Sue Woods Smith

BORN: February 22, 1931
DIED: November 21, 2017
LOCATION: Durham, North Carolina

Sue Woods Smith

Sue Woods Smith passed away peacefully at home in Durham, North Carolina on November 21, 2017.   She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Joe E. Smith.

She was born the daughter of Samuel Clyde Woods and Susie Huddleston Woods in Beckley and spent the majority of her life in the mountain state before moving to North Carolina to be closer to family.

Sue’s career as an educator focused on adult and vocational education, helping individuals acquire the skills they needed to improve their lives. She earned an undergraduate degree and Master’s +45 from Marshall University.  Sue served as the founder of the Training Place at the Charleston Town Center. Under her leadership, the program received the United States Secretary of Education Award for Outstanding Program and the Outstanding West Virginia Vocational Program Award.  She retired from the Kanawha County School System in 2001 after serving more than thirty years in positions that also included Garnet Career Center, Benjamin Franklin Career Center and Herbert Hoover High School.

Sue was always searching for ways to improve her own skills and those of others she mentored.  She chartered the Town Center Toastmasters International Club to teach communication and leadership skills and also served in several officer positions.  She was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a Past President of Kanawha County Business Education Association and a member of Charleston Town Center Lions Club.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Smith Cochran and husband Steve, of Winter Park, Florida; Patricia Smith of Morrisville, North Carolina; granddaughter, Gabriela Cochran; many friends, nieces and nephews and her beloved canine companion, Jewel.

The family will receive visitors at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church one hour prior to the 2pm memorial service on Friday, February 16, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church 900 Washington St E Charleston, WV 25301 or to a charity of your choice.

Memories may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.  The family is being assisted with funeral arrangements by Snodgrass Funeral Home.

2 replies
  1. Dorothy Clark says:

    I am remembering her with much respect. I had the honor of getting to know her when she was my chaperone to California from Garnet Career Center. I placed for competition and this was my first flight. While there, Sue wanted to visit Ronald Reagan’s library in Yorba Linda. She rented a car and we went. I think she was very touched, to be able to be there. She said she worked for his campaign. I was touched also and enjoyed it thoroughly. She also took us to the Pacific Ocean and we walked over to Disneyland and road the tram over the whole park. We went on a bus tour and walked down the streets of Rodeo Drive. For me a country girl from West Virginia, I was glad I got to share it with your dear Mother, Grandmother.
    You must be very proud of all her accomplishments.
    I know I am very proud to have known her for such a brief, but memorable time. I love the picture, that is how I remember her. I have a picture of her sitting on a bench with Charlie Chaplin on Hollywood Boulevard.

  2. Kanawha Co. Retired School Employees says:

    The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

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Memorial Service

  • Friday, February 16
    2:00 PM
  • St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
  • 900 Washington St E
    Charleston, WV 25301
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