Jo Ann SmithJo Ann Smith has a life-long interest in history and government. She is the daughter of Ellen and Robert Nathan Smith. She is married to H. A. "Jack" Smith. Both of her grandfathers served in the North Carolina General Assembly. Her maternal grandfather, Thomas Bragg Higdon of Macon County, North Carolina, served two terms as sheriff and one term as member of the House of Representatives. Her paternal grandfather, Lewis J. Smith of Jackson County, North Carolina, served as register of deeds and as a State Senator. He also was a founder of Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Jo Ann was a business owner for many years. She is an editor and has authored many publications. She was the editor of the Higdon Family News for twenty years. She is a charter member of the North Carolina Genealogical Society. And she has served as the Secretary to Inaugural Committees for three North Carolina governors. Jo Ann was elected to three terms as Principal Clerk of the North Carolina House of Representatives and was responsible for preparing the House Journal.