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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Wm. Lee Smallwood

September 2, 1945January 30, 2019

Wm. Lee Smallwood passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the age of 73.

Beloved husband of Janis Rozelle for twenty years.

Father of Yolanda Sherrer (Terry), Aundrea Smallwood, and Daniella Smallwood.

Step-father of Rebecca Bergens (Gordon), Donald Bergens, Jr. (Deb), and Paula Rozelle Hanback (James).

He is also survived by his siblings, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Son of the Vera Horton Smallwood and the late Herman Smallwood.

He grew up in York, Pennsylvania and retired with his wife to her hometown of New Orleans.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd in New Orleans, on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 12 PM. Visitation will begin at 11 AM. Interment will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or People Program, 2240 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70122.

To view and sign the family guestbook please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019

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Tamar Smallwood

February 5, 2019

Peg & Delma Welch

February 5, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. His leadership and commitment to York will never be forgotten.

Tamar Smallwood

February 5, 2019

Wm. Lee Smallwood remembered for 'life's calling and legacy' of leadership in York
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Tamar Smallwood

February 4, 2019

JOHN SHAFFRR

February 4, 2019

Lee was a badly needed healing presence in the York, Pennsylvania community in the wake of the civil disturbances that rocked the city in July 1969. He was not only an African -American leader, but a York community leader. The community that he positively impacted stretched beyond the city limits of York to the full metropolitan area. While one wished him well in his New Orleans retirement, he was keenly missed after his departure from York. His passing saddens all who work for the betterment of York. My condolences to his family who shared him with us for the last third of the twentieth century. Thank you, Lee for everything!

Tamar Smallwood

February 4, 2019

I have many memories of my Uncle Lee going out of his way to help me along in life. Taking me to doctor’s appointments, registering me into a new school, soliciting donations for my participation in the debantante’s ball, giving me advise on choosing a major in school, driving me back and forth to college, teaching me about money management, and giving me advise about buying my first home are just naming a few things my uncle did for me and did not count it as any kind of burden to do so. He is a man who I love, respect and admire. I shall be ever grateful for the many blessings and lessons he has bestowed upon me. Uncle Lee, rest peacefully, Tammy.

Shirley Miller Thompson

February 1, 2019

Rest in peace cousin... Love you all family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY