The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 8, 2012

Obituaries — Monday, Oct. 8, 2012


Floretta Smith

Floretta Souder Smith, 95, passed away at Bowers Hospice House on Saturday, October 6, 2012. She was born at Long Branch, Fayette County, West Virginia, on September 15, 1917. Mrs. Smith was one of thirteen children born to the late Rev. James I. Souder and Lula Hendrickson Souder.

Mrs. Smith graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1936. She attended Beckley College and worked in the office of Prosecuting Attorney Warren Thornhill. A resident of Beckley since the age of 8, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beckley and the Joyful Life Baptist Church.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Howard Smith, owner of Beckley Cabinet Company, and her wonderful daughter-in-law Nancy Moore Smith. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by brothers Kelly, Fred, Hallie, Jack, Clyde and Eugene Souder and sisters Lena Humphrey, Ollie Richmond, Mabel Slemp, Daisy Hewlett, Eloise Meadows, and Maxine Whitlow.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son William K. Smith and companion Tennis Parrish of Beaver, and daughter Cathy Taylor and companion Bob Matson of Smyrna, Ga. Also two grandchildren: David Smith (Traci) and Kelly Bragg (Reuben) and four great-grandchildren: Patrick and Victoria Smith and R.J. and Colby Bragg. She also leaves behind sister-in-law Anna Marie Smith who provided comfort and care in her final days and many special nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation for care given by the staffs at Bowers Hospice House, Raleigh General Hospital, and Heartland. A special thank you to caretaker Edie Miller.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, at Melton Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Phil Smith officiating. Visitation will take place 2 hours before the funeral. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Bowers Hospice House, the First Baptist Church of Beckley, Joyful Life Baptist Church, or the Raleigh County Public Library.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Inc., Beckley, WV.

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