Steven J. “Smiley” Harrah

Steven J. “Smiley” Harrah, 40, of Cool Ridge, entered his eternal rest on Monday, April 5th, 2010, as a result of injuries sustained in an explosion at Performance Coal’s Upper Big Branch mine.
Born February 27th, 1970, to the late Gilbert O. (Jim) and Francis Irene Fox Harrah, Steve was a devoted husband to Tammy, father to Zach, and employee and friend to his mining family who knew him affectionately as “Head.”
In the 40 short years that Steve graced us with his presence, he truly touched the lives and hearts of all those fortunate even to have known him. Steve enjoyed hunting though he was never concerned with killing anything. Steve enjoyed fishing though he was never concerned with catching anything. Steve enjoyed playing poker though he was never concerned with winning anything. He simply wanted to be with his friends and family, and they in return cherished every moment spent with him.
But of all the joys and interests in Steve’s life, nothing compared to the unending love and adoration he had for his six-year-old best friend, Zach. Steve’s world revolved around his son and Steve’s spirit and legacy are sure to carry on in the more than capable heart and soul of his little man.
A 1988 graduate of Shady Spring High School, Steve proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for six years having held duty stations at Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Stewart, Ga., and throughout Germany. Steve had been employed for Massey Energy for the past ten years.
Preceded in death by his parents, Steve is survived by his wife of 10 years, Tammy Bowden Harrah, and six-year-old son Zachary Cole of Cool Ridge.
Other survivors include two brothers, Larry Harrah and companion Mark Garretson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Gilbert Harrah and wife Vickie of Flat Top; four sisters, Linda Mills and husband Mason of Ghent, Brenda Peterson and husband Mike of Brunswick, Ga., Terry Harrah and companion Curtis Todd of Grandview, and Betty Harrah and companion Orvill Thomas of Beckley; nephews, Rob Mills of Sophia, J.R. Harrah of Mooresville, N.C., Garrett Jones of Shady Spring, and Chase Mills of Sophia; nieces, Ashleigh Mills of Sophia, Emily Jones of Shady Spring, and Leslie Collins of Orlando, Fla.; father-in-law Jack D. Bowden Jr. and wife Becky of Daniels, and sister-in-law Christy Bowden Jones and husband Matt of Shady Spring.
Steve is also survived by his best friend Matt Meadows and wife Becky of Cool Ridge, and a special hunting and card partner, Larry Holley and wife Shasta of Beckley.
Steve is survived by a multitude of family and friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. today, Friday, April 9th, 2010, at Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home in Shady Spring followed by burial at Harrah Cemetery located on Backus Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Matt Jones, Larry Holley, Rob Mills, J.R. Harrah, Matt Meadows, Frankie Mills, Jeff Walker, and Roger Toney.
Friends called 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 8th, 2010, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made In The Memory of Steven (Smiley) Harrah to benefit Zach Harrah at any City National Bank location.
Online condolences may be sent to our guestbook at
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring.
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