of Jordan, AR
August 7, 2021
Melvin Allen Small, son of the late James Jasper and Evah Cunningham Small, was born on December 15, 1938 in Norfork, Arkansas. He departed this life on August 7, 2021 in Springfield, Missouri at the age of 82 years, 7 months, and 23 days.Melvin was a lifetime native of Baxter County. He graduated from Norfork High School in 1956. After graduation Melvin served his country with the US Navy during the Bay of Pigs Conflict, Cubin Missile Crisis and the Korean War.On January 5, 1960 he married the love of his life, Patsy Rand Small. They enjoyed 32 years together. After a lengthy career with NAEC, Melvin retired in 1990. Melvin enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, woodworking, fishing on Lake Norfork, White River and Norfork Rivers. Melvin married Joan Pauley in 2009. They enjoyed traveling with friends and serving the community. Melvin loved to serve others. He was always willing to help someone in need. Melvin served with the VFW Post 7330 and Hospice of the Ozarks, where he took great pride in celebrating and honoring veterans. He also served in his church and was an avid Norfork Panther fan.Melvin was a member of the Dolph Baptist Church.Melvin is survived by his wife Joan; four sons: Terry Small (Glenda) of Mountain Home, David Small (Tammy) of Etowah, Tennessee, Doug Small (Jami) of Mountain Home, and Mike Small of Shelbyville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren: Alicia, Kayla, Kristin, Ashton, Julie, Ryan, Dustin, Audrey and Jasper; nine great grandchildren: Brayden, Adelynn, Alyssa, Daxtyn, Marcus, Emery, Annabella, Jade, and Alexander; three sisters: Zelma Ray Johnson, Anna Fay Harrell, Mary Jane France all of Wynne, Arkansas, one step-daughter, Kimberly Williams (Ben) of Dallas, Texas, and three step-grandchildren. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and many good friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Patsy (Rand) Small, one brother, James Small, one sister, Zella Mae Davis and one granddaughter, Laiken Michelle Small.Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Mountain Home with Pastor Logan Holladay officiating. Burial will be at Hand/Halls Chapel Cemetery in Jordan, Arkansas with military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00 11:00 a.m. before the service. Pallbearers: Dale Anthony, Gary Arnold, Richard Hanson, Skip Layne, Lynds Rand, and Tommy Rand. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Hand Cemetery, c/o Lana Colley, 1989 Rodney Road, Jordan, AR 72519. Services will be lived streamed at www.facebook.com/firstbaptistmountainhome
Our deepest sympathies to all your family.Thoughts and prayers are with you now.Bill & Lyn Keaster
Melvin always had a smile he gave me a hug every time I saw him.He loved his family and was very proud of each one he was a great person a nice kind and sweet man so sorry for the loss .love you all Judy and Earnest Teegarden
Thinking of you during this time, Mike. Prayers for your family.
Sincerest condolences to the entire Small family from the entire Harris family on the loss of your dad. The Leamon Harris family could not have asked for better neighbors than the family of Melvin and Patsy Small and their four sons. The friendship goes back many, many years. Knowing they were going to see David and Doug was one of the many reasons Darren and Johnny loved to visit their Grandma and Grandpa Harris. They spent many happy hours with those boys roaming the roads and fields of Jordan, AR together enjoying their youth. Many prayers for strength and comfort for all of you during this difficult time. You are loved by many...
Move to Norfork just a few months ago. Meet Melvin and Joan a few days after moving into our new home. Melvin spoke to me about fishing and I asked about the lay of the land, he offered his help and advice then closed with I call you and will go fishing. Next I seen Melvin was picking me up after a short call to grab the pole we are going to the white river. A great day of fishing and the building of a Great relationship. The snow came and a knock at the door with Melvin and his son wanting to plow the drive. Who could ask for better neighbors. Last I seen Melvin I asked him if he would help the wife if she called due to me leaving the state for a couple weeks he said sure thing. Never got to say thank you for teaching me to be a better neighbor. Thank you Melvin and Joan for being the epitome of friendship and neighborly. Melvin you will be greatly missed.
There's not a lot of men in this world that I would put in the same category as my own Dad; however, Melvin Small certainly belongs to that special group of great men. He's a man of great strength, integrity, and strong Faith. You will be missed here on earth, but I look forward to seeing you again in a place where there is only love and goodness. Until we meet again!
