The Smiths moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1967 and Louise became employed with the City of Fort Wayne soon after. She officially retired from all racing activity but helped independent drivers occasionally. She never stopped seeking to improve herself and the world and, in the 1970s, she sought and was awarded one of only 100 grants offered nationwide to build one of two solar houses in Alabama which still stands today. Even when her health began to decline, Louise continued to serve alongside her husband with a sweet smile and a heart of gold. Having grown up during the Depression and knowing hard times, Louise used education and her natural curiosity to discover a life other than that offered by her immediate environment.
The race was the first race to feature three female drivers and. After retiring in 1956, she remained active with the racing community, helping at tracks and sponsoring cars. It was the early 1940s. She loved her children, adored her grandchildren and kept her great grandchildren close to her heart. She married William Hobson Smith prior to his deployment to the South Pacific Theater with the U.
Harris High School where she met her sweetheart George Andrew Smith. One of her many accomplishments throughout her career was best Grand National placing 16th on Sept. She never had children of her own, however she had several nieces, grandnieces and grand nephewsclose to her. She also raced numerous times in the Modified division that ran during that era. Before a race near Greenville, , in 1946, he heard of Louise Smith, a local resident who was famous for outrunning law enforcement on the roads. Not realizing that the checkered flag meant the end of a race, she kept driving around the track until someone threw out a red flag, forcing her to stop. When her husband inquired about the car, she said it broke down on the way to Florida.
On January 18, 2018, Louise was called home to Glory and reunited with her husband George on their wedding anniversary. Images and content made be used with permission. Even though she had never seen a race - much less driven in one - Smith finished third in a modified 1939 Ford. A graveside service will be held at South Cemetery in Blountsville, Alabama on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at Noon. She was a classy and elegant woman.
Once her car went airborne off the track at Occoneechee Speedway in Hillsborough, N. In one race her car overturned, a crash that gave her 48 stitches and four pins in her left knee. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Addie Moore; siblings, Howard Moore, Lorraine Pope, and Marjorie Moore; her soulmate, George Smith, Jr. Owens, told The Greenville News. They married on January 18, 1962 and to this union two children, Ramona and Anthony, were born.
In 1947, she went to watch the beach races at Daytona in her husband's new Ford coupe, but when she arrived, she had to race. She raced from 1949 to 1956. Her hometown paper featured photos of the wreck, and the town knew about it before she got home. He asked about female drivers, and someone mentioned Smith. Opinions and other content are not necessarily those of editors, sponsors. Reflections of Her Journey 1945 - 2018 Louise Moore-Smith was born on March 25, 1945 in Meridian, Mississippi to Johnny Spencer Moore and Addie Nicholson Moore. Atlanta's Frank Mundy, who raced against Smith and other female drivers, including Sara Christian and Ethel Mobley, remembered her as a friendly driver who respected her peers on tracks across the country.
Through the numerous death threats to their home, and the countless times that George was jailed; Louise never let her strength waiver. That big smile was typical of Smith. It is constructed simply as an internet information source. . Smith was married to the late Noah Smith, a junkyard owner who didn't approve of her job.
She worked in various departments within the company; retiring from the Purchasing Department in 2002 after over 30 years of service. In 1947, she drove her husband's new Ford to Daytona Beach, presumably to watch the races. She mixed with Curtis Turner, Ralph Earnhardt, Bill Snowden, Buddy Shuman and Buck Baker. Louise was a longtime member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church. The wrecked car was on the front page. She grew up in Marion, Alabama, graduated from Perry County High School in 1942, and then Judson College in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in Speech and English.
In 1999, she was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega,. In 1965, she was one of the first teachers hired at the University of South Alabama and remained there until she retired in 1992. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. While at Greater Progressive, she served as announcement clerk and a member of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church Mass Choir for over 30 years. She died at age 89 ed: April 15, 2006 , but not before leaving an indelible legacy. Someone knew someone else who also knew Smith, a woman who had become legendary for outrunning the law. Using Smith as a bit of a novelty act, France would send her to Canada and the U.
More than anything, Louise was a true Southerner. But after track workers dragged the crumpled heap out of the woods, she climbed inside the door, helmet and goggles on her head, a big smile on her face, and posed for pictures. After the war, they both entered the University of Virginia where she pursued her master's degree. For other people named Louise Smith, see. Racing promoter Bill France Sr.