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John “Squeaky” Marshall Smith

Posted By obits On January 14, 2015 @ 11:46 am In Manteo,Obituaries,Outer Banks | 39 Comments

John “Squeaky” Marshall Smith

John “Squeaky” Marshall Smith, 63 passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 11th with family at his side. Born on 10/3/51 in Belhaven, NC he was the son of the late Leon Edward Smith and Maxine Midgette Smith. Squeaky moved to the Outer Banks in the early 1970’s to pursue a life of love, fishing and boat work. He retired as the “Sheriff of Tiny Town” in South Nags Head.

He is survived by one daughter, Jill Tillett of Manteo; one son, Josh Smith of Manteo; one granddaughter, Claire Tillett of Manteo; and one sister, Dottie Hamlett of Creston, NC.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at 11am Monday, January 19th at Twiford Funeral Home in Manteo. In lieu of flowers the family has requested any donations be made to YouCaring.com “In Loving Memory of Squeaky”.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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Condolence from Barbara Epperley on January 14th, 2015 12:34 pm

Squeaky took his “sheriffing” seriously, watching out for everyone’s well-being. I will miss this fixture. Another piece of “local color” gone.

Condolence from Chuck Clark on January 14th, 2015 1:25 pm

Jill, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Paula and Benjie Stansky on January 14th, 2015 2:03 pm

It’s a sad time for a lot of folks. Jill and Claire, we are both so sorry about your loss. Squeaky was a great guy. Always a smile on his face and always happy to see you. We are all going to miss him. Big hug to you both.

Condolence from Billy McKenney on January 14th, 2015 2:31 pm

I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and and Clair

Condolence from George and Linda Pearce (Manteo, NC) on January 14th, 2015 3:04 pm

Our sympathies to his family and many friends. He’ll be remembered and missed!

Condolence from Brenda Shiflet on January 14th, 2015 3:31 pm

I met Squeaky in Hatteras and he always made us smile. I will miss his smile and mustache. My prayers to the family

Condolence from Ray Geary on January 14th, 2015 5:04 pm

A true original and a great friend to many lucky people. RIP Squeaky. You will be missed but never forgotten.

Condolence from Trisha on January 14th, 2015 5:48 pm

Jill and Josh,
So sorry for your loss. It’s hard to lose a Dad. If you need anything give me a call. Love you both!

Condolence from Jackie beasley on January 14th, 2015 7:12 pm

jill, Josh, and Claire, I am so sorry about Squeak. Sure thinking about you thru all of this. Love you all.

Condolence from Missy & Stan Newman on January 14th, 2015 7:54 pm

Jill, Josh and Claire we are sending our sincere condolences to you during this sad time. Squeak was a good friend.
Stan & Missy

Condolence from Stacey Sheetz on January 14th, 2015 8:25 pm

Jill, Josh and Claire, my deepest sympathy for your loss of Squeaky. No words can sooth your pain but know you all are in our thoughts and Prayers

Condolence from Sandy Barile on January 14th, 2015 9:03 pm

i am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Love and prayers to you and family.

Condolence from Sharon griffin waters on January 15th, 2015 12:01 am

Rest in peace old friend, it was a good run! We had alot of good times
and great memories

Condolence from Tami diggs Boniface on January 15th, 2015 7:22 am

My prayers are with you Jill and Josh. Your dad was definitely one of the happiest people I had the privilege of knowing. I loved him trying to show tourist at Sam & Omie’s how to make a wanchese coozie. I guess he and jerry are now both having a beer together and going over who is the sherif of heaven now! Love to you all

Condolence from Debra Johnson on January 15th, 2015 8:12 am

Our hearts are broken for your loss. Squeaky will truly be missed!

Condolence from karen basham on January 15th, 2015 8:38 am

Jill I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Bonnie Jo Waits on January 15th, 2015 10:44 am

I loved Squeaky. He really was always happy and could always put me in a good mood. I can’t remember ever seeing him sad or angry. He was a very good friend to my whole family and Stormy still uses the Christmas stocking every year that he had his aunt make for her. Praying for y’all and wishing you laughter thru tears. Love to you Jill and Josh and Claire Bear.

Condolence from Crystal Whittington on January 15th, 2015 11:04 am

I was so very sorry to hear about your father Squeaky he was such a wonderful man, always a smile on his face.He will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you Josh and Jill..

Condolence from Kim Winslow on January 15th, 2015 11:45 am

Oh my gosh! We love Squeaky! What a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Condolence from Terry and Mike Rogers on January 15th, 2015 11:55 am

Jill and Josh,
We were so sorry and sad when we heard he was gone. Squeak was a long time friend – since the 70’s when he first came here. He was a fixture and a local treasure. We will miss him. Godspeed Squeak.

