SMOOT, Cory "Smooty," born on August 25, 1977, suddenly left this life on November 3, 2011. Cory, age 34, was born in San Jose, California, and a short time thereafter moved to Toledo, Ohio, to be raised by his parents amongst 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 longtime soulmate and lovely wife, Jaime Collings Smoot, whereas she was affectionately named "Buster" by Cory. Cory is survived by his loving parents, Kenneth Smoot and Katina Lombardo; sisters, Molli Silliman, Gina Smoot, Rachel Ferguson; and brother, Matthew Ferguson. Cory is also survived by his grandparents, Charles and Ruby Smoot, and Wanda Lombardo. Other family to Cory included Jaime's parents, Paul and LuAnne Collings, of Bowling Green, Ohio, and their daughters, Jennifer and Jessica.
Although we are all unique, Cory was unique apart from the traditional standard translation of "unique." For those who personally knew Cory, or any other life he touched, knew that Cory 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 songwriter and musician. At the age of only 14, Cory formed his first label band and recorded his first CD, simply titled "Misguided." Cory would later go on to produce other albums and form his own music studio, Karma Productions, and his band, Mensrea. Several years ago, Cory joined Richmond-based band, Gwar, as lead guitarist and songwriter and music producer. He instinctively knew music and it was obvious to anybody that was fortunate to witness him play that only his soul could produce the music that his body delivered. Cory touched lives and inspired many throughout this world, both personally and professionally. Cory's identity was not that of "Flattus Maximus," a man-made creature created by Gwar. Cory is a real legend that was taken too soon in life and away 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 genuinely was. He will never be forgotten! Cory's legacy will continue through his only child who will arrive to meet family sometime in June 2012. Family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers or gifts, that any donations be made to the Cory Smoot Family Fund to benefit Jaime and Cory's unborn child, "Lil Smooty," email@example.com. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, November 11, at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Parkway, Chesterfield, Va. 23832.