Born: September 8, 1882, Wise County, Texas.
Died: April 12, 1968, Sacramento, California.
Buried: East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, California.
Frank was the son of John Thomas Smith and Mary Sidney Brown, and husband of Alpha Inez Saunders.
He began studying music in 1895 under John W. Dennis, with whom he continued until receiving his diploma in 1903. He began teaching with Dennis in 1901, and eventually taught 27 primary schools and three normals in Indian Territory, Oklahoma and Texas, having about a thousand total pupils.
He attended his first two sessions of the Southern Normal Musical Institute in 1901, and received his diploma in December 1903.
His first published composition appeared in Singing for Joy, edited by Anthony J. Showalter and John. D. Patton (Dalton, Georgia: A. J. Showalter, 1902).
Copyright records show him in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1908, and in Oakland, California, by 1914.