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Lester Small Jr.


Sunrise: December 23, 1972

Sunset: November 16, 2021

Lester Small Jr., 48, of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on November 16, 2021, after a long struggle with cancer.

Lester was born on December 23, 1972, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. His family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when he was a young boy. He attended and graduated from Roosevelt High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in Virginia and deployed many times on Navy aircraft carriers –The USS Theodore Roosevelt and The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. He made Virginia his home.

Lester married Rena White on July 30, 1993; they were married for 28 years.

He served 20 years in the military as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He received numerous awards and medals for his service, including the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

In 2011, he retired as Chief Petty Officer. Lester received several degrees, an A.S in Business Administration from Tidewater Community College, a B.S in Business from the University of Maryland, a B.S in Computer and Information Science from ECPI University, and a M.S in Cyber-Security from American Public University.

After retirement, Lester worked as an IT Specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency, Joint Service Provider Hampton Roads.

To many, he was known as “Uncle Les” and to his sisters and brothers; he was known as  “Boo Boo.” Lester was the patriarch of the family, a mentor, and a source of “straight-up” advice when you needed a heart-to-heart. He was known for his giving spirit and the wisdom he shared with those around him.

Lester is survived by his wife Rena Small; his children Lashawn (Jia’mall) Brickers of Virginia Beach, VA, Ryan White and Courtney (Monique) Small of Norfolk, VA and Jordan Berry of Des Moines, IA, 8 grandchildren, his siblings, Frieda Ross of Tampa, FL, Linda Rene Ross, John (Tracy) Ross, Danielle Bailey, and Alisha (Jacob) Ayler all of Des Moines, IA, his two sisters-in-law Doris Campbell of Norfolk, VA and Ashley Whitehurst of Virginia Beach, VA, his mother-in-law Rachel Goss of Norfolk, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Lester is preceded in death by his parents Rev. Lester Small Sr. and Portia Small, and his sister Brenda Jean Ross.

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    Darnell Robertson Sr. says

    Wow. Didn’t even know my little cuz was sick. Missed you the. And really gonna miss you now.
    Later Boo-boo.

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