We are so sorry for your loss. May the LORD give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. All our love and prayers.
Melvin was such a sweet kindhearted man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. I feel so honored and blessed to have known him. Love and prayers to the family.
Karen had the pleasure and awe of seeing Melvin and Joan pour out their talents at the Hospice House. They were such a wonderful presence sharing food and laughter as they worked at anything that needed doing. Karen didn't know their last name and we now see they headed the kind and precious Small family we know.Terry, Glenda and Julie we send our deepest sympathy.
So sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you all
I didn't know your Dad very well. I had only heard of him thru my children. Wanted to let you know we sat behind them at Brockwell, and he thoroughly enjoyed watching the program. We will have you all in our thoughts and prayers. Mellissa, Kenny, Justin, and Kerrie
So sorry for your loss, Melvin will be missed by all that knew him. My prayers are with the family.
My prayers and thoughts are with you today. Wish I could be there in person. Love all of you.
So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Melvin.
Condolences for The Small Family.Melvin had a heart of gold. His presence will be greatly missed.Continuing prayers for The Family.
so sorry to hear about Melvin haven't seen him in awhile but always enjoyed him and Joan joking around at ballgames my grandsons all liked him he teased them a lot at the games he will be missed my prayers are with all the family
We had we enjoyed spending time with Melvin and Joan for the last year and a half all the fishing trips and just setting around telling stores and laughing. We will sure miss you MelvinLoveJames and sheila Brinlee
Prayers to all. He was such a sweet man and will be missed. He was always a joy to see out there at Norfork ball games. My boys played and loved seeing him be such a big fan! Thoughts go out to you all.
Loved seeing him walk in smiling and making everyone feel welcome! He certainly did serve his God, his Country, his Community, his Church, his friends and his Family! Prayers for y'all at this difficult time.
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Mr. Melvin this past June. He was one of the kindest gentlemen I’ve ever met. He will be greatly missed and I sure hate I didn’t get to go fishing with him. Hopefully on the other side.
I'm very saddened to hear this news. Melvin was always the same, great smile and optimistic outlook. Although I didn't see him very often it was a pleasure when I did. We were schoolmates and fellow veterans. Prayers to the family and rest in peace my friend.
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family .
May the Lord calm your hearts during this difficult time. With heart felt thoughts and prayers being sent to all.
Our condolences go out to the Small family at this time, we will keep your family and loved ones in our prayers
To the Small Family sorry to hear of your lose
We lost a friend, but Heave gained another Saint! Till we meet again Mr. Melvin.....
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family. His smile was beautiful.
We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that the Lord will comfort and strengthen you all.♥️
My thoughts & prayers for all of your family. Melvin was a good person & he was very good to us & helpful when we were at the hospice house with my brother. He will truly be missed by many!
I will always be thankful to Melvin for the kindness he showed Daddy , Mildred and Mama. He was always there for them and always with a smile from his heart. When Mama was at Hospice house she would say " is it Tuesday" because she knew Joan and Melvin would be there to see her. He is a true example of a man showing God's love. Prayers and hugs for the family.
Joan and family - Mike and I were so sorry to hear about Melvin, he was a character and we enjoyed visiting and hearing his stories. I loved it when he came to the pharmacy as a hospice volunteer and spoke about how he would honor the veterans who were in the final stages of life. He was a blessing to so many and I know you will all miss him dearly, as will we! Our prayers are with you all, God Bless and keep your family. Mike and Tracey
So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for strength, peace & comfort for Joan & the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Melvin was such a wonderful friend to my grandmother, Sue Moody. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
David I'm so sorry for your loss all my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wanda Evans
Sending our deepest sympathies to the family. Mr. Melvin was such a kind hearted and wonderful man! May God give you all comfort and peace. God Bless!
This was one great man, I will always remember him from the days of high school running around with Doug and David he always treated me as one of the family.my thoughts and prayers our with the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. May God give all of you peace and comfort.
We are praying for all of you during this difficult time. I know he will be missed by so many people. Love to you all.
Melvin was a wonderful, caring man, would do anything for anyone. Im proud to be a relative of his. He is happy now with Jesus and family. Iv had covid real bad I dont want to bring it there. Love youMelvin!
