Janice Smith Cooke

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Janice Smith CookeOn Nov. 18, Janice Smith Cooke was called home to be with the Lord. She was born Aug. 21, 1941, to the late Maxine Admire and Cornelius “Neal” Smith of Cumberland. 

Janice was a graduate of Cumberland High School and attended Johnston-Willis Nursing School, finishing her degree at the top of her class at Hermitage High School. 

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 62 years, James Edward Cooke; siblings: Arthur Neal Smith (Karen), Danny Smith (Cindy) and Judy Smith; sons: James “Jimmy” Edward Cooke Jr. (Karen), Jeffrey Neal Cooke (Kelly) and Jay Frederick Cooke (Sandy); grandchildren: Jeb Cooke (Jessie), Grayson Cooke (Blair), Marshall Cooke, Colby Cooke, Marley Cooke, Jordan Cooke and Jason Cooke; great-grandchildren: Frances “Franny”, Charlotte “Charlie” and Rowan; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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The family will celebrate her life at the Antioch Methodist Church in Cumberland on Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Antioch United Methodist Church, Farmville, or Oakwood United Methodist Church, Columbia.