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-->'''Lessy Smithgall''' (1 April 1911 – 25 June 2021) was an American [[supercentenarian]] whose age is currently unvalidated by the [[Gerontology Research Group]] (GRG).
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-->'''Lessie Smithgall''' (née '''Bailey'''; 1 April 1911 – 25 June 2021) was an American [[supercentenarian]] whose age is currently unvalidated by the [[Gerontology Research Group]] (GRG).
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Celestia Bailey (Lessie) Smithgall was born April 1, 1911, in East Point, Georgia, to Charles Thomas and Elma Elizabeth Bailey nee Wootan, but grew up in Atlanta’s West End.Early on, she developed an interest in nature, music, books and the arts, influenced considerably by her father, Charles Thomas Bailey, an Atlanta city councilman, who often took her to the opera and the zoo. As councilman, he was overseer of the city’s parks, including Grant Park. She graduated cum laude from Girls High School in 1929 and entered journalism school at the University of Georgia. She served as president of Women’s Student Government, and graduated in 1933.
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Celestia Bailey (Lessie) Smithgall was born in East Point, Georgia, USA on 1 April 1911, to Charles Thomas and Elma Elizabeth (née Wootan) Bailey, but grew up in Atlanta’s West End. Early on, she developed an interest in nature, music, books and the arts, influenced considerably by her father, Charles Thomas Bailey, an Atlanta city councilman, who often took her to the opera and the zoo. As councilman, he was overseer of the city’s parks, including Grant Park. She graduated cum laude from Girls High School in 1929 and entered journalism school at the University of Georgia. She served as president of Women’s Student Government, and graduated in 1933.
   
She married with Charles Smithgall (died on October 27, 1934 at Druid Hills Baptist Church. The Smithgalls founded the Gainesville Daily Times on 26 January, 1947, after purchasing the weekly Gainesville Eagle. They had four children: Bay, Thurmond, Charles III and John. She developed notable philanthropic action and she was devoted to the protection of nature, arts, culture and her own community.
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She married Charles Smithgall on 27 October 1934 at Druid Hills Baptist Church. The Smithgalls founded the Gainesville Daily Times on 26 January 1947, after purchasing the weekly Gainesville Eagle. They had four children: Bay, Thurmond, Charles III and John. She developed notable philanthropic action and she was devoted to the protection of nature, arts, culture and her own community. She got widowed in 2002.
   
Lessie Smithgall died at her Gainesville home on 25 June 2021 at the age of 110 years, 85 days. She was preceded by his husband who died in 2002.
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Smithgall died at her home in Gainesville, Georgia, USA on 25 June 2021 at the age of 110 years, 85 days.
   
==References==
 
*[https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/life/people/110-years-lived-fully-and-productively-times-co-founder-lessie-smithgall-leaves-legacy-in-northeast-georgia/ 110 years ‘lived fully and productively.’ Times co-founder Lessie Smithgall leaves legacy in Northeast Georgia]
 
*[https://littledavenport.com/obituary/Lessie-Smithgall/ Lessie (Bailey) Smithgall]
 
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
Smithgall_Shaws_and_Carters.jpg|Caroline and Robert Shaw, Lessie Smithgall, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
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Smithgall Shaws and Carters.jpg|Caroline and Robert Shaw, Lessie Smithgall, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter.
Smithgall_and_Cabelleros.jpg|Lessie Smithgall, left, and friends who are part of the group referring to themselves as the Cabelleros after Ed Cabell, former director of the theater program at what is now the University of North Georgia.
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Smithgall and Cabelleros.jpg|Lessie Smithgall, left, and friends who are part of the group referring to themselves as the Cabelleros after Ed Cabell, former director of the theater program at what is now the University of North Georgia.
 
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==References==
 
*[https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/life/people/110-years-lived-fully-and-productively-times-co-founder-lessie-smithgall-leaves-legacy-in-northeast-georgia/ 110 years ‘lived fully and productively.’ Times co-founder Lessie Smithgall leaves legacy in Northeast Georgia] Gainesville Times, 25 June 2021
 
*[https://littledavenport.com/obituary/Lessie-Smithgall/ Lessie (Bailey) Smithgall Obituary] Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory
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Latest revision as of 12:38, 22 November 2021

Lessie Smithgall
Lessie Smithgall
Birth: 1 April 1911
East Point, Georgia, USA
Death: 25 June 2021
Gainesville, Georgia, USA
Age: 110 years, 85 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Unvalidated

Lessie Smithgall (née Bailey; 1 April 1911 – 25 June 2021) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Celestia Bailey (Lessie) Smithgall was born in East Point, Georgia, USA on 1 April 1911, to Charles Thomas and Elma Elizabeth (née Wootan) Bailey, but grew up in Atlanta’s West End. Early on, she developed an interest in nature, music, books and the arts, influenced considerably by her father, Charles Thomas Bailey, an Atlanta city councilman, who often took her to the opera and the zoo. As councilman, he was overseer of the city’s parks, including Grant Park. She graduated cum laude from Girls High School in 1929 and entered journalism school at the University of Georgia. She served as president of Women’s Student Government, and graduated in 1933.

She married Charles Smithgall on 27 October 1934 at Druid Hills Baptist Church. The Smithgalls founded the Gainesville Daily Times on 26 January 1947, after purchasing the weekly Gainesville Eagle. They had four children: Bay, Thurmond, Charles III and John. She developed notable philanthropic action and she was devoted to the protection of nature, arts, culture and her own community. She got widowed in 2002.

Smithgall died at her home in Gainesville, Georgia, USA on 25 June 2021 at the age of 110 years, 85 days.


Gallery

References