Butterfield Expresses Condolences on the Passing of Carolyn Smith Green

Aug 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC– Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today issued the following statement on the passing of Carolyn Marie Smith Green, age 89, of Henderson, North Carolina: 

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of a beloved community member who touched the lives of so many, Carolyn Marie Smith Green. Mrs. Smith Green was born in Durham, North Carolina and raised in New Bern by her parents, Isaac Hughes Smith, Jr. and Annie Day Shepard Smith. Carolyn is the granddaughter of Annie Day Robinson Shepard and Dr. James E. Shepard, the founder of North Carolina College (NCC) for Negroes, now known as North Carolina Central University (NCCU) of which I am a proud alum. Mrs. Smith Green attended NCC and received her Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1951.

Carolyn went on to teach Business Education at Saint Augustine College (now University) and continued her education, receiving her Master’s in Education in 1952 from Boston University. Carolyn later transitioned to a career in business management in Henderson, North Carolina. In December of 1956, Carolyn married her husband Dr. James Preston Green, Sr., physician, community leader and member of the North Carolina General Assembly. They were blessed with three children, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mrs. Green Smith was a fearless history maker and barrier breaker who blazed a trail as the first African-American woman to win a party nomination and run for Henderson school board in 1968. She was also the first African-American asked to join the Hospital Guild at Maria Parham Hospital, where she also served as both treasurer and president. A truly remarkable civic leader who was enthusiastically active in her community and in her church as a 60-year member of Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Henderson; Carolyn Marie Smith Green will be dearly missed by many. My sympathies are with the family, friends and loved ones of Mrs. Carolyn Smith Green during this difficult time.” 



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