly Harwood, brother, Marty Smith (Amy) and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Michael was born in Gastonia, NC on November 30, 1970 and was the son of the late Alvin Smith and Sylvia Martin Harwood.
Michael was a proud Christian that loved God, family and friends. Putting himself in position to offer help to his loved ones brought him great joy. Michael gained his early education in Gaston County Schools. He was not an educated man, but liked to say he had been to the “school of hard knocks” and enjoyed a successful life, being himself. He was a fun-loving guy who appreciated being the center of attention, telling jokes and had a fun way of introducing his "barter system" His fun personality and love for music is what led him to travel with one of his favorite music groups, "Bakkwoodz Band" and he took pride in setting up for shows. One of his favorite hobbies was fishing, where he could relax and enjoy the peacefulness of being by the water. He never knew a stranger and would always make you feel welcomed. Anyone that truly knew him, knew he had such a big heart. He’d give you anything even if it wasn’t his to give. He could make you laugh even when you were mad at him. He loved fiercely and deeply and we take comfort in knowing that Michael is now at peace surrounded by light.
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