CANTON — Robert Woody Smathers, 84, of the Dutch Cove community, passed away on April 19, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
He was a native and lifelong resident of Haywood County and was the son of the late George Elwood and Treva Mease Smathers. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Setzer Smathers, who died on Dec. 9, 2016.
He was a dedicated member of Dutch Cove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Woody was United States Navy veteran having served during the Korean conflict. For 35 dedicated years, he was employed by Champion International.
Woody is survived by his son, Robert Woody Smathers Jr., of Canton; two grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Smathers; and four great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Javan, Isaiah and Mason.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Canton Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Jason Miller and Roy Houston officiating. Burial will follow at Morning Star Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Morning Star Community Cemetery Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 1746, Canton, NC 28716
For those who desire, an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.