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Billy Wayne Small: Loris

1939 – 2022

     Billy Wayne Small of Loris passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington. He was 83.

     Born April 16, 1939, in Loris, he was the son of the late Alton Charlie Small and the late Lillie Mae Ethridge Small.

     Mr. Small worked as a supervisor for Columbia Supply until his retirement and was a longtime active member of Dogwood Hill Baptist Church. Throughout the years he served his church and community in many capacities as a Deacon, operating the food bank at the church for over ten years with the help of his wife Jean, and helping his friends and neighbors whenever needed.

     Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Jean Gore Small; son Chrystle “Chris” Wayne Small and wife Julie of Jasper, Tennessee; a daughter, Felisa Small Norris and husband Ryan of Leland; six grandchildren, Josh Jones, Grayson Jones, Lillie Small, Gabe Small, Meagan Norris, and Keith Norris; three sisters, Betty Lou Birchmore-Woods and husband Brice of Florence, Joanne Shelley of Lexington, and Judy Johnson and husband David of Duncan.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Small was predeceased by his brother, Alton “Eddie” Edwin Small; and two sisters, Mary Frances Williamson and Donna Faye Shelley.

     A memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hardwick Memorial Chapel. Private committal services will be held at a later date.

     Family planned to receive friends during the hour preceding the service in the chapel.

     Memorials may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or online here.

     A guest register is available here.