March 26, 1920 ~ March 15, 2005
Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC
RHOBENA I. SMATHERS Rhobena Israel Smathers, 84, of 3 West Oakview Road, Asheville, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Mission Hospitals after a period of declining health. Mrs. Smathers was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Otto L. and Lizzie Osborne Israel. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Smathers, two brothers, Osborne Israel and Tom Israel and three sisters Carrie Breeland, Mabel Peebles and Myra Allen. Mrs. Smathers was a former secretary at American Enka and was a member of the Sand Hill Good Neighbors Club. She was a member of Enka Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and was active in the WMU. She is survived by her husband Kettron C. Smathers; one daughter, Rachel Smith and her husband Truett of Fletcher; one son, David Smathers and his wife Shirley of Asheville; four grandchildren, Steven Smith and his wife Laurie of Charlottesville, VA, David Smith and his wife Elizabeth of Newark, DE, and Laura Lawrence and her husband Jody of Candler and Carla Brank of Candler; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Enka Baptist Church with the Revs. Ron Brown and G. Scott Lynch officiating. Burial will be at Piney Mountain United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Smith, David Smith, Ray Brotherton, Jon Buckner, Jim Sharp and Jody Lawrence. Her family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Enka Baptist Church, PO Box 219, Enka, NC 28728. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.
To Kettron and the Smathers family,
We remember so fondly the many ways Kettron and Rhobena showed love and support to us when we were at Enka Baptist as pastor. We are sorry to hear of Rhobena’s death and Kettron’s struggles. Our prayers are with you all. May God surround you with His Spirit and fill you with the peace that passes all understanding.
Bill and Leigh Bigger
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. From the employees at Mike’s Heating & Cooling.
Rachel, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless as you celebrate all the wonderful gifts given through your mother.
Dear Mr. Smathers and Family:
You may not know me or remember me, but I am a member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church and my Sister, Mary Ann Crook, is Custodian there.
I wanted to send a note of sympathy to let you know that…
SOMEWHERE UP IN HEAVEN
A SYMPHONY IS PLAYING,
SONGS OF SWEET REMEMBRANCE
AND ANGELS GENTLY PRAYING….
IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL THERE,
A MELODY OF GRACE,
YOUR LOVED ONE’S HOME WITH JESUS,
SAFE IN HIS EMBRACE.
May God fill your days with His Love, Grace, Mercy, and Peace.
Jimmie Dean Eplee/Parris
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kettron and family. Rhobena loved the Lord and showed it in her life. She will surely be missed by all, but we are comforted to know she is looking into the face of her Lord and Saviour.
May God bless you.
Don and Martha and Beulah Suddreth
Lion David & Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Lion Jim & Maureen
Deepest sympathy to the family of Rhobena Smathers, especially to the Rachel Smith Family as I understand what it is to lose a precious mother and grandmother! May God comfort you at this time of grief!
Dear Kettron and Family, we will miss the presence of you and Rhobena at Church. You have been such a great Christian witness in our Church family for so many years.We will continue to pray for you and your family.
Rachel, Mr. Smathers and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ve been there, last March in fact, so I know what you are going through. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this time. I am in Florida right now, so will be unable to be with you, but I know the Lord is with you. God Bless you all. Joyce
Having lost my parents, I share your loss and know it is profound, so are the good memories that last a life time, and sustain and comfort us through difficult times.