Wendolyn was born on June 23, 1955 along with her identical twin sister, Gwendolyn to the proud parents of Mrs. Hattie L. Mitchell and Mr. Willie L. Mitchell in Columbus, Georgia. Wendolyn was educated in the Muscogee School District, Columbus, GA. She graduated from Hardaway High on June 5, 1973.
In September 1973, she enrolled in Savannah State College, Savannah, GA and joined the Navy ROTC where she was one of the first females to join the unit. She met Bertram C. Smith on the Drill Team practice field as a freshman. During the winter quarter of her freshman year in 1974 she dated Bertram and married eight months later on September 14, 1974. She graduated from Savannah State on June 5, 1977 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She later pursued her post-graduate degrees with a Master's of Science in Guidance and Counseling from Fort Valley State University in 1995 and an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from Troy State University in December 1997.
Wendolyn and her husband Rev. Bertram Smith are the proud parents of four children: three daughters, Nicole 38, Monique 36, Danielle 31 and a son, Rory age 38. They also have four grandchildren, Tre’sor 15 and her brother Jase 11, Taylor 8 and our latest and sweetest of them yet, Little Master Bertram Daniel Smith, 16 months old.
On September 14, 1992, Wendolyn became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Sigma Epsilon Omega chapter in Warner Robins, GA. After serving several years with her chapter, she transferred to Macon, GA and joined Epsilon Omega Omega chapter where she served on the Executive Board as the Local Reporter. One of her proudest moments as an AKA was when her two daughters, Nicole and Danielle were initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha, Epsilon Omega Omega Chapter in 2009.
She began her teaching career in Greenville, GA, Merriweather School District as a Learning Disorder high school teacher. After transferring to Camp LeJeune, NC with her husband, she taught first grade and later returned to Georgia to work in the Upson County School District as an Itinerate L.D. high school teacher and B.D. middle school teacher. She transferred to Bibb County School System as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor where she worked with students in grades first through twelfth until retirement.
Wendolyn retired with twenty years of service in education from Macon - Bibb County School District in September 2001.
Wendolyn is also an entrepreneur. She is the owner of Wendolyn’s Elegant Home Furnishings, LLC, and a partner in Travel EZ Network, a travel agency where she works with her two sisters.
Wendolyn's favorite thing to do is travel. She has traveled to five of the seven continents. She has only one more continent to travel to before she reaches her goal. It is her desire to travel to Australia before the end of 2016. She was in competition with her oldest daughter, Nicole, to be the first one to travel all 50 states of the United States until March 14, 2016 when they traveled to Oklahoma. Nicole reached her 50th state and Wendolyn reached her 49th state. Wendolyn has one more state to travel (Maine) before reaching her goal. It is her desire to go to Maine in June of 2016.
During her third and present bouts with cancer, Wendolyn's faith in God has strengthened. She knows and truly believes that there is nothing too hard for God to handle, and through his stripes she is healed. She strongly believes in the Golden Rule: "Treat others the way you want to be treated," because she knows and deeply believes one never knows where he/she will be stationed in life. She believes when you put God first in your life, He will direct your path. One of her favorite sayings to herself, her children and grandchildren is, “Let no man define you. You define yourself. You determine who and what you will become.”
Wendolyn is a devout Christian and member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is married to Rev. Bertram C. Smith, Presiding Elder of the Augusta Wrens District of the Augusta Conference and the Pastor of St. Mark AME Church in the West Atlanta District of the Atlanta North Conference in the Sixth Episcopal District-Georgia. She is the District’s Consultant and first lady. She loves supporting her husband in all that he does to fulfill his commitment to God, church and country.
Her goal as Area Consultant and first lady is to help her husband define and initiate ministries, develop and implement strategies, and to promote the 21st century church by means of praising the Lord and winning souls for Christ.