Whitten Monelison Chapel

3966 South Amherst Highway, Madison Heights, VA


Alva Smith Cocke

October 5, 1922January 7, 2020

Alva Smith Cocke, 97, of Madison Heights passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at Fairmont Crossing in Amherst. She was the wife of the late M. Eldridge Cocke.

Born in Monroe County, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Ray and Lydia Vass Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Alva Lee Nance Johnson; her sister, Lucille S. Meadows; her brother, Kenneth C. Smith and a great grandson, Thomas Steven Denton.

She retired from General Electric after 22 years of service and was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church in Goode. She loved crafting and especially quilting. She made quilts for many members of her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Wayne E. Cocke and his wife Linda of Madison Heights; four grandchildren, Mandy Cocke, Laurey Denton, Michael Johnson and wife Robin and Barry Johnson and wife Sonja; two great grandchildren, Sydnie Stinnette and Ashley Goodman; two great-great grandchildren, Aiden and Annalee and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2020 at Longwood Cemetery in Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oakland United Methodist Church, 2465 Goode Station Road, Goode, VA 24556 or to Monroe United Methodist Church, 3311 S Amherst Hwy, Monroe, VA 24574.


  • M. Eldridge Cocke, Husband (deceased)
  • Wayne E. Cocke, Son
  • Linda Cocke, Daughter-in-law
  • Alva Leed Johnson Nance, Daughter (deceased)
  • Kenneth Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Lucille Smith Meadows, Sister (deceased)
  • Mandy Cocke, Granddaughter
  • Laurey Denton, Granddaughter
  • Michael Johnson, Grandson
  • Barry Johnson, Grandson
  • Ashley Goodman, Great Granddaughter
  • Sydnie Stinnett, Great Granddaughter
  • Aiden & Annalee, Great Great Grandchildren

  • Oakland United Methodist Church
  • Monroe United Methodist Church


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 10, 2020


Alva Smith Cocke

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Terry Smith

January 10, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family for your loss. I have known Alva since I was a teenager and to this day I still remember things she told me oh so many years ago. My daughter is very lucky to have had such a loving grandmother. The one thing I can say and everybody can say is that Alva truly loved her family!

Jim Hall

January 10, 2020

So sorry to learn of the passing of Alva Cocke. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne, Linda and family during this difficult time.

Christine Foster

January 9, 2020

Sending my condolence to Wayne and Family.

Your mother was a very special person. We spent many happy times
together. She enjoyed being with the three sisters. Visiting at her
home, going out to eat at Charley's , and taking a road trip to see her former home in Goode. She will always be remembered fondly.

With Loving Memories,
Christine Foster, Barbara Allen and Rebecca Pryor

Alesha Hodge

January 9, 2020

Sending condolences to Wayne and family. Thank you for allowing us to care for your mother at Fairmont. I miss seeing her warm smiling face in the mornings upon arrival to the unit.

Alesha Hodge
Fairmont Crossing