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Smith was born in Lexington, the daughter of Carrie Mae Clayborne and Stanberry Smith. Her mother was married to Frank Harris when the family was enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census. By 1939, Tommie was employed as a maid. She is listed in the 1939 and 1940 Lexington city directories.
According to her record in the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases, Tommie Smith enlisted in the Army in Cincinnati, OH when she was living in Lexington, KY in 1943. After her military service she was living in Lexington again: She is listed on p. 516 of the 1947 Lexington city directory. The name on her death certificate is Tommie S. Guy; she was married to Roosevelt Guy and lived in Temple, TX for 20 years; she died at the VA Hospital there in 1969, but is is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Lexington.
Sources: Texas Death Certificate #4299 35, State File #92456 in Ancestry; Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory, 1947, p. 516; Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory, 1939, p. 558; Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) City Directory, 1940, p. 586; Mrs. Carrie Mae Clayborne Sheckles in "News notes and deaths," The Lexington Leader, 3/1/1968, p. 17; Mrs. Tommie Guy in "Death," The Lexington Leader, 12/30/1969, p. 12; " Obituaries: Guy, Mrs. Tommie D. Smith," The Lexington Leader, 12/30/1969, p. 12; and "Deaths: Mrs. Tommie D. Guy," The Lexington Leader, 1/5/1970, p. 14.
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|NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)|
|NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)|
|NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)|
|NKAA Source: Polk's Lexington (Fayette County, KY.) city directory (annual)|
|NKAA Source: WACs Beaten in Elizabethtown, KY|
|NKAA Entry: Greenwood Cemetery / Cove Haven Cemetery (Lexington, KY)|
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“Guy, Tommie D. Smith,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed September 27, 2023, https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/items/show/300004473.
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