SMOOT, Cory, known to many as "Smooty," died suddenly on November 3, 2011. He was 34 years old. Cory was born in San Jose, California on August 25, 1977. A short time thereafter he and his parents moved to Toledo, Ohio to be with his extended family. In 1989, Cory's family relocated to Midlothian, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond, where Cory began his music career. Cory was a devoted husband to his long-time soul-mate and lovely wife, Jaime Collings Smoot, whom he affectionately called "Buster," and who survives him. Cory also is survived by his loving parents, Kenneth Smoot and Katina Lombardo; his sisters, Molli Silliman, Gina Smoot and Rachel Ferguson; and his brother, Matthew Ferguson, his grandparents, Charles and Ruby Smoot and Wanda Lombardo; and by Jaime's parents, Paul and LuAnne Collings, of Bowling Green, Ohio; and their daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.
Cory was truly unique. Those who personally knew Cory knew that he was genuine, humble, devoted, generous, tender hearted, loyal, fun spirited, ambitious, intelligent, courteous and polite. Cory's obvious gift in life was his talent to write, play and produce music, as he was a self-taught song-writer and musician. At the age of only 14, Cory formed his first label band and recorded his first CD, simply titled "Misguided". Cory later went on to produce other albums and form his own music studio, Karma Productions, and his own band, Mensrea. Several years ago Cory joined the Richmond-based band Gwar as lead guitarist, song writer and music producer. He instinctively knew music and it was obvious to anybody fortunate to witness him play that only his soul could produce the music that his body delivered. Cory touched lives and inspired many throughout the world, both personally and professionally. Cory's identity was not that of "Flattus Maximus," his character created by Gwar. In fact, Cory was a true legend who was taken too soon from his calling as a son, brother, husband, father and musician. He will always be remembered by those who truly loved him and knew who he really was. He will never be forgotten. Cory's legacy will continue through his only child, who is expected in June 2012. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, that donations be made to the Cory Smoot Family Fund to benefit Jaime and Cory's unborn child, "Lil Smooty." The address is smootfamily fund@gmailcom. Memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Friday, November 11, 2011. at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral 14301 Ashbrook Parkway.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from November 10 to November 11, 2011