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Remembering Geraldyne Scott Smith

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Geraldyne Scott Smith's Memorial Will be Held Saturday May 5, 2012 At The Trimm AME Church In Pomona At 2:00 p.m.

Geraldyne Scott Smith was born August 22, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, to Rev. Thomas L. and Adah Richards Scott. After a brief illness, she transitioned from this life on April 26, 2012, to join her parents and her siblings: Ahnastasia, Theon, and Alvin. “Mama Gerri” as she was affectionately called, educated in Chicago, attended Howard University in Washington D.C., majoring in music. After completing the Conservatory of Music at Howard, she began her musical career, as a third generation musician, singing in Night Clubs. She simply “wanted to sing” and so she did, singing with greats such as Sammy Davis Jr. Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Lionel Hampton. She relocated to Los Angeles to further her career and obtained a recording contract with Imperial Records. After years of touring, her career changed directions and she used her gifts in service to God.

Her first opportunity to direct a choir began at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles, where her father was assigned to pastor. She directed choirs of all ages and ethnicities. This became her ministry. She directed the 500 Voice Southern California Youth Choir, in addition to directing choirs at First AME, Los Angeles, Bishop H. Hartford Brookins, and Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, pastors; Grant Church, Los Angeles, the late Bishop Henry Murph, pastor; Brookins AME Church, Bishop T. L. Kirkland, pastor and First AME Church, Pasadena. Her gift was teaching four part harmony. The last choir she directed was “Gerri’s Happy Chorale” which was a part of Jim Gilliam Senior Center in Los Angeles.

Although her home church is First AME Church, Los Angeles, in her retirement, she participated at St. Paul AME, San Bernardino, Allen AME, Riverside, and at Christmas she worshipped at Primm AME.

Not only was she gifted in music, but she loved politics and was instrumental in the election of the first Black Mayor of Los Angeles, Tom Bradley. She worked with Bob Ferrell’s campaign, Tom Bradley and Kenneth Hon. As well, David Cunningham, Maxine Waters, Dianne Watson, Nick Holden, Governor Pat Brown and Dr. Martin L. King. The current mayor of Fontana, Acquanetta Warren also worked with “Gerri” in Los Angeles politics.

She married twice. First to Charlie Carter and from this union Adahna was born. To the second marriage to Andrew Smith, whom she met at Grant Church, Alvin was born, and she added to her children, Andrew “Angalifu” Smith, Evangeline Hood and Giles Hurley. She came into this world singing; she continued to sing while residing at a skilled nursing center. Residents and visiting churches asked her to sing. The day before she transitioned, she sang with her children and grandchildren while in Intensive Care. On April 26, she simply stopped breathing. She was at peace and is now directing choirs with Gabriel. God saw her getting tired, a cure not meant to be, so He put His arms around her, and whispered, “Come With Me.”

She is survived by her daughter Adahna (Alonzo) Cobb and her son Alvin (Beatrice) Smith of Fontana CA; stepsons: Andrew “Angalifu” Smith of Atlanta, GA and Giles (Penny) Hurley of Los Angeles, CA; stepdaughter: Evangeline Hood of Texas; 6 grandchildren: Alondra (Patrick) Menezies, Anthony Cobb, Alyshia Cobb, Ahnastasia (Shawn) Lambert and Arnessa (Fred) Williams, and Alonzo Smith and 5 step grandchildren: Dakarai Smith, Zubetti Smith, Van Hurley, Andrea Hood and Tiffany Hood; a sister in the spirit, Theresa Phillips; 13 great grandchildren; 15 great great grandchildren and a host of cousins and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Primm Tabernacle AME Church Building Fund in her honor. Obituary for Geraldyne Scott Smith

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