Margaret Shipley

F, b. circa 1913
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1913
  • (Bride) Marriage*: circa 1934; Groom=Walter Scott Smith Jr.
  • Married Name: circa 1934; Smith

Family: Walter Scott Smith Jr. b. 18 May 1911, d. Dec 1970

Edith Christine Smith

F, b. 8 January 1914, d. 18 February 2000
  • Last Edited: 27 Nov 2012

Family: Alphonso Sledge Barger b. 6 May 1908, d. 8 Sep 1996

Citations

  1. [S2] Social Security Death Records, has 8 Jan 1915.
  2. [S478] Edith Ann (Barger) Ley e-mail, e-mail address, Jun 2012 - Oct 2013,.
  3. [S2] Social Security Death Records,.

Alphonso Sledge Barger

M, b. 6 May 1908, d. 8 September 1996
  • Last Edited: 20 Nov 2001

Family: Edith Christine Smith b. 8 Jan 1914, d. 18 Feb 2000

Citations

  1. [S2] Social Security Death Records,.

Carl Eugene Smith

M, b. 11 May 1918, d. 29 November 1943
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Blanche Duvall b. c 1920

Blanche Duvall

F, b. circa 1920
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1920
  • (Bride) Marriage*: circa 1940; Groom=Carl Eugene Smith
  • Married Name: circa 1940; Smith

Family: Carl Eugene Smith b. 11 May 1918, d. 29 Nov 1943

Sarah Mildred Smith

F, b. 25 July 1904
  • Last Edited: 10 Nov 2001

Family: Bailey Roberts b. c 1902, d. 24 Sep 1970

Bailey Roberts

M, b. circa 1902, d. 24 September 1970
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Sarah Mildred Smith b. 25 Jul 1904

Olin Theodore Smith

M, b. 25 February 1906, d. September 1981
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Lucille Conner b. c 1908

Lucille Conner

F, b. circa 1908
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1908
  • (Bride) Marriage*: circa 1929; Groom=Olin Theodore Smith
  • Married Name: circa 1929; Smith

Family: Olin Theodore Smith b. 25 Feb 1906, d. Sep 1981

Ruth Smith

F, b. 8 November 1908, d. 13 July 1997
  • Last Edited: 12 Mar 2009

Family: Francis P. White b. c 1906

Citations

  1. [S2] Social Security Death Records,.

Francis P. White

M, b. circa 1906
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1906
  • (Groom) Marriage*: circa 1929; Bride=Ruth Smith

Family: Ruth Smith b. 8 Nov 1908, d. 13 Jul 1997

Lucille Tatum

F, b. circa 1913
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1913
  • Married Name: circa 1934; Smith

Robert Crew Smith

M, b. 13 May 1913, d. 24 February 2006
  • Last Edited: 22 Jun 2012
  • (Child) Birth*: 13 May 1913; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama
  • (Groom) Marriage*: 15 March 1947; Bride=Margaret Faye Stubbs
  • (Resident) Residence*: 1976; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama
  • Death*: 24 February 2006; Goodwater, Coosa Co., Alabama; Graveside service for Mr. Robert Crew Smith Sr., age 92, of Goodwater, will be Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Goodwater Cemetery with Veteran Honors provided by the U.S. Navy. The Rev. Joe Fain, Rev. James Shaneyfelt and Rev. Jimmy Harper will officiate. The family will receive friends at Mr. Smith&8217;s residence on Sunday, Feb. 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, Feb. 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

    Mr. Smith passed away on Friday, February 24, 2006 in Alexander City, AL. On May 13, 1913, Robert Crew Smith was born into a family of educators, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Like many of his ancestors, he seemed destined from birth to become a public figure. He inherited the same quality of leadership that was prominent in both the Smith and the Crew families.

