Funeral services for LeRoy Small will be held on Monday, July 21, 2003 at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. A. B. Leonard officiating. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, July 20, 2003 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
LeRoy Small left this earth on July 16, 2003. He died peacefully in his sleep. LeRoy was born on October 31, 1917 in Carlowville, Alabama, the eleventh child of Jasper Howard Small and Rebecca Susanna Breithaupt Small.
A son, David Henry Small, his parents and six sisters and five brothers preceded him in death. Mourning his death are his wife of 57 years, Clarice Wilkins Small; three sons, Richard LeRoy Small of Conroe, Tom Michael Small and wife Catherine of Pleasanton, California, and Douglas Wilkins Small of Conroe; two grandchildren, Jason Douglas Small of Galveston and Grace Meredith Small of Pleasanton, CA.; also a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronald and Carolyn Wilkins of Bryan; many nieces and nephews, including Phillip Wilkins of Bryan.
LeRoy was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a long time member of First United Methodist Church and the Beacon Class. In years past he had been a Sunday School teacher and a lay speaker for the Methodist Church. During World War II he served as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. During a time in the Philippines he was given a Field Commission by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Upon returning to Texas he became a member of the 49th Armored Division as a Captain and served there for several years. In recent years he enjoyed his friendship with many at The Gathering Place at First Methodist Church and those who lovingly cared for him at The Harbour at Hearthstone. The family also wishes to thank the nurses at Conroe Regional Hospital and Conroe Health Care Center.