Marin City Celebrates the Life of Pastor Fred Small, 82

Evelyn Small (lower left corner) giving the eulogy. Inset: Pastor Fred Small (taken on January 7, 2009). Photos by Godfrey Lee.

About 300 people attended the service May 25 to celebrate the life of Pastor Fred Hood Small at the Cornerstone Church of God in Marin City. Small, who was 82, passed away on May 15. Small was born on December 4, 1930 to Daisy Hattie Irene Jackson (Small), and Robert Lee Robinson in Lancaster County, South Carolina. He and his half brother, Freddie Lee, who shared the same biological father, grew up in separate households. Small met Cleola Lucille Jones while in high school and was soon convinced that she was someone special. For the next four years, their relationship grew, and they married on Feb. 5, 1954 in Washington, DC. Later that year, the couple accepted Christ into their lives on the same Sunday morning under the ministry of Pastor J. Durham. The couple had four children, two sons and two daughters. After serving in the military for four years during the Korean War, the family moved to Marin City. He became Marin City’s first postman, working in that position for more than 13 years. Small became pastor of the Peoples Inter-Cities Fellowship, where he served for 54 years. After a lengthy illness, his wife died on November 2, 2004. Three years later on March 4, 2007, Small married Evelyn Clark. “These were the best years of my life. He was the joy of my life, an answer to prayer and a great cook,” she said. From this marriage, an additional three stepchildren and nine step grandchildren came into the Small family. Small enjoyed playing pool, dominoes and bid whist. He loved people, especially those from Marin City. He loved feeding and crowding them into his small house and had a way of reaching and touching people in all walks of life. Pastor Small leaves to cherish his memory: his wife Evelyn Clark-Small; sons Ronnie and Marcus Small; daughters Alfreda Akognon and Robin Krueger; daughters-in-law Kathleen and Melanie Small; sons-in-law Pastor Emmanuel Akognon and Gordon Krueger; grandchildren Shola (Maude), Mysha (Sonny), Quinlan, Tenika, Joshua (Ariana), Shonte, Sherrell and Shemaiah; great grandchildren Shea, Riley, Kingston, Gabriel, Josiah, Aryiah and Hannah; Step children Clinton R. Hendrix, Yolanda Brown, and April James (Kris); step grandchildren Demetric, DeJohn, Yasmin, Jonathan, Kamaria, Monet, Ryan, Kris and Mya; brother-in-law Earnest Clark Jr. (Carrie); sister-in-law Cheri Bracken (Terry); adopted daughters Gina Doumate, Renae Warren and Janice Valentine Jones; many friends, family and loved ones.
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