    He is the youngest of five children born to Olin Theodore (O.T.) Smith, 1877-1961, and Linnie Lucinda Crew, 1879-1963, of Goodwater, and the grandson of Colonel Madison Crew, 1853-1912, and Sarah Elizabeth Barrett, 1861-1921, of Goodwater. He is also the grandson of Woodie Burge (W.B.) Smith and Sarah Catherine Griffin of Clay County.

    Robert Crew Smith received his early education in Goodwater School, under the direction of his own father, O.T. Smith, who was principal of the school for 25 years. He completed his college education at Jacksonville State Teacher’s College and Auburn University in 1936, after which he taught school the following five years, three of which he was a principal.

    In 1942 he was attached to the Seabees, training at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. The Seabees (a military construction and maintenance unit) served on an “as-needed-basis” to any branch of the Armed Forces throughout the Pacific Corridor. He served in the United States Navy from 1942 until 1946.

    In 1946 Smith returned to Goodwater, where he established an automobile dealership-Smith Motor Company, and in 1947, he married Margaret Faye Stubbs, daughter of J.C. and Ruth Stubbs of Lanier, Georgia. Three Children were born to Robert and Margaret Faye Stubbs Smith: Robert Crew Smith, Jr., 1949, who resides in McCalla, AL, Olin Thomas Smith, 1952; and Michael Stubbs Smith, 1953, who resides in Scottsboro, AL. Margaret Faye Smith died in 1965, after an extended illness; Olin Thomas Smith died in 1997, while teaching school in Germany. Mr. Smith is also survived by his two grandchildren, Katherine Smith and Will Smith, both of McCalla, AL.

    Elected to the Coosa County Board of Education in 1948, Smith resigned this position to accept his election to the House of Representatives of the Alabama Legislature in 1951; he was received upon his subsequent return as a board member in 1966. He served twenty-seven years with the Coosa County Board of Education; twenty-four of those years, he was chairman of the board.

    During this time of service, Smith helped to administer and supervise the educational interest of the public schools; determine and establish the written educational policy of the system; consolidate schools when practicable; provide for the transportation of pupils; employ personnel as needed; and provide a course of study for the schools. He enforced the compulsory attendance law; prescribed conditions of promotion of pupils, and acquired property. He established and maintained kindergartens and served the citizens of Coosa County in a dedicated manner. He retired as a board member November 13, 1990.

    As a member of The House of Representatives of the Alabama Legislature, Smith served on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and The Committee on Local Government. Having taught school, he was particularly interested in school legislation; and he was influential in establishing the Coosa County Vocational Center near Rockford. Since Coosa ranked third in the production of timber, Smith devoted much time to conservation legislation. In addition, he was concerned with welfare measures regarding the elderly in Alabama.

    Coming from a widely known political family, Smith was no stranger to politics. His father, O.T. Smith, and his uncles, C.S. Bentley and Walter Smith, served in the Alabama State Senate. Another uncle, J.O. Smith, served in the House of Representatives.

    In his career with Alabama Power Company, he was employed as a land agent and assigned to the eastern district, which consisted of Calhoun, Cleburne, Clay, Talladega, Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties. His home base was the Birmingham office. He held this position until his retirement from public work.

    As a citizen and businessman of Goodwater, Robert Crew Smith has been prominent in many phases of city and county government, and he is a member in numerous city and county organizations. Among the organizations he has been affiliated with, but not limited to, are: Goodwater Energy Conservation Board; Vice Chairman, Coosa Day Care Centers; Commander, American Legion Post; Goodwater Planning Commission; Goodwater Pride and Action Committee; Parent&8217;s/Teacher&8217;s Association; Hatchett Creek Development Corporation; Commissioner, Goodwater Housing Authority; Lion&8217;s Club Charter Member; Alabama Historical Society; Coosa County Historical Society; Clay County Historical Society; Goodwater Baptist Church; Sigma Nu Fraternity; Boy Scouts and Masons.

    A well-known historian and antique toy collector, Robert Crew Smith still remains a public-spirited person who may well be remembered in generations to come as the author of The Coming of the Railroad, a history book containing rare and unique photographs and pioneer history on the settlement known as “Adkins&8217; Gap and Goodwater.”

