Virginia Smith Alexander
Virginia Smith Alexander was born on May 4, 1919, in Grantville, Georgia to Augustus Smith and Walter Trammell. “Ole Virginia from Georgia” as she always referred to herself, came from humble beginnings. To help support her family she started working at the age of 11 as a domestic, where she learned to cook, clean and take care of others. Auntie as she was affectionately called by her family received Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and could be often heard thanking him for giving her one more day on this earth.
Auntie eventually moved to California, where she met and married Seth Earl Alexander, who preceded her in death. Always up for a challenge, Virginia opened a business and became the first black woman in California to own and operate an automotive car wash. This business opened the door for many employment opportunities within the community.
Virginia was a giver, most everyone she knew has benefited at one time or another from her generosity, whether it was monetarily, a holiday card, a gift of some kind, her time, or receiving one of her famous pound cakes.
After retiring from her business, Auntie went back to what she loved the most, taking care of others. She was employed for several years as a house manager for Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gimbel, where she retired again in 2007 to a life of leisure until her death. Auntie saw many things in her 91 years. She was born at a time when blacks had to enter buildings through the back door and she lived to see a black man walk through the front door of the White House and become President of the United States of America.
Auntie leaves to cherish her memories and celebrate her homegoing: The Huey’s, the Stewarts, the Smith’s, the Walton’s, the Trammel’s, and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Guadalupe Salazar, Auntie’s caregiver.