Beverlyn “Lynn” McDonald Smalls was born on January 29, 1965 to Henry McDonald and Ruth Bennett McDonald. She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at the tender age of fifty-five.
Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, 3824 Coolers Dairy Road, Round O, South Carolina. Reverend Darryl L. Lee, Pastor and Reverend Dr. Ephriam D. Stephens, Eulogist. A visitation will be held Friday, November 27, 2020 at Stephens-Maree-Tracy Funeral Home from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
(Those attending Graveside Service are Required to wear a Facial Mask, and Social Distancing will be enforced.)
Lynn was raised in Round O, South Carolina where she was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church. She was an active member of the Sunday school and YPD choir. She attended Walterboro High School and furthered her education at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg South Carolina. Her career path included employment at the South Carolina Department of Corrections for almost two decades where she served in various capacities. She was employed at Comfort Home Health Care, in Orangeburg, South Carolina and MCI, in Savannah Georgia. Her employment history spoke for her passion to help and advocate to others. Every task completed was done so purposefully with total dedication.
Lynn was joined in holy matrimony on July 3, 1986 to SFC Ricky Smalls (Retired) from the United States Army. To this union, one son was born.
Lynn was best described as a vivacious, funny, carefree, caring, meticulous, innovative, intelligent woman and an avid animal lover. She also enjoyed baking, sewing, and various others forms of creative expressions. She was well known for her sense of organization, if you asked her to help you clean and/or organize anything, you could consider it done to the highest degree of excellence. Lynn would have everything from a band-aid to a pair of scissors in her purse.
There are not enough words to express the amount of loss and heartache that is felt by all with the sudden passing of Beverlyn. She always exhibited a keen sense of fashion; another means of expression of who she was and always unapologetic of herself. Her hair was her crown, and always exquisitely done. She sported many looks from long tresses to natural to a plum textured afro. Her many nieces and nephews will miss chats with ‘Aunt Lynn ’from current fashion trends to life’s many challenging lessons. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. She especially cherished her role as a grandmother, “Glam-Ma” to her two beautiful grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ruth Bennett McDonald and her brothers, Henry Gadsden of Walterboro, South Carolina and Jimmy Givens of Savannah, Georgia.
Beverlyn leaves to cherish her memory, her only son, Quinton Gerod Smalls, of Charleston South Carolina; Grandsons, Kahliek Smalls, of Charleston, West Virginia and Ayden Smalls of Summerville, South Carolina; three aunts that have nurtured and supported her throughout her entire life, Elretha (Henry) Smith of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Channie Bell (James) Crockett of Lancaster, South Carolina and Olivia McDonald of Round, O South Carolina; Cousins whom she grew up with: McDonalds –Redell, John, Deborah, Gregory, Pamela, John John, Crockets –Bellenia, Mryna; Siblings,Vernecia Givens of Erhardt, South Carolina, Bobby Priester of Bamberg, South Carolina, Patricia (Tonnie) Barnes of Fayetteville North Carolina, Kathy (Fred) Thompson of Orangeburg, South Carolina, Marilyn Michelle Murdaugh of Bamberg, South Carolina; one uncle Murphy Coleman of Suffolk, Virginia; Best Friend and sister-in-law, Georgia Givens of Savannah Georgia, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Beverlyn McDonald Smalls will be most certainly missed by everyone that knew and loved her and had the chance to interact with her infectious spirit.
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