She was born July 1, 1912 in Greensboro to Samuel and Mary Apple, and married to Earnest Smith for 58years. He passed away in 1992. She is a member of Pleasant Garden Methodist Church in Greensboro.
Hallie and Earnest have two sons, Charles and Roger Smith, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Hallie was in the first class of licensed practical nurses to graduate from Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in 1958.
She loves flowers and had beautiful flower gardens, often displaying flowers from her gardens at flower shows. She is still active, and went bowling with Margate's residents and staff at Cardinal Lanes during National Nursing Home Week in May. She enjoys other activities at the center including chair dancing.
In honor of her 100th year, Hallie was given a birthday party at Margate last Thursday with a beautiful cake, on one half of which was a photo of her in younger days. She was presented a vase of red roses from Maynard Stuart of Jefferson Florist by Senior Tar Heel Delegate Clara Miller, and Commission Chairwoman Judy Poe read a resolution from High Country Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.
In part, the resolution read, “Whereas, Mrs. Hallie Mae Smith has witnessed many interesting and unique events in her lifetime such as man landing on the moon, several major wars, the Great Depression, and the inauguration of the first African American president...now therefore be it resolved, that the High Country Area Agency on Aging recognizes and honors Mrs. Hallie Mae Smith on the occasion of her one hundreth birthday on July 1, 2012.”
As those at the party sang “Happy Birthday” to Hallie, she joined in the singing and clasped her hands delightedly.