OpalYongue was born circa 1923. She was the daughter of WilliamYongue and Velma FayeSmith. Opal's mother died when Opal was only about three years old. After the death of her mother, Opal was raised by her Aunt Elva Smith Thomas until Opal's father was transferred to Florida where he married for a second time. Opal's father died shortly afterwards and Opal was left to be raised by her step-mother.