Nina Smyth Coldiron Cockerham of Beattyville, KY, died on November 4, 2019, at Lee County Care and Rehabilitation Center, Beattyville, KY.
Born on June 20, 1928 in Zachariah, KY, Nina was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Minnie Barker Smyth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Cort Cockerham and her grandson, Brandon Coldiron.
Nina was a graduate of Lee County High School and Crump Business School. After graduation, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in Middletown, OH, for several years. She then traveled throughout the United States with her Navy-career husband and children for many years before returning to Lee County in 1964. She was elected Lee County Circuit Clerk in 1975 and served in that position for nearly 20 years. In 1980 she received special acknowledgement and dedicated work as a Special Circuit Clerk to Breathitt County while she simultaneously served as Circuit Clerk of Lee County.
Nina was an active member of McGuire Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she served as elder. She was a founding member of Lee County Historical Museum and served on its board for many years. She also served on the Lee County War Memorial Committee and was a member and former officer of the Elisha Witt chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2018, Nina won 1st place in the painting division of Signature Healthcare’s Hall of Fame. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, Nina enjoyed painting, sewing, country dancing, genealogy, playing cards, Yahtzee, and gardening.
Survivors include her children; son, Lamont Coldiron and wife Barbara, daughter, Donna Lynn Coldiron Bridwell and husband Alan, son, Bryan Cockerham and wife Brenda, and daughter, Emma Adams and husband Larry; her grandchildren: Jason Coldiron, Dustin Adams (Lori), Marcus Adams (Leslie), Carrie Bridwell Jacobs (Chad), James Cockerham, Cynthia Cockerham Morris (Kevin), and Rebecca Grace (Zac Ebersole); her great grandchildren: Carter, Mason, and Gavin Adams, Annie and Hudson Jacobs, Charles and Madeline Morris, and Peyton Clay and Olivia Grace Ebersole; her sister, Eula Smyth Bowman; her brother, William Smyth; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins and friends.