The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 18, 2012

Obituaries — Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012


Jeffrey Alan Smith

ROANOKE, Va. — Jeffrey Alan Smith, 48, of Roanoke, was called to Heaven to ride a Suzuki on the streets of gold on Monday, October 15, 2012. He fought hard for five months after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was born in Cook County, Ill., a son of Steve W. Smith and Freda Bolen Smith and had also resided in Shady Spring, W.Va., prior to locating to the Roanoke area over three years ago. He was employed for 25 years at Beckley Auto Mall and most recently was employed at Corning, Inc.

Jeff enjoyed riding motorcycles and the beach. But above all, he loved his wife, she was his soulmate. He was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Hatfield.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Becky Ashworth Smith; three brothers, Jason and David Smith, and Rick Hatfield; a sister, Kissy Smith; step-daughter, Heather Hardy, her husband Chris and their son, Noah; nieces and nephews, Kylie, Courtney Kindal and Katie Smith, and Keith, Corey and Hayley Hatfield, as well as a host of friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem, Va. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jeff’s honor to the Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1340 Baldwin Ave, NE Roanoke, VA 24012.

An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting

Ruth Woods Cooke Thorne

Ruth Woods Cooke Thorne of Beckley, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012.

Born in Beckley on October 23, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Ralph E. and Myrtle McManamay Woods of Beckley.

She was a lifelong resident of Beckley and the last of her immediate family.

Ruth was a member of the First Christian Church, member and past president of the Friendship Class, charter member of the Shepherd Center in Beckley, member of Senior Friends and the “Well I’ll Bee” organization of Beckley. She worked for J.C. Penney in Beckley for over 24 years retiring as the head of the Ladies Ready to wear department.

Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Kyle K. Cooke and second husband, Lamaral W. Thorne; three brothers, Fred B. Woods, Ralph J. Woods and Robert J. Woods,  all of Beckley; one sister, Virginia Chambers of Glen Daniel, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred (Alma) Woods of Beckley.

Survivors include her daughter, Keith Cooke Rutherford and husband Jim of Greenville, S.C.; grandson, Tim Rutherford and wife Sharon of Taylors, S.C.; great grandchildren, Bailey and Connor Rutherford of Taylors, S.C.; six nieces, Mrs. Edward (Shirley) Obugene, Mrs. Jerry (Sheila) Cook, Mrs. Floyd (Carol) Wagner all of Ohio, Mrs. Doug (Eva) O’Neal of Glen Daniel, Mrs. Karen Woods Collins of Florida, Mrs. Lowell (Lois) Davis of Columbus, Ohio; one nephew, Fred B. Woods of Beckley, several great nieces and nephews as well as many wonderful friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2012 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Snyder officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum A, Beckley.

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to service on Friday.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

On line condolences may be left at

Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

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