    In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be given to the Coosa County Historical Society.

    Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com.

    Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City is in charge of the arrangements.1,2
  • Research Note*: June 2012; Robert was the one who had the pictures of Robert Lee Griffin and Mary Ann (Wise) Griffin. Perhaps one of his sons has those pictures now.3

Family: Margaret Faye Stubbs b. 4 Dec 1927, d. 5 Jan 1969

Citations

  1. [S2] Social Security Death Records,.
  2. [S1] Alexander City Outlook.
  3. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Lewis Wyman Griffin Jr.

M
  • Last Edited: 10 Sep 2018
  • Photographed*: 1966; Leeds, Jefferson Co., Alabama1
  • (Resident) Residence*: July 1995; Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona; 4242 North 32nd Street, Apt. 7, Phoenix, AZ 85018
  • Biography*: Lew Griffin compiled these records. He is a native Alabamian, born and raised in Leeds near Birmingham. Lew was president of the student body and the Valedictorian of the Leeds High School class of 1966. He was awarded a $5,100 Pan American Petroleum Foundation scholarship in Engineering Science to Florida State University. Lew decided to leave Florida State after three years to pursue a degree in theology. In 1973 he earned a B. A. in Theology from Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas. From 1973 to 1975, he was the direct mail marketing coordinator for the now defunct Worldwide Church of God in Pasadena, California. In 1976 he earned a B. A. in Social Science from University of California at Irvine.

    Lew has had various jobs through the years. He did marketing and was bookkeeper for Pace Learning Systems in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1979 he moved to San Francisco, and worked for Marsh & McLennan as a bookkeeper and report writer for California Medical Malpractice Insurance Co. He was a technical representative for a database software company, On-Line Business Systems, Inc. While living in Palo Alto, California Lew worked as a bookkeeper for a small computer magazine "Dr. Dobb's Journal" of Menlo Park, California. Finally, in 1984, Lew settled in at the University of Santa Clara as the database administrator for administrative computing for the University. In July 1995, Lew and his wife, Cathy, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and Lew continued to work as a database consultant for Santa Clara University until January 2000.

    Lew realized early on that his real love was family history. He first took an interest in family history in 1961, at age 13, when he saw a letter from his great grandmother’s brother, Joe Culpepper (1840-1920), who said "they say there were two Lord Culpeppers, and we are descended from one of them." Lew noted, “after all these years I still have not been able to prove Uncle Joe’s statement, but it has been fun trying.” Lew actually met Pauline Jones Gandrud and saw the card files that she had compiled of Alabama records. This was back before the Internet brought so many records, including her typed books, to our desktops. Lew began to pursue family history as a serious hobby in October 1976. He would drive to the Federal Archives branch at Laguna Niguel (Orange County), California and look at census records on microfilm. He also collected stories and data from correspondents, originally through the U. S. mail and later via e-mail. When living in northern California, Lew was a frequent visitor to the Federal Archives branch in San Bruno, California and, after moving to Phoenix, Lew did a good bit of research in census records at the LDS library in Mesa, Arizona before these records became available online. Starting in 1976, Lew would spend a week, sometimes more, nearly every year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, searching their more than two million rolls of microfilm. Through correspondence and personal research, Lew accumulated records on most early Culpepper families in America, and thousands of their descendants, at least down to the 1900-1920 time period. Over the years, Lew located over 14,000 descendants of his ancestor John Culpepper (1774-1855) including descendants of all surnames as well as descendants of his other lines.

