John Eldridge Smith went home to be with the Lord on December 7th, 2022,
at the age of 85 after a dignified battle with cancer.
John was born to Elsie Mae Kerns and Maurice Hanes Smith, Sr. on
November 13th, 1937 in Beckley, West Virginia. He joined the United States Navy
as a young man and served 6 years aboard the USS Albany. After his service, he
began a career at Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. and was employed there for over 40
years. Two years into his career, he married Judy Kay Eastridge and had two
daughters, Stephanie Diane and Shane Renee, whom he loved dearly.
John had many hobbies that kept him busy. He spent many years of his life
riding his Harley-Davidson across the country with friends, seeing major cities and
landmarks. He also enjoyed classic muscle cars, owning many different ones over
his lifetime. In his retired years, he enjoyed playing golf as often as possible, and
spending time with his daughters and three grandchildren.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Elsie Mae and Maurice Hanes
Smith, Sr., his brother, Maurice Hanes Smith, Jr., his previous wife, Judy Kay
Eastridge-Smith and son-in-law James Christopher Cofer.
He is survived by his daughters, Stephanie Diane Cofer of Winston Salem, NC, and Shane Renee
Phillips, partnered to David Ribbe, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, granddaughters Samantha
Diane Phillips of Denver, CO and Jordan Alexis Ashley of Winston Salem, NC,
grandson Joseph “Logan” Phillips of Charlotte, NC, brothers Bill and Jack and
John’s heavenly transition will leave an emptiness where a dependable father
and grandfather once was. We thank the Lord for the promise of seeing him again
Services will be 12:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2022 in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Doc Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Friends may visit
with the family one hour prior to service.
Arrangements by Calfee Funeral home.