Passion for Bowling
Past President of the Jacksonville Gator City Senate 2001-2006
Humanitarian Recipient Jacksonville Gator City Hall of Fame Banquet
Senior Lady Champion
Active member of Jacksonville Gator City Senate
Delegate of the National Bowling Association Conventions
Gloria Smith was an avid bowler for over 40 years, beginning her career in mid 1970s. She has received many awards, bowled in many tournaments, and leagues. She was a member of the former Women’s International Bowling Congress (WIBC), the American Bowling Congress (ABC) now known as United States Bowling Association (USBC), Florida State USBC, the National Bowlers Association (TNBA), and Jacksonville Gator City Senate. In addition, she was President of the Tournament Bowling Club.
She was known around the bowling scene by her beautiful smile. She was the type of person if you were having a bad day bowling, her smile was so infectious you could not help but smile back. She had many names in the alley, Gloria, Jean, Gigi, Shorty just to name a few. She is most noted for being the main driver at all the out of town bowling trips. Whether we drove, flew, and rented a car, Gloria was always the driver.
During her tutelage as president of the Gator City Senate, with a small membership and very limited funds, she never gave up on her vision of seeing the senate grow and prosper. She always attended all the conventions on the national and regional level, to ensure the game and senate she loved stayed well informed.
Upon stepping down as president she vowed to stay dedicated to the senate and assist any way she could. She was very instrumental in supporting the growth and new vision of the senate, under the guidance of new president, who served as vice president during her reign.
Through the hard work, Gloria was able to see the vision come to life. The membership grew from approximately 120 members to over 300. The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet was held to honor the members of the senate. She was honored and recognized as a Past President, as well as receiving the Humanitarian Award.
In 2001, the Florida Sunshine Challenge began during her presidency, where all the Florida Senates compete for bragging rights. Each year, the challenge would move from city to city. Just before the challenge moved to more of a central location, it was held at Jax West Bowling Center. Jax Gator City had a clean sweep of both Classic Men and Women’s Title, under Gloria’s presidency. Upon moving the tournament to Orlando, she remained a member of the Senior Ladies of Gator City who was champions for several years, and Gloria won many titles.
Gloria’s last tournament was the 9th Annual Jacksonville Gator City Tournament at Batt Family Fun Center, June 26-28, 2020. She placed 5th in the Women’s Handicap Singles Division, with a set of 737. She will be missed by the bowling community, with her gracious bowling style, her cute skorts/skirts and most of all her infectious smile. A true humanitarian, a person with a heart of gold willing to help anyone.
God has an angel with Him
Rest well our sister your work is truly done.
The Officers and Members of the Jacksonville Gator City Senate
President, Jacksonville Gator City Senate, Carolyn Lynn, TNBA
Vice President, Haylan (Andre) Washington
Secretary, Nichelle Meadows
Treasurer, Bessie Belton
Sergeant-At-Arms, Darryl Meadows, Sr.
Public Relations Director, Mark S. Lynn
Tournament Director, Haylan (Andre) Washington
Chaplin, Ricky Burney