SMART, Teri Lynn

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Last Name
 
SMART
Given Names
 
Teri Lynn
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
9/11/1964
Age at Death
 
14
Place of Birth
 
California
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
  Nelson Family Tree
Birth Mother
 
Juanell Smart, Kay Nelson aka Enola Marthenya Nelson (grandmother)
Birth Father
 
Alfred Laufton Smart, Sr. (father), James Nelson McElvane (great-uncle)
Siblings
 
Tinetra La Dese Fain aka Tinetra Johnson, Alfred Laufton Smart, Scott Cameron Smart
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Alfred Laufton Smart, Sr. (father)
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
Entry into Guyana
 
7/18/1978
Residence (US)
 
Residence (JT)
 
Not Known
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
(minor)
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
Remembrances
 
“I honor you and my friendship with your mom. I know, you are loved. ” - Susan White Hicks

“Teri, today you would have been 43 years old and you were my youngest child. Although, you were very young you were articulate beyond your years. You brightened the lives of all who came in contact with you; especially mine. It was a joy just to watch you being you. You were an intelligent happy child, with such a thirst for life and knowledge and yet so very independent. There was such sweetness about you that it made me want to just hold you and never let you go. What a wonderful adult you would have been. I can only hope that you knew how very much I loved you every second of your short life and I still do. Mom ” - Juanell Smart

“Teri, the youngest in the bunch, but so full of life, cute, fun and kind hearted. The one who helped me pull of master pranks at sunday school. so sweet and lovable that as a parent, it must have been hard to say no when she wanted something lol!, she was just that charming. I see these pictures of you all on here and it just hits me like a ton of bricks! and I feel like this is just some baad dream that I'm gonna wake up from, but it's not, and that's cold. shame on that man for taking my friends away from me and all that loved you. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO TERI! R.I.P. ” - Frank W. Garrett

“Though many years have gone by, I have never forgotten Teri, Scottie & Al. They were my childhood friends. Every day, I would play with Teri. She was brilliant, kind and lots of fun. Mostly I remember her smile & laugh, although she was also very, very intelligent. She had a wisdom beyond her years. Scottie and I shared a special friendship as well. I'll never forget the clubhouse we built and would stay out in until our parents called us inside. We would look at the stars and talk about our future together. We were only children but he had a gentleness and sweet quality that was very rare. So many memories... that I can and won't ever forget. ” - Carla Moyer

“I can still see you in my mind's eye.... skipping around in the middle of our street.... singing this song....Wake up everybody no more sleepin' in bed No more backward thinkin' time for thinkin' ahead The world has changed so very much From what it used to be There is so much hatred war an' poverty Wake up all the teachers time to teach a new way Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say 'Cause the're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands When you teach the children teach em the very best you can The world won't get no better if we just let it be The world won't get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me Wake up all the doctors make the ol' people well They're the ones who suffer an' who catch all the hell But they don't have so very long before the Judgment Day So won'tcha make them happy before they pass away Wake up all the builders time to build a new land I know we can do it if we all lend a hand The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind Surely things will work out they do it every time The world won't get no better if we just let it be The world won't get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me Change it yeah, change it yeah, just you and me Change it yeah, change it yeah Can't do it alone, need some help y'all Can't do it alone Can't do it alone yeah, yeah Wake up everybody, wake up everybody Need a little help y'all Need a little help Need some help y'all Change the world What it used to be Can't do it alone, need some help Wake up everybody Get up , get up, get up, get up Wake up, come on, come on Wake up everybody ” - Carla Moyer Hotz

“Teri Smart was my junior high school friend. On the last day of school my self, Teri, her brother, and our friend Melanie were running through the field in our way home when we had to stop and each of us had to go our separate way, and we said good bye to each other. Teri stated that she and her brother were going with their mother to Guyana, and we all said good bye. Our school was Charles McClay junior high and the school raised money to bring the bodies back to the United States, to California.” - Mccolloughnealramona@gmail.com

Somewhere Out There: My Memories of Teri, Scott, and Alfred Smart” - Carla Moyer Hotz