"S" is for Smith, Nell Whitely (1929-2011)

Jun 17, 2019

Credit SC Public Radio

"S" is for Smith, Nell Whitely (1929-2011). Legislator, educator, businesswoman. A native of North Carolina, Nell married Harris Page Smith and moved with him to Easley where she taught junior high school science. Later, she opened her own business, House Antiques and Gifts. In July 1981 on the death of her husband, a state senator Senate District No. 1 (Abbeville, Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens), she was elected to fill his unexpired term. In 1984, after redistricting, she was elected to two full terms for District No. 2 (Pickens). Smith chaired the Rules Committee (the first woman to chair a standing Senate committee) and the Joint Legislative Committee on Children and Families. Nell Whitely Smith retired at the end of the 1992 legislative session, but continued to serve the community through membership on numerous boards and commissions.