Having grown up during the Depression and knowing hard times, Louise used education and her natural curiosity to discover a life other than that offered by her immediate environment. We thank God for the gift of her and her legacy. Her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, her selflessness, her love, and the fight in her will truly be missed. Smith, a native of Barnesville, Ga. When she moved to Mobile in 1962, she taught English at Murphy High School. In 1999, she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega,.
In 1947, she went to watch the beach races at Daytona in her husband's new Ford coupe, but when she arrived, she had to race. Once her car went airborne off the track at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N. It was the early 1940s. Louise's professional life began as a teacher at Cove Elementary School in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached on the Web at:.
Smith died in April 2006, at the age of 89. Her father and brothers were mechanics. There are pioneers who break new ground, and then there's Louise Smith, a woman who took dynamite to conventional thinking. She married William Hobson Smith prior to his deployment to the South Pacific Theater with the U. In 1999, she became the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega, Ala.
She got along with everybody, and I never heard her say anything detrimental to anybody. After retiring in 1956, she remained active with the racing community, helping at tracks and sponsoring cars. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Addie Moore; siblings, Howard Moore, Lorraine Pope, and Marjorie Moore; her soulmate, George Smith, Jr. Andrew Barker and Melissa Renee LeMaitre. Kristin Nicole LeMaitre and her husband Dr.
She was a classy and elegant woman. Even though she had never seen a race - much less driven in one - Smith finished third in a modified 1939 Ford. The wrecked car was on the front page. She mixed with Curtis Turner, Ralph Earnhardt, Bill Snowden, Buddy Shuman and Buck Baker. Louise took pride in her home, her family and in her appearance.
The death of her father required that they return to Alabama where she entered the University of Alabama and received her master's degree in English Literature. She never had children of her own, however she had several nieces, grandnieces and grand nephewsclose to her. Even when her health began to decline, Louise continued to serve alongside her husband with a sweet smile and a heart of gold. She got her start in racing when young promoter Bill France was looking for a way to get people to the track. Unaware that a checkered flag meant the finish line, she kept going beyond the end of the race until someone threw out a red flag. She won 38 races and had some spectacular crashes, including one in which her car overturned, earning her 48 stitches and four pins in her left knee. She served faithfully until she could not any longer.
All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. A graveside service will be held at South Cemetery in Blountsville, Alabama on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Noon. Smith was remembered for some spectacular crashes, too. Noah then showed her the front of the Greenville, S. She never stopped seeking to improve herself and the world and, in the 1970s, she sought and was awarded one of only 100 grants offered nationwide to build one of two solar houses in Alabama which still stands today. They married on January 18, 1962 and to this union two children, Ramona and Anthony, were born.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, William Hobson Smith, her infant daughter, Selma Louise Dingler Smith, and two sisters Jessie Dingler Boggs Mrs. Italics — Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. Perhaps Parsons said it best. Known for her fearless style, she won 38 modified events. Louise was a longtime member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church.