And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”
Public Visitation for Mr. Gregory M. Smalls is scheduled for Friday : December 11, 2020; 3:00-6:00 P.M. at the mortuary. The Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday December 12, 2020 @ Eleven O’clock in the morning of the grounds of the Wesley Grove United Methodist Church.
**Facial Masks and social distancing practices will be strictly enforced during the visitation and graveside services.**
On behalf of the family, we ask that you lift them in prayers as they prepare to celebrate and say farewell to whom they love.
Gregory McKeithen Smalls was born on March 21, 1964 in Walterboro, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Franklin Roosevelt and Lula Stephens Smalls. He transitioned this life on December 5, 2020 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina.
Gregory received his spiritual development at an early age from Wesley Grove United Methodist Church. Throughout his development, he served the church in many capacities such as President of the Nominating Committee, Assistant Chair of the Church Council and a member of the Board of Trustees.
He was educated in Colleton County Schools. During his years at Walterboro High School, Gregory was a talented athlete. He played varsity football, basketball, track and baseball. He especially excelled at baseball. Gregory continued that love of the game by playing baseball his first year at Clemson. Upon graduating in 1982, Gregory attended Clemson University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management in 1986.
After graduation, Gregory became a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Gregory continued his professional career by working in the financial services industry. For over fifteen years, Gregory worked for First Chicago and Bank One in the areas of Cash Management and Treasury Services Operations in Dallas, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina. Even though Gregory loved the banking industry, he decided to move to Columbia, South Carolina and started working at Maxim Communications Group and served as the Vice President and Comptroller for the company.
Gregory believed in service above self. He became a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity while at Clemson. Upon his return to Walterboro, Gregory became a member of Sunlight Masonic Lodge #221. He also served as a board member of the Colleton County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Gregory was preceded in death by his sister LaGayla Sonta Smalls Reed in 2011 and his father Franklin R. Smalls in 2018.
To cherish his loving memories, he is survived by his mother, Lula Stephens Smalls and his twin brother, David M. Smalls of Walterboro, South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Fred Reed; three cherished nieces, Imani, Karrington and Kinsley Reed all of Walterboro, South Carolina; two aunts, Mary Smalls of New York City and Francis Smalls of Raleigh, North Carolina; and a host of cousins, other relatives and dear friends.
The family of Gregory M. Smalls requests that memorial gifts be designated for the Kappa Lambda Memorial Scholarship at Clemson University. Memorial gifts can be made online (https://bit.ly/KappaLambdaScholarship) or mailed to Clemson University Foundation: Attention: L. Corrine Grant /Smalls Memorial Gift or donate online (https://bit.ly/KappaLambdaScholarship).
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