Remembering Pastor Thomas Small
A Man Called by God
Services of Final Celebration for the late Pastor Thomas Small will be held at the Evergreen Baptist Church of St. Maurice, LA Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 1:00 p. m. with burial following in the Churchâs Cemetery. A Wake Service will be celebrated at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church of Campti, LA Friday evening, May 7, 2010 at 7:00 p. m. under the direction of the Winnfield Funeral Home of Natchitoches. Arrangements may be viewed and condolences sent on line at www.winnfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas E. Small, affectionately called âMannâ by his parents and siblings was born the 2nd Child to Luther Burbank Small and Beatrice Williams Small in St. Maurice, Louisiana on September 18, 1948. Both of his loving parents and baby sister, Janie Ann, preceded him in death. He was the only son which made him very special among his sisters and his parents. Being born in September, the Virgo sign made him a very easy going, pleasant and loving personality. The Almighty God found favor in the kind tender nature of this man just as he found favor with Moses as well as the other prophets to proclaim gospel messages of deliverance and the receiving of salvation. What wonderful experience to be selected by God.
On Many occasions, Rev. Small talked about how wonderful it was to have heard the Gospel Message and to have accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the Evergreen Baptist Church in St. Maurice, Louisiana under the leadership of the late Rev. W.T. Wilson. After several revivals as a youngster, he stated that he became fully persuaded that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he died but resurrected. He said that he walked out on the good news of Jesus Christ and the promises of God and could not keep it to himself but told the community that he was indeed saved! He shared many times that in his growing years that he knew that the power of the Holy Spirit kept him in obedience to Godâs word even when he was not aware of Godâs plan for his life. He shared how the Holy Spirit guided and protected him while he served in the United States Army in 1967. During his formative years at Evergreen he was inspired by the traditional songs led by song leaders such as Mrs. Ellen Taylor, Mrs. Asaline Miles and Deacon Alison Glassâ¦.No Condemnation, Donât You Want to go and Hush Somebodyâs Calling Your Name.
His life as an earthen vessel used by God began in 1975 when he was ordained as a deacon at the Evergreen Baptist under the leadership the late Rev. Robert C. Williams. He diligently studied the word of God and became a great Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent. God continued to have a higher calling on his life due to his faithfulness and audibly said, âI want you to preach my wordâ. After refusing to hear the voice twice, he shared âHe finally got my attention on a Friday night in August 1983, the last night of Revivalâ. He accepted his calling to preach Godâs word that very night at the Evergreen Baptist Church. He was licensed by the Rev. R.C Williams and ordained by the ordination counsel/association led by Rev. Millard Hollingsworth two years later. He accepted Matt 28:19-20â¦Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Pastor Small worked faithfully with the Evergreen Baptist Church in many capacities including the youth Department, 3rd Sunday Preaching, Assisting Pastor Williams, Evangelizing the St. Maurice Community, House to House prayer meetings as well as helping to establish the St. Maurice Community Choir. Pastor Small was anointed with the gift of healing in his hands. In 1988, Pastor Small was called to the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church as Pastor and Under Shepard. He continued to be an anointed servant to his beloved community of St. Maurice, baptizing many and bringing comfort by Eulogizing the deceased. He was truly honored by his friends and family as a man truly called by God.
Rev. Small attended New Enterprise Elementary School where Rev. Millard Hollingsworth served as principal. Some of his teachers were Mrs. Doris Hollingsworth and his Godmother, the Late Mrs. Elnora Hoover. He later attended J.W. Gaines High School in Montgomery, Louisiana where he graduated in 1966. From all reports and indications, he was a bright and intelligent pupil with great potential. Instead of College, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In the Spring of 1967, he met his soul mate, Doris Ann Benjamin a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana. The courtship was brief due to his enlisting in the United States Army but he received his bride upon his return and they were wed in Holy Matrimony in February 1968. The two were inseparable. Upon seeing one, you most likely would see the other. They truly became into the unity of oneness in marriage, relationship, ministry work, secular work and professional experiences. He believed the word of God that says cleave to your wife and what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. To add to the Eldest Son Jonathan, he was blessed with three other sons, Luther, Reginald, and his baby Brian. He was the priest in his house and had rule over his family. Each son called him âmy daddyâ with great love, respect and admiration. He was a true provider for his family including being a financial supporter during his wifeâs pursuit of higher education. This pure love between this man and woman of God still exists unto death even more.
After the Army, he joined his father in the logging business until his fatherâs death in November of 1975. He was employed by the Winn Parish School Board for 15 years as a bus driver. The community families continued to love and admire him because he drove their children safely and without any problems He was appreciated for his kindness, patience, humor, and caring nature. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, He embarked upon many business endeavors that included a local grocery store which was the first African American owned store in St. Maurice, a barbeque restaurant, a fried chicken restaurant, and a social services agency.
He attended Northwestern State University where he studied Social Work as a profession; obtained a degree from Natchitoches Technical College in Clerical Accounting; Graduated from United Theological
Seminary in Monroe Louisiana-Natchitoches Campus with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Theology; Pursuit of his Doctorate from Andersonville Theological Baptist Seminary until a decline in health.
Rev. Small became a God parent to many over the years; Deacon Darrell Winder, Renita Glass Brown, Deatrice Carger, Roslyn Singleton and Sherelle Roberson. He also opened his heart and home as foster dad to Alfie Marie Goss-Smith. She later married and has three children; Marcus, Erica and Emanuel.
Pastor Thomas Small quietly went to sleep as he was rocked in the arms of his loving wife and his Elder Brother Jesus Christ. But on that great getting up morning he will wake up to that great trumpet sound- Oh what a day-
A treasure chest full of kindness, Love and a mind to please the Almighty God is left to his loving wife Dr. Doris Ann Small; four sons Jonathan (Renee, Jordan and Jackson) of Monroe, Luther (Bridget and three granddaughters..Lauren, Leah, Megan) of Rowlett, Texas; Reginald (beloved uncle to all) of Dallas, Texas, Brian(Lil Brian and Jaidyn and their mother Ayanna)of St. Maurice; two sisters Catherine Crew (Rouge) of St. Maurice, Gloria Brock (Alfred) of Winnfield, Louisiana; 7 Sisters-in-law; 8 Brothers in law; Devoted 1st Cousins; one paternal Aunt, Iva Richardson of San Francisco, and one maternal Aunt, Luvonia Gibbs of Dallas, Texas, The Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Family, a host of nephews, nieces, friends, brothers in the gospel and acquaintances.
Born: September 18, 1948
Death: April 30, 2010
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