Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore, TX

Claude E. Small
July 8, 1930 - August 22, 2007
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Services for Claude Small, 77, of Kilgore will be ten a.m., Saturday, August 25, 2007 at Rader Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Riley Pippen, Reverend Vaun Henry and James “Butch” Small officiating.  Military honors will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Small died Wednesday, August 22, 2007 in a Longview hospital.


He was born January 8, 1930 in Pampa, Texas to Henry and Dora Small.  Mr. Small attended public school in Pampa and Borger, Texas. He served our country in the Army Air Corps between 1948 and 1951.  Mr. Small enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952 where he was a flight engineer.  In 1969 he retired as a Technical Sergeant.  Mr. Small was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans, Kilgore Chapter #21 and Highland Park Baptist Church.


Mr. Small is survived by his wife, Mary Small of Kilgore; five sons, James “Butch” Small and his wife, Diane of Houma, Louisiana, Henry “Gene” Small and his wife Marilyn of Lindale, Curtis Small and his wife Mary of Kilgore, Joe Small of Oklahoma City, Tim Small and his wife Dana of Kilgore; one daughter, Melba Hampton and her husband Lee of Kilgore; twenty grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one-great-great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.


Mr. Small was preceded in death by his parents, a son, David Michael Small, two brothers, James and George Small.


The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Friday evening between six and eight p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Kilgore Chapter #21, 505 Higginbotham, Kilgore, Texas 75662.

Claude E. Small
July 8, 1930 - August 22, 2007




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