March 1, 1935 ~ January 28, 2007

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Clara Cole Smathers, 71, of 6 Harvard Place, Asheville, died Sunday, January 28, 2007, at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospitals. Mrs. Smathers was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Chaester A. and Jimmie Hall Cole. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and was employed as a representative for Laboratory Corporation of America. Surviving her a one daughter, Marcia W. Little and her husband, Daniel, of Charlotte; two sons, Steve McElreath and his wife, Dawn, of Asheville and Mike Waddell and his wife, Kathie, of Asheville; one sister, Joyce Melton of Nashville, TN; two brothers, James "Crom" Cole and his wife Nancy, of Leicester and Jerry Cole and his wife, JoAnn, of Asheville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Brad Parker and Todd Cole officiating. Her family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, PO Box 2702, Asheville, NC 28802.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this very hard time in your lives. Clara was loved and will be missed by a lot of people.

  2. dear jerry and all family members sorry to hear about the loss of clara i know she will be missed by all. our prays and thought are with all the family members.

  3. You have our Deepest Sympathy during this difficult time.
    May your memories give you strength and may you feel the warmth of God’s love during you time of loss. Jean & Bill

  4. Dear Steve & Family,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of seperation. God’s care and compassion are what we truly can lean upon at times like these.
    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family.

    Dennis McMahan

  5. Steve,
    Just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about your mother. If there’s anything I can do ~ let me know. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Dear Steve and Family,

    I just wanted to say I am sorry to hear about your mom passing and to pay my repsects to you and your family for the loss.

  7. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    I loved talking with Clara when she would call for Steve at Rental Uniform. Think on the good memeries!

  8. Please accept my condolences for the loss of Clara Dean. She spent many ballgame afternoons along with Unav and Rhonda with me waiting for Carthy’s bus to take us to away basketball games. We had so many good times playing and winning in 1951. Leicester was a close community and loved its basketball I have been away since 1979 and have not known much about my old friends but do cherish those times and memories. She was fun and much liked. I know the depth of grief in losing a parent and wish you all the healing support of family and friends.

    Jeanne Sluder Mulvaney

  9. Marcia – I was so sorry to hear that your Mom passed away. Please know that we would have been there if we had known.

    I have so many fond memories of you guys growing up on Sunset Drive.

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do for any of you.



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