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Geneva E. Small


Sunrise: December 2, 1926

Sunset: August 27, 2019

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Geneva (Eva) Small was called home into eternal rest. Geneva was born on December 02, 1926, the eldest child of the late James and Matilda Harrell in  dgecombe, NC. Geneva was raised and educated in Tarboro, NC and later moved to Portsmouth, VA. She married the late George W. Small in June 1950 at Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth. Through this union she had four wonderful children. Geneva was a kind-hearted woman who loved her family.

Geneva accepted Christ at an early age. In the 1970s she became a member of New First Baptist Church-Taylorsville. She later joined Tabernacle Church, under the leadership of Bishop Marcus D. Brown Sr. Geneva loved the Lord and this was evident if you ever talked to her. Geneva had many hobbies. She often traveled all over the country with her family. Her love for
cooking led her to volunteer and later employ as a cook for the Salvation Army. One of her favorite hobbies was pier and party boat fishing. She went fishing well into her early eighties. She was employed at Star Ban Company for almost 20 years.

Geneva was predeceased by two sisters, Louise Hattie Howard and Dorothy Toler and one brother, James (Jimmy) Harrell.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, George W. Small Jr of Jacksonville, FL and James J.T Small (Karen) of Suffolk; two daughters, Cecilia Tilla Bailey (Joe) of Atlanta, GA and Vernita Annette Lassiter (Isiah) of Portsmouth; one sister, Mammie Gales of Boston, MA and one brother, James Harrell of Rocky Mount, NC; one brother-in-law, Clyde Toler of Portsmouth; nine
grandchildren, Sherry, Shawn, Tenika, Shawntay, Rayshaun, Tawana, Terrell, Isiah Jr., Kiona; eleven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, special family friends Geoffrey Jones and Ethel Broadnax, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Monday, September 2, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Family Receiving Friends Monday, September 2, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Corine A Banks says

    To: George W. Small
    From: Corine A. Banks
    God shall supply all your needs. Philippians 4:29
    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
    With Heartfelt Sympathy and Caring:
    I would like to join in sending you expressions of sympathy and love to encourage your heart in this hour of grief, caused by the passing of your mother. When my heart is saddened by the lost of Ms, Geneva, the courage that I truly need comes only from above. But may you find some comfort at this time you are going through. Just knowing my thoughts and prayers are always there with you. Jesus is a Waymaker and he will give you the strength that is needed at this time. Ms. Geneva has simply done what we all must do. Her death, however is not the end, it is the beginning of a new and wonderful life that is promised to those who know the Lord and will keep his commandments. I way to you lift up your head and look to Jesus: He will calm your spirit and help you realize that Ms. Geneva is much better off now, resting in his arms. My prayers are with you. May God bless you and carry you through these dark moments in your life. Put your trust in Him, he will answer your prayers. God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble Psalm 46:1
    Corine A. Banks

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    Denise (Harrell) Williams says

    George, JT, Tilla and Annette
    My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother Ms. Geneva. It is times like these, there’s so much we don’t understand, so all that’s really left is to hold tight to the One who does. I am praying His strength, care and love will be very evident to all of you doing this time of grief.

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    Betty Thompson says

    May God stand tall for you at this time of lost. May he keep and bless you always Betty Jean Williams Thompson

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    Mr. and Mrs. Tony R. Shannon Sr. says

    On behalf of the Shannon Family: Tina and Tony Shannon, we are extending our deepest sincerest condolences to the Small Family. We pray that God will give you all peace ad comfort during your time of bereavement. Always remember, “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”

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