Ione S. Small, 90 of Leesburg, Florida, passed away April 2, 2018. She was born May 20, 1927 in Atlanta, GA to Albert and Annie Jackson Smith. Mrs. Small was a woman of great faith and devoted pastor’s wife, serving beside her husband in the ministry for 37 years. They moved to Leesburg from Lakeland in 1965 to Pastor Whitney Baptist Church and remained in the area until her death. Locally, she attended the First Missionary Baptist Church of Mascotte.
Survivors include: daughters Lynn Small, Susan (Robert) Newton and Rebecca (Louie) Griner, all of Leesburg; grandchildren: Shannon (Kirk) Roncone, Mindy (Calvin) Brooks, Rodney (Faith) Clark, and Mark Powell; 9 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, and her sister Crystal Cain of Madison, FL. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Rev. Rodney Small in 1998, daughter Margaret as well as her parents and 4 brothers.
A visitation will be held in the Chapel of Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg on Wednesday April 4, 2018 from 4 – 6 p.m. with a Graveside Service on Thursday, April 5, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Leesburg, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd, Tavares, FL 32778.