Linda Smathers

Friday, January 13, 1950 - Tuesday, January 10, 2023

So Dearly Loved

Photo of Linda Smathers  - 1950-2023

Canton- Our hearts are saddened at the loss of Linda Jean Mason Smathers, who passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Linda was born in the winter season of January 13, 1950 and has left us for her Heavenly home three days before her 73rd birthday. We give thanks for her wonderful life and rejoice that she is in paradise on this day.

She was a native of Haywood County, raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, and had made her home in Canton for the past 45 years. Linda was a lovely lady with a beautiful smile and she was blessed with a big personality that made everyone around her happy. Her great wit and sense of humor was most unique and no one could ever “pull one over” on Linda!  It always seemed as if she knew just the right thing to say in any situation. She was a devoted homemaker, an amazing cook, and also a loyal employee of Denny’s Restaurant for nine years and Red Lobster in Asheville for 17 years. Linda was a faithful member of Canton First United Methodist Church where she was actively involved with the United Methodist Women and deeply loved by everyone at her church.  Linda’s beloved family was the most important thing in her life and the treasured memories of gathering everyone together were times when she was most happy. These will always be cherished memories for all the Smathers clan. In the sweet words of her family, “Linda was a wonderful Wife and Mom and a loving Nana.” What more perfect words could be said- Linda would be pleased.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Mason and Carolyn Bell Mason; and also a sister, Gail Murphy.

Surviving are her loving husband of 41 years, Phil Smathers of Canton; daughter, Jennifer Griffith and Brandon of Canton; son Donnie Smathers and Kendra of Canton; daughter, Stephanie Smathers of Charleston, SC; and son, Kevin Smathers and Jency of Canton; grandchildren, Mason and Paige Griffith, Will and Kole Smathers, Alyssa and Noah Johnson, and Austin and Ava Smathers; a niece, Kim Kappler and Mike of Colorado; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Murphy of Colorado.

 All family and friends are kindly invited to attend the service of remembrance to celebrate and honor the life of Linda which will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Canton First United Methodist Church. Pastor Gordon Pike and Pastor Clay Morgan will be officiating. 

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Smathers' memory to Canton First Methodist Church, 29 Newfound Street, Canton, NC 28716.

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

Condolences from family and friends

Phil and family we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Linda, we pray for strength and comfort during this time.
Ronnie and Brenda pace
Phil and family we are so sorry for your loss. Linda was such a sweet lady. Sending prayers for you and all the family.
Doug and Patricia Robinson
Jennifer and family we are so sorry to of the loss of your precious mom. May God comfort and keep you during this time.
Bruce and Patsy Pace
Phil. my husband Bill appreciated so much your work for the Town of Canton, particularly your assistance in the renovation of our Colonial Theatre gem. He would be so saddened for your family in your loss. My son Gregg and I join in what we know his feelings would be. Condolences to your family. May God comfort you at this difficult time. Bonnie Stamey and Gregg Stamey
Bonnie Stamey
Phil and Family, Very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Andrew & Kathy Kidwell
We are so sorry for your loss, Linda a fun sweet loving lady, many prayers for the family, rip sweet girl
Tina tuten
Sending my prayers and condolences to the Smathers family. Working with Mrs.Linda was a joy, always keep you laughing. Linda Smathers will be truly missed.
Tyrone Boseman
So very sorry to hear about Linda. Great lady and sweet friend. Prayers for Phil and family.
Jim and Pam Smathers
I am praying for you all during this time. Linda always made me smile.
Cleta Fortney
So very sorry for your loss Phil. Prayers for you snd your family .
Cindy carter
Phil and family, My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Linda. She truly was a wonderful person and will be dearly missed.
Cindy Dixon Owen
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Linda was a special lady and will be missed.
Wanda Teague
Phil, me and boys are so sorry for your loss. Your family are in our prayers. Sandra, Mike and Tim
Sandra Sorrells
Phil and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Linda was such a sweet lady and we will all miss her. Praying for all of you.
Vicky Deaver
Phil and family I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of Linda, we will lift you guy's up in prayer for comfort and understanding.
Steven Allen
So very sorry for your family’s loss. I had the pleasure of working with Linda @ Red Lobster. Her laugh was infectious.
Patty Gustafson
So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to each of you. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary Matthews, Shane and Kendra Thompson
So sorry to hear about Linda's passing. She lived a full life and positively touched the lives of many people with whom she came in contact. My condolences to Phil and the family during this difficult time.
Richard Hurley
Our heart goes out to you Phil and to your family in the loss of Linda. She will definitely be missed in the neighborhood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you always!
Sheree Horton and Zach Rathbone
Condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Donna Smathers Beebe
Deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on Linda's passing. She was a sweet lady with a delightful sense of humor and she will be missed. My prayers are with you all.
Susan Clark Smith
Donnie and Kendra sorry for your loss. My love and Prayers to you and all the family.
Ruby Crumpler--(Shipman)
Dear family, we were so saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. Please know so many lives have been touched by Linda and she has such a great name. The Bible tells us a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. She will be missed! Praying that God heals your broken hearts!
Donnie and Kelly Henson
My thoughts and prayers for you, Phil and family at this time. I am truly going to miss her trying to get the best of me! Lisa
Lisa Reeves
Phil, so sorry to hear of Linda,s passing. Prayers for you and your family. Carroll Nelson & Family.
Stephen A. Reid
So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. We are praying for all of you.
Teresa and Jd Medford
Dear Jency, Terry and I are thinking of your family during this hard time and I have you, Kevin and the children in my prayers.
Shelly Clement