Howard "Brother" Smathers

Monday, June 28, 1943 - Saturday, September 1, 2018

Loved His Family

Photo of Howard "Brother" Smathers  - 1943-2018

Canton – Howard “Brother” Leroy Smathers, age 75, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2018 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, Mr. Smathers was born June 28, 1943 to the late Turner Smathers and the late Rhoda Inez Clontz Smathers.

 He was employed with Champion International and retired after 35 years of dedicated service and was also a Champion Oldtimer. His true passion was spending time outdoors, and his other joys of riding his motorcycle, hunting among the mountains that he loved, fishing in his favorite mountain streams, and also spending special time camping at Mt. Pisgah with his family were all treasured memories.  His greatest love was his family and he held great pride and joy for each one of them. Brother was  indeed a “Special Papaw “ and all of his grandchildren will forever cherish the wonderful memories that they have shared with him all throughout their lives. Brother will be remembered as a true and straight spoken person and someone with a caring and genuine heart. “A man who would always help or do anything for anyone who might need a helping hand” was a true description of Brother.  He was of the Baptist faith. Brother has touched the lives of many and he will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, George Ann Brown Smathers;  his children, Shawn Smathers and his wife, Daiquiri, of Canton, Leigh-Anna Patterson and her husband, Earnest, of Canton, and Michelle Noland and her fiancé, Derek Willis, of Waynesville; his grandchildren, Spencer Noland and Dana, Josh Noland and Baley, Cadden Smathers, Celina Whitener, and Skylar Ann Smathers; a great-grandson, Clayton Noland; his sisters, Artie Ruth Smathers and her husband, “Plucky,” of Canton, and Lynn Shelton and her husband, Tony, of Waynesville; special nieces, Anna Carol Smathers, Jeorgeann Clontz, and Chesnie Long; as well as many dear friends.

In honoring of Brother’s wishes, there will be no funeral services held.

Memorials may be made in Brother’s memory to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Homes of Clyde, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Smathers family.

Condolences from family and friends


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So sad to hear about Brother passing, he was a one of a kind for sure. Georganne I’m sorry for your loss and know i love you and your family deeply
Lynette Browning
My sympathy to the family and friends! A great class- mate!! I have been in contact with Brother through facebook! I am sure he will be missed!
Norma Jean Henson
George Ann, I was deeply saddened to learn the passing of Brother. When I worked at the mill, I would occasionally see him and asked how you were doing, he would always smile and say to me, "My little moose is doing just fine." Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers now and in the difficult days ahead.
Debbie J. Lewis
I am sorry for the loss of such a special man. I’ve known him and been around him since I was little kid. He was always kind to me and treated me like one his own grand kids. He will be truly missed. Sending my love and thoughts to the Smathers Family, and to my nephew Josh, Baley, and the cutest fella around, Clayton. - Jessica
Jessica Yarski
George Ann, I am Cindy Freuler Nicholson's father. Eudene and I am very sorry to hear about Brother's passing away. I had the pleasure of working with Brother for many years before I retired. He was a hard working and a very dedicated worker.No matter what the job was, I could always depend on Brother to get the job done. Like most co-workers, we had many discussions about many subjects, especially our families. I can recall discussing an eye problem involving his daughter. Both of us lost sight in our eye about the same time. He was always looking for the opportunity to pull some sort of prank on a fellow employee. I know that he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your entire family. Bill and Eudene Freuler
Bill Freuler
My thoughts and prayers are with Artie Ruth and all the family in the loss of Mr. Smathers.
Pam Ledford
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
R.L. and Jane Shipman
George Ann, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing that Brother was loved by many. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.My Deepest Sympathies to you and your family.
Cindy Freuler Nicholson
Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. To you and the family. God didn't mean for anyone to die he gave a chance to live forever and God didn't give up on us and will bring the dead be brought back to life and many blessings to mankind by means of the Kingdom in the Lord's Prayer. Genesis 3:3; Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:11,29; Revelation 21:3-5; Matthew 6:9,10. Here's some of the blessings like the wicked ones and wars will be gone, no one will be sick, plenty of food for All, no more pain, sorrow and death. Isaiah 11:4; Psalms 37:10; Proverbs 2:21,22; Psalms 46:9; Isaiah 33:24; Psalms 72:16; Revelation 21:3-5. I love to bring comfort here's my email for more comfort for you and the family
Ardie Ruth and family --Thoughts and Prayers to each of you during your time of grief. Ruby S. Crumpler
Ruby S. Crumpler
Ardie Ruth and family --Thoughts and Prayers to each of you during your time of grief. Ruby S. Crumpler
Ruby S. Crumpler