SMITH, Shirley Faye

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Last Name
 
SMITH
Given Names
 
Shirley Faye
AKA's
 
Better known as
 
Date of Birth
 
2/3/1948
Age at Death
 
30
Place of Birth
 
Marlin, Texas
Race
 
Black
Gender
 
Female
Religion
 
Family Tree
 
Birth Mother
 
Birth Father
 
Siblings
 
Partner
 
Children
 
Non-Temple Relatives
 
Body Identification Number
 
Burial Location
 
Source of Death Information
 
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
 
8/22/1977
Residence (US)
 
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
 
Cottage 17
Occupation outside __Peoples Temple
 
secretary (PT occupation record)
Occupation inside __Peoples Temple
 
Occupation at __Jonestown
 
Government Income
 
Discrepancies
 
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78) says birthdate is 12/3/1949; passport DOB above
Remembrances
 
“Shirley Smith and I were good friends from early in our lives in Peoples Temple. We were about the same age, and shared a great friendship with Rennie (Corine) Jackson. We were all in the choir in Redwood Valley and I can still see Shirley in her blue choir dress - in the choir or singing her solo of "He's Able." She had a wonderful voice and a priceless style of singing. She would begin with just a calm demeanor, and then gradually build up to have the entire congregation rock out with her. She was most enthusiastic when she was singing! Most of the time, she was calm and fairly quiet. Then, something would strike her as being hysterically funny and she would laugh loudly - surprising people who weren't around her much. In Jonestown, we were both in the singing group "The Misfits." We were performing there and practicing for a potential trip to take touring Russia or in selected spots in Europe. I was in the group - but lacked the necessary rhythm. Jim (Jones) had asked Shirley to work with me to get some rhythm. It was a tough job for her. But, she was able to comfort herself by laughing at my efforts. We had a great time trying to overcome that obstacle. Shirley was a treasure, and good friend. ” - Laura Johnston Kohl

Shirley Smith: A Quiet Confidence” - Vera Washington