Smith, Cora “Geneva”

Cora Geneva Smith, undated.

Cora Geneva Smith Brantley with son Paul A. Brantley, c. 1932-1933. Courtesy of Lisa Brantley Kobrin.














Class of 1915
Classical Course

Birth: 2 Aug 1894, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 10 Aug 1980, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Watson Fielding Smith (1862-1935)
Mary Lula Patterson Smith (1861-1939)

Amanda Adams Smith Craven (1890-1965)
Margaret Smith Burn (1891-1963)
Mary Euphemia Smith Clark (1893-1958)
Julia Elizabeth Smith Mabry (1896-1985)
Anne Louise Smith (1898-1978)
Thomas Julian Smith (1900-1981)
Joseph Newton Smith (1904-1964)

Monroe Patterson Bell (1883-1955)

Spouse: John Lowe Brantley (1891-1984)
Married: 6 Nov 1917, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

James Murray Brantley (1919-1993)
Harold Lowe Brantley (1921-2018)
Paul A. Brantley (c.1931-)


1 Sep 2020, From granddaughter, Lisa Brantley Kobrin: “Some of her older sisters went to Linwood College and I know they taught a few years before marrying.  I do know that her father Watson F Smith was a school board member in Cabarrus County for about 15 yrs (circa 1901-1915).

My grandmother always went by the name Geneva rather than her first name Cora and she married about 1917 to John “Lowe” Brantley and is buried in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, NC.  She was born August 2, 1894 and died August 10, 1980
She had 3 sons–the oldest two were in World War II and my father, the youngest, was in the Army stateside during the Korean Conflict.”
The Concord Times (Concord, NC), 31 Jul 1913, 5.
Miss Geneva Smith was taken to Dr. Long’s Sanitarium in Statesville last week, and on Thursday was operated on for appendicitis. At last report she was getting on nicely.
The Concord Daily Tribune (Concord, NC), 7 Nov 1917, 2
Marriage licenses have been issued to…Mr. J. L. Brantley of Mooresville, and Miss Geneva Smith, of Cabarrus County.
The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 11 Aug 1980, 6A
Mrs. Geneva Smith Brantley, age 86, of 2017 East 8th Street, died Sunday, August 10, 1980 at the Hawthorne Nursing Center. Mrs. Brantley was born in Coddle Creek, Township, Cabarrus County, August 2, 1894 daughter of the late Watson Fielding Smith and Lula Patterson Smith. She was educated in Cabarrus County and Lynwood College, Crowders Mountain, NC. She graduated from Mont Amenia [sic] Seminary in 1915. She was a charter member of the 10th Avenue Presbyterian Church, now 3rd Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC. Funeral service, 10 AM, Tuesday, August 12, 1980 at the Harry and Bryant Chapel in the Oaks with her minister, the Rev. Fred McAlister of the 3rd Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be in Sharon Memorial Park. Mrs. Brantley is survived by her husband, John Lowe Brantley; three sons, James Murray Brantley of Montgomery, ALA, Harold L. Brantley and Paul A. Brantley, both of Charlotte; one brother, Dr. Thomas Julian Smith of Shreveport, LA; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Smith Mabry of Norwood, NC; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the Harry and Bryant Chapel in the Oaks between the hours of 7-8:30 PM, Monday.