Smiley Luker


James “Smiley” Luker, 81, of Tuckasegee passed away on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Smiley was born on April 15, 1940 to the late Allen and Lillie Luker in Jackson County.

Smiley enjoyed working with cattle, farming and eating out at the local restaurants. He had a strong faith in God. Smiley loved his family, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandkids. Smiley will be missed by many.

Smiley is survived by his daughter, Dassy Fortner (Allen); sons, Jimmy Luker (Linda), and Mickey Luker (Kirk Wilkerson); grandchildren, Melissa Clayton, Becky Hall, Stephanie King, Miranda Massingale, Gracelyn Luker, Bailey Luker, Chris Wilburn, Megan Hall, Chance Mull, Luke Fortner, Averi Hall, Drew Hall, Meena Jones, Lillie Kate King and Isla Rose King; daughter-in- law, Jennifer Luker; brothers, Wallace Luker, Elmer Luker, Leamon Luker and Thurman Luker. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, Smiley was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at Appalachian Funeral Services. Rev. Jason Bryson and Rev. Jim Ed Powell officiated.

The family received friends from noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed at Shook Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bailey Luker, Chance Mull, Chris Wilburn, Luke Fortner, Trevor Luker, Chad Luker, Dylan Reece and Dawson Reece.

Appalachian Funeral Services served the Luker family.