Charles “Charlie” Henry Small

March 28, 1929 - November 9, 2017
Charles “Charlie” Henry Small


Charles “Charlie” Henry Small, age 88 of Wilmington, an avid Washington Redskins fan, passed away Thursday November 9, 2017.

Charlie was born in Easton, PA on March 28, 1929 and grew up in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

He was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving aboard a submarine and was discharged in 1950. He was a recipient of the WW II Victory Medal. He had a long career with Corning Inc., where he started out in Martinsburg, WV as an electrician and was promoted to the Maintenance Dept in Bluffton, IN. He later transferred to Corning, NY to the  Furnace and Related Construction Division where he and Margaret traveled the world building and repairing plant sites. He retired in 1991.

Charlie was a proud Mason and was a member of Robert White Lodge #67 AF&AM in Martinsburg, WV; a  32 degree Mason at Ft. Wayne Indiana Scottish Rite Bodies and the Mizpah Shrine Temple in Ft. Wayne Indiana where he was a member of the Legion of Honor. He was a member of the Elks Club in Bluffton, Indiana and the American Legion in Elmira, NY.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Henry Small, grandparents Lula Bell and Carl James Small, and a son, Steve Small.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 35 years Margaret Johnson Small; daughter in-law Karen Small; grandchildren, Corey Small and Aaron Small; his adopted son, Mike Shannon; along with lots of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

A special Thank-You to all of the staff on the 2nd Floor in the OPSU who treated us like family.  Especially Myra his Guardian Angel.  Also the staff that checked us in each week. Kyle and all the staff that took special care of Charlie in Radiology, and Steve, who knows why. Most of all a very special thanks to Dr. Todd Kornegay and staff for all of his special care and compassion during Charlie’s illness and all of the years before.

To honor the memory of Charlie a memorial gift can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Sudan Shrine Center, 403 E. Front St., New Bern, NC 28560.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.


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  • November 12, 2017
    Charlie Riggs says:
    Charlie was a great guy who worked hard selling Shrine Fish Fry tickets up until his health would not allow him .He will truly be missed by both his family and his many friends

  • November 12, 2017
    Jay Shackel says:
    Dear Mrs. Small, I was so saddened to hear about Mr. Small's passing. My buddy Charlie is now in a place where he suffers no more. You are an amazing wife who always showed such true love and compassion for your husband. May Charlie rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Jay Shackel (OPSU)

  • November 13, 2017
    Gene Gano lit a candle:
    Lit since November 13, 2017 at 11:06:46 PM

  • November 13, 2017
    Edward Bjorkland says:
    Ed and I were sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. We will miss his humor. Many great memories made on the road together.