Patience Smith-Davis shows resiliency through entrepreneurship amid Hurricane Katrina deaths of five family members

DALLAS — Patience Smith-Davis undoubtedly is one who can be described as a true warrior, a woman of true perseverance, if you will.

Take, for instance, how just recently, Smith-Davis recalled her days as a high school student in the Saint Tammany, Louisiana area, which historically is the fifth-most populous parish in Louisiana — a parish seat that is included in the New Orleans–Metairie Metropolitan Statistical Area.

A former prep volleyball standout who labeled the sport her “savior,” amongst the reasons Smith-Davis described her high school days as tumultuous, of sorts, is that she lost five relatives as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

The eleventh named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Katrina was the costliest natural disaster as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

“I lost my focus (in high school) after losing five family members due to hurricane Katrina,” Smith-Davis told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “Later that year, my mom suffered renal failure, we believe it was because of the stress from losing her mom during Katrina. Volleyball became my savior. I lived and breathed volleyball.”

To her credit, Smith-Davis’ valiant contributions to the sport ultimately gave way to her being dubbed her varsity team’s Most Valuable Player for three consecutive seasons.

“I had ever intention to play in college,” Smith-Davis said.

However, a freak knee injury she sustained as a senior gave way to Smith-Davis having went unrecruited to play at the collegiate level.

Still, all wasn’t lost for this young, poised woman whose reputation is such that she is armed mightily with a wealth of resilience.

That’s because the 25-year-old Smith-Davis has steadfastly used her competitive drive through athletics to fuel her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship as owner and chief executive officer of Bumpte By Smith-Davis, a rising online department store for women from various walks of life.

Housed at, Smith-Davis’ business caters to “Mommies All Over The World,” according to the featured slogan on her company’s site.

In addition, Bumpte offers custom jewelry, baby wear, and the latest up-to-date style maternity clothing for women who are expecting.

“We created Bumptē to be affordable, fashionable and comfortable for all mommies,” according to a spokesperson for the site. “We hope you enjoy visiting our store and are pleased with every purchase you make.”

More than a decade removed from the devastating family tragedies amid Hurricane Katrina, Smith-Davis believes amongst the grandest life lessons she adopted was that is it absolutely imperative that she embraces every golden opportunity that’s afforded to her.


To her credit, she’s done just that through her up-and-coming business.

Now she’s taking on other interests she believes can greatly enhance her lifestyle, most notably acting and modeling.

Fortunately for her, she seems to have found her niche just as she’s done in business, considering she’s preparing to appear in upcoming movies and reality shows, including a Canadian-made show entitled The Fashion Hero ( that’s scheduled to air in January 2017.

I’ve always known that I wanted to one day create my own brand and it’s been work,” Smith-Davis said of her continuous success in recent years. “But it’s also been so rewarding.”

As she tells it, entrepreneurship has always been in her blood.

“I use to bake and sell cookies to pay for things needed and be able to shop before I was able to legally get a job,” Smith-Davis,  who currently resides in El Campo, Texas, explained. “The hustle has always been there.”

Even after she quit her jobs and went full time into entrepreneurship last December.

“I want other people, young or old, to pursue what their passionate about,” Smith-Davis said. “There will never be the perfect time to take that leap. Don’t let opportunities slip by. Life is short and some opportunities will never happen again.”

Something about which even devastating tragedies that hit home have greatly taught her.

All of which sums up why Smith-Davis undoubtedly is one who can be described a true warrior, a woman of true perseverance, if you will.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to [email protected]. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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