    Lew’s research was interrupted in the summer of 2010, when he experienced complications from open heart surgery and nearly died. Slowly but surely, Lew has gotten back to his records. The Internet has allowed Lew to share his research and, as of 2017, he maintains several family history websites.
  • Biography: May 2017; Lew Griffin compiled these records. He is a native Alabamian, born in Birmingham and raised in nearby Leeds. Lew was president of the student body and the Valedictorian of the Leeds High School class of 1966. He was awarded a $5,100 Pan American Petroleum Foundation scholarship in Engineering Science to Florida State University.He had a double minor in math and physics. Lew decided to leave Florida State after three years to pursue a degree in theology. In 1973 he earned a B. A. in Theology from Ambassador College in Big Sandy, Texas. From 1973 to 1975, he was the direct mail marketing coordinator for the now defunct Worldwide Church of God in Pasadena, California. In 1976 he earned a B. A. in Social Science from University of California at Irvine with a minor in Economics.

    Lew has had various jobs through the years. He did marketing and was bookkeeper for Pace Learning Systems in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In 1979 he moved to San Francisco, and worked for Marsh & McLennan as a bookkeeper and report writer for California Medical Malpractice Insurance Co. He was a technical representative for a database software company, On-Line Business Systems, Inc. While living in Palo Alto, California Lew worked as a bookkeeper for a small computer magazine "Dr. Dobb's Journal" of Menlo Park, California. Finally, in 1984, Lew settled in at the University of Santa Clara as the database administrator for administrative computing for the University.Lew married Catherine McBirnie May 25, 1992. In July 1995, Lew and his wife, Cathy, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and Lew continued to work as a database consultant for Santa Clara University until January 2000.

    Lew realized early on that his real love was family history. He first took an interest in family history in 1961, at age 13, when he saw a letter from his great grandmother’s brother, Joe Culpepper (1840-1920), who said "they say there were two Lord Culpeppers, and we are descended from one of them." Lew noted, “after all these years I still have not been able to prove Uncle Joe’s statement, but it has been fun trying.” Lew actually met Pauline Jones Gandrud and saw the card files that she had compiled of Alabama records. This was back before the Internet brought so many records, including her typed books, to our desktops. Lew began to pursue family history as a serious hobby in October 1976. He would drive to the Federal Archives branch at Laguna Niguel (Orange County), California and look at census records on microfilm. He also collected stories and data from correspondents, originally through the U. S. mail and later via e-mail. When living in northern California, Lew was a frequent visitor to the Federal Archives branch in San Bruno, California and, after moving to Phoenix, Lew did a good bit of research in census records at the LDS library in Mesa, Arizona before these records became available online. Starting in 1976, Lew would spend a week, sometimes more, nearly every year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, searching their more than two million rolls of microfilm. Through correspondence and personal research, Lew accumulated records on most early Culpepper families in America, and thousands of their descendants, at least down to the 1900-1920 time period. Over the years, Lew located over 14,000 descendants of his ancestor John Culpepper (1774-1855) including descendants of all surnames as well as descendants of his other lines.

    Lew’s research was interrupted in the summer of 2010, when he experienced complications from open heart surgery and nearly died. Slowly but surely, Lew has gotten back to his records. The Internet has allowed Lew to share his research and, as of 2017, he maintains several family history websites.1
  • Residence: May 2017; 4307 North 34th Street, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona1

Citations

  1. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

James Oliver Smith

M, b. 3 April 1913, d. August 1950
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Eldred Woodie Smith

M, b. 13 May 1912, d. 13 October 1981
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Manon Asa Smith

M, b. 2 May 1915, d. 2 December 1958
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Family: Louise Crouson b. c 1917

Louise Crouson

F, b. circa 1917
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1917
  • (Bride) Marriage*: circa 1938; Groom=Manon Asa Smith
  • Married Name: circa 1938; Smith

Family: Manon Asa Smith b. 2 May 1915, d. 2 Dec 1958

Adolphus Lynwood Pettus Jr.

M, b. 24 June 1916, d. 1954
  • Last Edited: 14 Oct 2000

Robert Winston Wood

M, b. 29 December 1914, d. 15 November 1972
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000

Charles William Coleman

M, b. circa 1917
  • Last Edited: 6 Oct 2000
  • (Deceased) Death*:
  • (Child) Birth*: circa 1917