Edgar Gene Smoak
Edgar Gene Smoak, 73, of Butner passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at Duke University Hospital.
Edgar was born on October 27, 1946 in Bladen County to the late Edgar Leroy and Mary Lee Pait Smoak. He spent his early childhood in Butner and moved back to the area in 1979. He graduated from East Carolina University and retired from North Carolina National Guard in 1998. Edgar was proudly serving a third term on the Granville County Board of Commissioners and was Vice Chair and former Chairman of South Granville Water and Sewer Authority. He also served on the Granville Health System Board of Trustees. He was a former member of the Granville County Planning Board serving as chairman from 2003 to 2008. Edgar was appointed to the Butner Advisory Council in 2000, and then elected to the Butner Town Council in 2009. Edgar was instrumental in lobbying the North Carolina National Guard to assist in restoring abandoned cemeteries near Butner. He worked diligently to get the state to deed land to the county for a new cemetery known as South Granville Memorial Gardens and spent countless hours helping clear the land. He was one of the original trustees of South Granville Memorial Gardens. Edgar had a passion for collecting and restoring old tractors and farm equipment and was a charter member of the Lord Granville Agricultural Heritage Association.
Edgar is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vickie Long Smoak; one daughter, Maggie Smoak Brummitt (Trent); two grandsons, Carter and Pait Glenn; a sister, Lynda Carver (Ted) of Durham; a brother, Tony Smoak (Pam) of Butner; a sister-in-law, Sharon A. Long of Roxboro; two nephews and four great nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Monday, September 14, 2020 at the Eakes Funeral Home Chapel in Creedmoor from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at South Granville Memorial Gardens at 11:00 AM officiated by Dr. Charlie Bryan. The service will be live streamed and can be accessed by visiting our website. You may access the graveside service by clicking on the following link:
Graveside Service: https://vimeo.com/user111254589/review/458299090/83d91c80f6
Flowers accepted or donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Butner Baptist Men, P.O. Box 44 Butner, NC 27509 or to the Granville County Animal Shelter, 5650 Cornwall Rd. Oxford, NC 27565
Eakes Funeral Home is following social distancing guidelines and asks that everyone entering the building wear a mask.