Loretta Marie Small

June 11, 1939March 20, 2019

Ms. Loretta Marie Small went to her well-earned eternal rest on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. She was born June 11, 1939 in Bassett, Virginia. Ms. Loretta Small graduated from the George Washington Carver High School and went on to receive her B.A. Degree from Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA. She also received a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from UNC Greensboro. She eventually was hired as a Typing and Short-Hand instructor at G. W. Carver High School. She was also employed at Drewry Mason and Magna Vista High Schools where she was dedicated to her students and wanted each one of them to succeed. Ms. Loretta Small was a faithful member of the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Senior Choir, Sunday School Teacher, and the Missionary Circle. Loretta had a love for bowling, singing, and spending time with friends and family. She also gave back to her community by serving as a volunteer for many community organizations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Paul and Minnie Small, three sisters (Stella Warner, Georgia Chatman, Joann Eades) and two brothers (Paul Small, Jr., Thomas Small).

Those leaves to cherish her memories most are her sisters: Doretha Grant of Cleveland, OH; Gloria Black of Winston-Salem, NC and devoted friends Paulette Copening and Mary O. Herford. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews that loved her dearly: Sharon Small, Robert Eades, Marcelle Eades, Michelle Small, Adrienne W. McDaniel (Karell), Tennar Bogard, Rudy Small (Cynthia), Thomas Small, Jr., Darnise Small, Delphine Small, Tonya Small, Gay Small, Monica Hubbard (Christopher), Patrice B. Davis (Terrence), Lisa B. Thomas (Franklin), Sonya B. Weaks, Ryanne Mitchell, Lexus Byers and Layla Weaks, Jamaad, Jessica, and Jason Small.

A service will be conducted, Monday, March 25, 2018 at Star Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1116 Mary Hunter Drive, Bassett, VA 24055 at noon. Family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to service. Burial will follow at Carver Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made at


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Marlene Woods

March 25, 2019

Ms. Small was my typing teacher for my senior elective class and the fastidious typing skills I learned in her class at Drewry Mason High School
-which STILL was the most practical class I took in school. Small was very classy, professional and no nonsense in her approach and thoroughly challenged me my senior year—I’ll never forget getting a burning “C” in that class. However: her verbal delivery and excellent expectations molded me into the fast, efficient typist (inevitably keyboardist) that I am today which helped me in journalism, paralegal and of late- voluminous nursing charting.

Thank you for your spirit of excellence!

*Tried to see you at the hospital to personally thank you for that “hard” class but you were sleeping.

Gladys King

March 24, 2019

Gloria & the Small Family,
Sorry to hear of your the loss. Just a note to let you know that God is able to carrying you through during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Peggy Bullins

March 24, 2019

Bless her heart! Ms. Small was one of my favorite teachers at Drewry Mason High School in the 70s. We had many teachable moments that she straightened me out on one thing or another. One thing that comes to mind is a word that I openly said in class one day and she came up and asked me to stay after class to discuss my language. I was scared to death just scrambling to think what I had said that she was offended by. When she told me "that word" was a curse word I laughed hysterically and she was even more upset with me. I told her it wasn't an ugly word in our family and I promised my mom would mash my mouth if i ever said a curse word. She talked to her beloved father about it and he told her while their family didnt use that word other people do. She apologized to me for over-reacting and we had a good laugh but I promised never to use that word in front of her again. She was a true teacher and wanted her students to learn and go far. Ms. Small, you are loved and well thought of! You left this world a better place! Thoughts and prayers with the family.

Carolyne Green

March 24, 2019

I worked with Loretta at Carver; she was a very nice and even tempered person. My sympathy to the Small family.

Carolyn Penn

March 24, 2019

Ms. Small was one of my many wonderful teachers and she always wanted me to do and give my best. Ms. Small was a wonderful person and she will be truly missed here on this earth, but will be well received in her heavenly home. Praying for and with the Small family.