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Alex James Smalls

September 1, 1939 July 7, 2009
Alex James Smalls
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Obituary for Alex James Smalls

Alex James Smalls was born on September 1, 1939 in St. Stephen, SC to the late Willie and Lula Smalls.Alex spent his early years in St. Stephen where he, despite amazing odds and personal challenges, proudly graduated from Russellville High Schools Class of 1958.Shortly after graduation, Alex moved to the Washington, D.C. area with high hopes and aspirations. It was then that he met the gem who would eventually become his wife, Sue. In forty-nine years of holy matrimony, their union was blessed with three daughters; Gail, Angie, and Crystal.Alex always had an entrepreneurial spirit and for a brief time even ran his own cleaning business. His path led him to Woodward & Lothrop where he worked for 27 years before he retired. He later also worked for Hughes Supplies and retired again after eight years of service.As an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Alex volunteered at every opportunity. He served as president of Circle Thirteen, was a member of the mens ministry, sang with the Male Jubileers, and participated on the security ministry.He loved his family dearly and took every opportunity to show it. Experiencing his cooking was his familys greatest joy. While he had only three daughters, hosts of close friends and family came to affectionately call him Dad, Pop, and PaPa.On Tuesday, July 7, 2009 he fell asleep after valiantly fighting several months of illness.Alex was preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Lula Smalls; a sister, Wilhelmena Suber; and a brother, Robert Smalls.He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Sue Smalls, daughters, Gail (Tony) Dingle, Angie (Whitfield Sr.) Richardson, Crystal (Albert) Gonzalez; twelve grandchildren, Tonya (Eric) Hanton, Maurice (Renee) Henderson, Albert Jr. (Angel) Gonzalez, Nazerine Henderson, Whitfield Richardson, Enoch Henderson, Alexia Gonzalez, Alex Gonzalez, Whitney Richardson, Jonathan Dingle, Ashlee Gonzalez, Kristian Dingle; three great-grandchildren, Anthony Gonzalez, Kylah Hanton, Morgan Hanton; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Cemetery:

Old Town Cemetery, Galax, VA on Monday, July 13, 2009

Visitation:

10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at Shiloh Baptist Church 8801 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Landover, MD 20785 on Saturday, July 11, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 A.M. at Shiloh Baptist Church 8801 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Landover, MD 20785 on July 11, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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