March 29, 2007

(10/12/1957 3/23/2007)

Tony Dennis Small, 49, passed away at Twin Pines Adult Care Center, Kirksville, MO, on March 23, 2007.

A lifelong resident of Scotland County, MO, Tony was born October 12, 1957, son of Dennis O. Small, Jr. and Helen L. (Westhoff) Shoemaker, who resided on a farm near Rutledge, MO.

He attended elementary school in Rutledge, MO, then moved on to graduate from Scotland County R-I High School in Memphis, MO. Growing up he was involved in FFA, football, and several school functions.

An avid outdoorsman and sports fan, Tony enjoyed living the outdoor life the most. Turkey and deer hunting ranked among his favorites with fishing next. Baseball and billiards were his two favorite sports. He enjoyed staying involved with his children in their activities and spending as much free time with them as possible. He dearly loved his farm and taking part of all the wildlife surrounding it. He enjoyed weekends with his children, cooking on the grill, and watching sports and hunting on TV.

He is survived by his mother, Helen L. Shoemaker of Memphis, MO; two children, Tenneille Speer and husband, Kris of Rutledge, MO, and Brooks Small of Rutledge, MO; two grandchildren, Zander and Zayne Speer; grandmother, Leona Small of Clear View, IA, survives along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis O. Small, Jr., and stepmother, Ina Small; his sister, Terri D. (Small) Davis.

Mr. Small was a hard worker and devoted to each job. After graduating high school he was employed by Aylward Farms doing farm work and driving semis. From there he began working for Morgan Fertilizer in both Memphis and Edina, MO, spreading fertilizer. In 1995, he began driving a semi for the Wal-Mart Distribution center in Mt. Pleasant, IA, where he worked until 2000. He soon purchased Crosspointe Residential Care Facility in Edina, MO, from his father. He operated Crosspointe until his hospitalization in September of 2003.

In the summer of 2000, he built his new home on the family farm in Rutledge, MO, where he lived until his illness.

The family has suggested memorials to the family and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO 63555.

Funeral services were held March 28, 2007, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO, with Pastor Terry Lippstreu, officiating. Pallbearers were Charles M. Cook, Tom Ghnouly, Scott Templeton, Jim McBee, Mike Becraft, and Doug Mayer.

Internment was in the South Bethel Cemetery, rural Scotland County, MO. Arrangements were handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis.

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