Mary Joyce Lovelady Small


Services at the graveside for Mrs. Mary Joyce Lovelady Small, 83, of Kilgore will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, in the Hickory Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Small died on Monday, November 26, 2018, in Kilgore.

Mary was born November 12, 1935 in Kilgore to Perry Lovelady and Odessa Vaughn Lovelady. She attended Kilgore College and received her degree in nursing. She was a nurse for many years serving the communities of Henderson Hospital, Overton Hospital and Kilgore Nursing Center.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, husband Claude Small and sons David Michael Small and Timothy Wayne Small.

She is survived by her children, James “Butch” Small and wife Diane of Houma, Henry Eugene Small and wife Marilyn of Lindale, Curtis Small and wife Mary of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Joe Small of Longview, and Melba Hampton and husband Lee of Kilgore; daughter-in-law, Dana Small of Kilgore; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends whom she adored.

The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Wednesday, November 28, from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Mary’s honor to HeartsWay Hospice, 4351 McCann Rd., Longview, TX 75604.

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