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Bob Lee Small, of Fairfield Glade, passed away at Cumberland House on Sunday, June 12, 2016, with his wife, Kathy, at his side. Bob was born on July 3, 1925, in Nashville, IL, the first son of Gertrude and George Small. Bob joined the Navy in 1943, becoming a Seabee at the age of 17 and served in the Pacific through the end of WWII. He returned home to Nashville and married Charlotte Maxwell, with whom he had five sons.
During their early years together, they moved to Waterloo, IA, where Bob owned a Lincoln Mercury dealership. Later they moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where Bob managed and sold ice cream truck franchises. A few years after they moved to California, where Bob owned several major appliance stores. He retired from that at an early age to purchase and manage commercial properties.
Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons, Mark, George, Robert (wife Paula Jean) and Ross; stepchildren, Sean Linderoth (wife Amy) and Hilary Jordan (husband Tim); as well as grandchildren Brian Small (wife Kristen), Jeffery Small, Jonathan Small, Evan Small, Alexandria Gableman (husband Ricky), Charlotte Small, Quinn Small, Jon Gumz, Sydney Gumz, Lily Jordan, and sister-in-law, Doris Small. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Charlotte; brother, Billy; and son, Boyd.
Bob had always been active in community affairs and was a devoted member of the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club. Aside from family, he had great passions for golf, playing gin and poker, especially Texas Hold'Em, and ice cream. Bob's infectious smile and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be given in his memory to the Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary for Cumberland House (P.O. Box 1943 Fairfield Glade, TN 38558-1943) or the Salvation Army.
Published on June 18, 2016
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