Condolence from Budgie & Anna Sadler on January 15th, 2015 1:00 pm

Squeaky will be missed by so many of us. He was our friend and fellow fisherman for a number of years. A true great guy, always with a smile.

Condolence from Jane A. Martins on January 16th, 2015 11:15 am

So sorry for your lost..It is a sad time…never to see his face around and that fabulous stash of his…

Condolence from Andy Johnston on January 16th, 2015 2:25 pm

I’m sure the Outer Banks has lost a great sheriff and a good friend. Grew up w/Squeak in Belhaven from the time we could walk until the very early 70’s.
My family was in Nags Head last year on vacation from Dallas and I met Squeak at “Sam&Omni’s for a cup of joe.Glad we did. My prayers go out to the family. Andy

Condolence from Tommy Peters on January 16th, 2015 8:16 pm

Good memories of a great guy. From Jennette’s Pier early 70s until 2014 at S&Os. It was quite a trip! I am going to miss Squeak!

Condolence from Marsha Norfleet-Hoffner on January 17th, 2015 5:57 pm

Squeak was a classmate and longtime friend of mine.I am so very sorry for your loss.
RIP Squeak…I will never forget you and the good times we all had in school.

Condolence from Ginger Reber on January 18th, 2015 9:02 am

Jill and family, so sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Sharon Lupton Jones on January 18th, 2015 12:31 pm

I grew up across the street from John Marshall, & he was a true friend who visited my Dad until 2005 when he passed away. He was so popular & could find the ‘silver lining in everything.’ I last saw him at our reunion on 4th of July several years ago. He’ll be missed by all who were luckly enough to call him friend. RIP. Love, Sharon Lupton Jones

Condolence from Mahlon “Buddy” Moore on January 18th, 2015 8:05 pm

God Bless you my old friend!

Condolence from Brenda Cartwright on January 19th, 2015 8:09 am

Jill and family,so sorry for your loss know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Phebe Cooper on January 19th, 2015 9:17 am

Squeaky’s handlebar mustache and warm smile were a welcome joy to many. We’ll miss him dearly. Love, Phebe, Peyton and Flynn

Condolence from Rebecca and Dave Masters on January 19th, 2015 8:10 pm

Dave and I will truly miss Squeaky,his smile and how he greeted Dave with a warm handshake and me with a sweet hug. His service today was truly a celebration of his life and I believe he would have been proud.
It was a special pleasure to have known Squeaky and we will miss seeing him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Condolence from Jerry Kennett on January 19th, 2015 9:32 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss. Squeaky was a great guy from my past at Jennettes Pier and the Boat Shop. I know he will be missed.

Condolence from Mitchell Bateman on January 20th, 2015 6:02 am

Jill, Josh and Family, The gathering of people at the service yesterday to honor Squeaky should tell you how much people loved him. What a crowd of folks from all walks of life! The service was exactly what he would have wanted. I’m sure that all of us who knew Squeaky are better people for the experience, What a guy! May God bless you and comfort you all as you deal with this loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers….

Condolence from Bea Lupton Dillon on January 20th, 2015 9:50 am

You lived more in your 63 years then most people do in 90. RIP my dear friend. Life is never quite long enough.

Condolence from Steve carawan on January 20th, 2015 9:58 pm

My dear friend, classmate and high school team mate. Time is taking a toll on our ranks. RIP Squeak. We did share a lot of great times. Over too soon buddy!

Condolence from Belinda Hopkins Garner on January 20th, 2015 10:28 pm

I grew up down the street from John Marshall and went to school with him. So sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Gilford Douglas on January 22nd, 2015 9:49 am

Squeak and I grew up together and were close friends and team mates always enjoyed talking on the phone with him.
A great all-round person. I will miss you Squeak.

Condolence from Thomas Peele on March 28th, 2015 4:01 pm

I can’t believe you’re gone, but I know we’ll meet up again and start the band up again. I’ve lost my oldest and dearest friend from this earth. In the words of the Byrds…you finally did “catch and ride that Chestnut Mare. I miss you brother !!!!

Condolence from Rob Colwell on May 12th, 2015 9:09 am

My brothers introduced me to this one of a kind character in the early 70’s @ Jennette’s. He was probably one of the finest surf fishermen in the area. I can vividly remember his old rusty Jeep crawling down the beach decorated inside with OBX surf fishing championship buttons on the roof liner. A man who always came with a good story, beer in his hand and a true love of others in his heart. He opened up his little home in Wanchese to us anytime, (literally), that we wanted to crash there on a fishing trip. We could come in in the middle of the night with an unlocked door, find a place to snooze and he would welcome you the next morning with the fishing report and a smile. I know for certain that I have never encountered a more hospitable, generous man ever. I will never forget being a 9 year old and walking up to the counter @ Jennette’s and talking with him. He was so full of life and so in love with the ocean and the life of an islander. Cheers from your friend in South Carolina, Squeak. I will miss you.

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