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Willie Smallwood, Jr.

Willie Howard Smallwood, Jr.


Hickory Tavern



On May 30, 2021, his father’s birthday, Willie Howard Smallwood, Jr., finished his earthly life and was called home by our Lord.


Born January 29, 1967, to Willie Howard and Barbara Ray Smallwood, Willie grew up in Hickory Tavern and enjoyed an idyllic childhood with ponies, go carts, Cub Scouts and baseball. 


Throughout his adult life, Willie struggled with addictions on many fronts and fought demons that far removed him from family and friends. We will seek and find peace in God’s gracious promise that forgiveness is available for all, even for the least of us. 


He leaves behind: his mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins to mourn him. He also leaves behind 5 children, that while he was unable to be a father to them, we are thankful he helped bring them into this world to be treasured.


The service will be private. 


The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 219 West Whitner Street, Anderson, SC 29624


Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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Just saw this, I had talked to Willie a few times through Facebook. My brother and I went to school with Willie. He was in cub scouts together with my brother. We all shared many a fun times at HT pool back in the early 80s. You will be missed. I will always remember our talks on Facebook messenger. Fly high sweetie sorry we didn't all get to meet back up like we had talked about.

Lea A lollis Jun 17 2021 12:00 AM

I didnt know this man but he looked very familiar. Addiction is a disease that once it gets a hold on you its very hard to stop and a lot of people dont understand this. Im glad Ive never or had a love one struggle with being an addict, but I do know many good people that would give you the shirt off their back turn into an addict. Some as much as they really want to give it up and want to be that person they once was some just dont have the inner strength to do it because its very hard to become clean and stay that way without lots of support and strength and some just dont have this or especially the strength. I just want to say I pray he knew and accepted God as his savior and is in heaven finally free of this horrible disease of addiction. Last and not trying to sound ugly and its not my business but I hate this was his last known words written as his obituary regardless that its the truth, but his final written statement of him could have definitely been worded a lot better and not this for the world to see because everyone that knew him Im sure knew all this. Im sorry if this offends anyone but I just could never let this be my family member or loved ones obituary. I dont know you Willie but I pray you are in the arms of Jesus and finally free from your addiction that took over your body and mind. Im sure hes hurt his family by being an addict but until you have been there we dont know their struggles and pain. RIP Willie you are now free. God bless.

Melissa Jun 8 2021 12:00 AM

I remember meeting Smallwood at my daddy's church, Labors of the Field in Anderson,SC, 29624. He went thru the rehab that my church has. He's actually been a good friend since I've met him. Fly High Smallwood, ur wit Carylin now. Both of y'all fly high until we meet again...

Ciji Hawkins Jun 6 2021 12:00 AM

Little Willie you will forever be in my heart as a cute little boy and oh those curls. As a young man you remained handsome and very kind to me. I think one of my fondest memories is when your daddy went to the arms of Jesus you came over to see me.. you consoled me with words I needed to hear and loved on me with compassion . Your love for us all will never be forgotten. Barbara Gemini and Ben and children we love you so very much and so thankful God has allowed us to be family!

Wendell & Carolyn Jun 4 2021 12:00 AM

Brian and Willie ran around together in High school and he was my band/class mate. He was always a big goof ball. Always smiling.. We will be praying for the family that God may comfort you all in days to come. God bless.

Brian and Shelly C Tippins

Shelly Tippins Jun 3 2021 12:00 AM

While I do not know your loved one or family......I do know that we serve a loving GOD who gives every opportunity for each of us to come to HIM. While as humans, we are guilty of looking at the outside of a man.....only GOD is capable of seeing deep inside our hearts. And HE alone knows the pain that we bear. And HE loves us beyond our comprehension. Just as we love our loved ones, regardless of their struggles and shortcomings.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, and may the FATHER of unconditional love, grant you each the peace and comfort that only HE can give.

GOD bless you,
Donnis Quinn

Donnis Quinn Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM

Even though we have only known your small family a very short time, you are one of the most incredible families that we know. You are a true selfless and self sacrificing sister and brother-in-law who has dedicated their life to raise such a beautiful family. We mourn with you today as you close another chapter of your life and encourage you to look forward to the beautiful story that is being written. May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you today and in the days to come. In His love, Kim Norris

Kim Norris Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM