Mrs. Annie Day Shepard Smith was the daughter of Dr. James E. Shepard, founder of North Carolina Central University. Annie Day Shepard Smith was a graduate of North Carolina College. After her husband’s death in 1953, she operated the I. H. Smith Realty Company until 1973. She was a member of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and was the first woman elected to the vestry. She also served several terms as President of the Ruth and Naomi Group of St. Cyprians. She was a Board Member for the Good Shepard Hospital and the West Street Public Library. Mrs. Smith was a charter member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of New Bern.