SMITH, Shirley Faye

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Last Name
Given Names
Shirley Faye
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Marlin, Texas
Family Tree
Birth Mother
Birth Father
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
Redwood Valley, California 95470
Residence (JT)
Cottage 17
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
secretary (RYMUR 89-4286-X-5-a-26y)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Farm Management—Crops, Garden Crew (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4ak); Farm Management (Garden Crew I) (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-A-11); Family Services—Miscellaneous Services, Needs Workers (RYMUR 89-4286-C-7-h-4a); Field worker; skilled garden (RYMUR 89-4286-PP-8-M-5); Needs (Supervisor) (RYMUR 89-4286-E-2-A-1mmmmm)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
Government Income
FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78) says birthdate is 12/3/1949; passport DOB above
“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