Condolences to my Small family, we loved Melvin. Just connected with him 5 years ago. Felt like family from the start.. will miss him dearly.
So sorry for your loss, Melvin will be greatly missed.
He was a good man we are sure going to miss him and his laughter. So sorry to all the family for the loss of this great man. Prayers to the family.
Many prayers for the Small family. So sorry for your loss.
Joan & the Small family!We have all lost a dear person in our lives! Melvin & I were not blood brothers, but he was like a brother that I never had & could not have loved him more, we were brothers in Christ!May God show His mercy & grace to Melvin’s family during this time of loss! God Bless you! Warren
Condolences and prayers for all of the family
So very sorry for your loss, Condolences and prayers to the family. Melvin was such a wonderful man, and will be missed by many.
We are so sorry you had to lose your Dad. He was such a sweetheart. We always considered him family and Daddy and Mama loved him like he was their own, he was so good to them. I am so sorry we won’t be able to attend services but with my health issues afraid to get out. Please just know you attend in our prayers. Love you all.
You will be truly missed😭My heart is breaking😭😘😘
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s comfort for you and your family.
Terry, David, Doug and Mike,So sorry to hear of your sweet Daddy passing.He and your Mama was both wonderful good people! God is so good and I pray that each of you and all your family will feel the presence of God today and in the days ahead!Heaven got sweeter as Melvin finished his journey here with all of you and many friends! One day we will be with Melvin, Patsy and all that has gone on to sweet Beulah Land!I am lifting you all up in my prayers and have wonderful memories of each of you!❤Debbie Sutterfield Garrett
Melvin and I grew up together-from a early age our families were always together. He will be missed here for his family and friends. God needed him now.! My love to Joan and the family. Rhea Ducker:
Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to y’all. I will surely miss him.
Joan, we are so sorry and have wonderful memories of Melvin, prayers that God will comfort you and his boys.
Melvin was as fine a man as I’ve ever known. He retired from NAEC just as I was beginning my career. But we quickly became friends. The entire NAEC family mourns the loss of Melvin. I personally never saw Melvin without a laugh and a smile. We’ve talked a lot the past few weeks as he struggled with his health. And in those conversations he was the same Melvin…optimistic and full of laughter. He was a great friend. I’ll always cherish our friendship. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family and friends.
Much love and God's Blessings to all your family. Ms. Anna Floyd
I am so sad to hear the news of the loss of such a wonderful person. Mrs. Joan I will be praying for you and the rest of the family. Peace and grace, Donette
So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for all of you during this difficult time. May God bless you.
Melvin was a good man and he will be greatly missed!!!
Joan and family, our family is crushed to hear the news of Melvin's passing. He was a super friend to our family and always one to help whenever needed. Remember the pontoon birthday party we had with a boys boat and a girls boat! He was so helpful to us when we had our pontoon boat, checking on it and putting the additive in the gas tank. He taught our grands about running a trot line and fishing for crappie. We have lots of happy memories to sustain us and we will be praying for your family for comfort and strength. Love to all of you. Jo and family
So sorry to learn of Melvin's passing. Prayers for the family.
Love and prayers for Joan and the rest of the family. He will be greatly missed at Dolph Baptist Church.
Sorry for your loss. We will miss him. Jo Anne and Sonny Dukes
Sorry for the loss praying for family Melvin was a great man going to miss the talkes @ the basketball games
Sending much love and prayers to Joan and the family. He was an angel on earth. He was also the funniest angel.
Condolences and prayers for the family
We know it’s been a struggle the last few weeks. Now he is at peace.Take care
I'm so sorry to read this. He was a friend from school and also married my best friend from school. I know he will be missed!
We are so sorry to hear about Melvin. He will be missed.
In our thoughts and prayers,Phyllis, Alan, Paige, & Andrew Vickery
Thoughts and Prayers, God bless your family.
To the family & friends, very sorry for your loss
Melvin was a kind and giving man..He was loved by many and will be missed..Our prayer are with u all..
Prayers of peace and comfort to family.Attended Norfork High School with him in the 50’s.So sorry for your loss!Essie Woods Magness
So sorry for your loss.
Such a wonderful man! He influenced our lives for the better and was always a man anyone could count on. He will be missed! Love to the family
So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.
What a great man. He will be a greatly missed.Prayers for all the Small Family.