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        Mrs. Jean Wallace Small, 83, was born January 4, 1935 in Gaston County, North Carolina and departed this life Monday, January 22, 2018 at Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of the late Lamar and Viola McKee Jones Wallace.

She joined Friendship Baptist Church (presently, Friendship Christian Church) in Gastonia, North Carolina and later transition to Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina where she was an active member on the Usher Board and Choir.  She was also a member of the Eastern Star and Senior Citizen Organization.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earle Small; three children, Timothy Bernard Wallace, Gina Delores Howey and Raymond Lamar Small; one sister, Betty Sturgis; two brothers, Ted McKee and Troy McKee.

She leaves to cherish precious memories one daughter, Melissa Wilson (Eric) of Columbia, S.C.; two sons, Larry Small of Gastonia, N.C. and Christopher James Small (Marsha) of Ladson, S.C.; four sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Morrison, Shelia Brinkley, Cynthia McKee and Anne Lloyd; one brother, Robert McKee Jones; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral Arrangement 

Emmanuel Baptist Church
911 N. Highland Street
Gastonia, North Carolina

Monday, January 29, 2017 at 1:00 P.M.

The family will receive friends at the church for thirty minutes prior to funeral.
(12:30 until 1:00 p.m.)

Gaston Memorial Park
1200 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, N.C.

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  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Costner Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    Chris and Marsha, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers, I know the times are hard right now but GOD will ease the pain of your loss. She is in his hands now! Love you and will continue to pray for your family.
    ~ Nellie & Willie Henry   Gulfport, MS
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Sorry for your lost my prayers are with your family
    ~ Beverly Gardin   Mt Holly, NC
  • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Death is never an easy thing to have to deal with, even Jesus himself wept when his friend Lazarus feel asleep in death and he knew he could resurrect him. Revelation 21:4 says that God will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and pain will be no more.
    ~ Lisa L
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Rip grandma you are truely missed
    ~ ERICA GOUTY   Columbia, SC
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Melissa, it saddens us to hear you are mourning the loss of your loving mom. May you and the family, find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 34:18. It reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.