Shelby Jean Hodge Smith
1938 - 2021
BORN
1938
DIED
2021
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305 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA
Shelby Jean Hodge Smith

May 4, 1938 - September 21, 2021

Shelby Hodge Smith, 83, of Salem Virginia died Tuesday, September 21, 2021, after a long illness. Family will receive friends at John M. Oakey and Son in Salem on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 6 until 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Salem, Virginia, followed by interment at Sherwood Memorial Park.

Shelby was born on May 4, 1938, in Hinton, West Virginia, the daughter of Ernest W. Hodge, and Wanda Hartwell Hodge. She attended and was a cheerleader at Talcott High School in Talcott, West Virginia. Shelby soon moved to Salem and worked for several local businesses including Newberry's, ITT, Poly Scientific, Powell Pharmacy and General Electric before joining her husband at their family business Smith and Company Accounting. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salem where she volunteered regularly and served on the Board of Trustees.

Raised in West Virginia, Shelby grew up without indoor plumbing or electricity. She earned a GED after getting married before she completed high school. These early struggles made her extremely proud of her later successes in life, including the accounting business she built with her husband and sending all of her children to college and on to successful careers of their own. She was most proud of the family she built and doted on her grandchildren who were her greatest joy.

In addition to her parents, Shelby was predeceased by husbands, Robert "Bob" F. Smith and Steve Galanes; sisters, Janie Jeffries of Salem, JoAnne Hopkins of Clifton Forge, Jackie Dooley of Roanoke; and her brother, Robert Hodge of Ironto, Virginia.

Shelby is survived by her devoted children, daughter, Kay Mook and soninlaw, Rex Mook of Salem, son, Richard Smith and friend, Danielle Whitmire of Salem, daughter, Jennifer Shail and soninlaw, Todd Shail of Dalton, Georgia, and daughter, Robyn Ellis and soninlaw, David Ellis of Salem. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Alisa Burns and her husband, Chris Burns, Emily Mook, Madison Smith and his wife, Casey Smith, Devon Smith and his wife, Sierra Smith, Audrey Lewis, Rose Ellis, Charlie Lewis, Henry Ellis, and Jack Ellis, and greatgrandchildren, Camden Burns, Violet Burns, and Emmaline Smith. She is survived by her brother, Jerry Hodge and sisterinlaw, Sandra Hodge of Forest, and brotherinlaw, Ronnie Dooley, of Roanoke. Shelby also had many special nieces and nephews and played a significant role in bringing joy to their lives.

Shelby's family is grateful for the care and attention of the staff at Hermitage Roanoke, and several caregivers who tended her in the last year of her life, including Lisa Conner, Karen Dowell, Melissa Hatcher, and Kim Shears.

Published by Roanoke Times on Sep. 24, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
23
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home & Crematory
305 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA
Sep
23
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
305 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA
Sep
24
Service
2:00p.m.
First United Methodist Church
125 West Main Street, Salem, VA
Sep
24
Memorial service
2:00p.m.
First United Methodist Church
Salem, VA
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Robin and Jennifer. May God bless you and your family in this time of
Jody Morgan Randolph
September 27, 2021
Jim and Kathy Villani
September 26, 2021
Jennifer and Robin Sending my deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I know how very much she meant to you and how much you loved her. I hope all those wonderful memories will hold you in the days ahead. With love, Bonnie Boyd
Bonnie Boyd
September 25, 2021
So sorry to hear about Shelby's passing. She was a job to be around and added greatly to the Sunday School class. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Hartley Gaston
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September 24, 2021
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