Advertisement

Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Julia B. Smith, 92, daughter of Tampa Bay area pioneer

Julia B. "Judy" Smith, a member of a pioneer family linked to several city landmarks, has died at age 92.

Mrs. Smith, who was ill for the past six months, died Monday (Oct. 24, 1994) at Greenbrook Nursing Center.

A resident since 1902, she had worked as a window decorator and display person at a women's clothing store on Beach Drive and taught art at the old Art Building on Beach Drive.

Born Julia Bryan in Tampa, she was the daughter of the former Ruth Davidson and Hardy W. Bryan. Her father moved to Tampa in 1884 from Cottontown, Tenn., with his father, who had tuberculosis and needed a warm climate. Her father, a masonry expert, did brick work for cigar factories.

In St. Petersburg, her father left his imprints in the terra cotta work on the Open Air Post Office and the Snell Building. In 1917 he built the Davidson Apartments, at 156 Fourth Ave. NE. They were named for his wife's family.

For many years Mrs. Smith's family lived in a Queen Anne-style house built by Walter Henry at 146 Fourth Ave. N. In April, the house won city designation as a local landmark, protecting it from major changes or demolition.

Bon Bon's L'Habitat, a gift basket and fancy food shop, now rents the house.

Mrs. Smith was a Methodist. She was a member of Tampa Gem & Mineral Club and a co-founder of the St. Petersburg Gem & Mineral Club. She was involved with the St. Petersburg Historical Museum and Ladies of the Civitan.

Her husband of 61 years, Lorin B. Smith, a retired real estate executive, died in 1988. He was 87.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann S. Bridge, and a brother, Hardy Bryan Jr., both of St. Petersburg; a sister, Eloise Ashley, Dahlonega, Ga.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes, Ninth Street Chapel, 2201 Dr. M. L. King (Ninth) St. N. A service will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. William Martin officiating. Burial will be private.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Science Center of Pinellas County or the St. Petersburg Museum of History.

_ Some information in this obituary came from a story by Betty Jean Miller in the Times.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement