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Donald “Donnie” Glenn Small, 75, of rural Rutledge, MO, passed away late Saturday evening, April 30, 2016, at the La Belle Manor Care Center, La Belle, MO. The son of Dennis O. Small Sr. and Orris Leona Sanders Small, he was born September 8, 1940, in Scotland County, MO.

He graduated from the Memphis High School with the class of 1957. He married Vada Pearl Tripp on May 5, 1960, and to this union four children were born; Danny, David, Doug, and Dianna.

In his earlier years, he worked road construction traveling to various states with his brother-in-law, Otis Perdew. Some projects include the construction of Highway 2 and Lake Rathbun in IA, making it well known that he was honored to release the first load of dirt to build the dam at Lake Rathbun in Centerville, IA. In the earlier 70’s he began his own business, well known for 40 years as D.G. Small Construction. He also owned his own real estate business known as NEMO Real Estate. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and raising cattle. He worked many long endless hours and days to provide for his family and always enjoyed the companionship of his rat-terrier “Butter Bean” by his side and his second dog “Pearl”.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vada Pearl Small; one brother Dennis Small Jr.; brother-in-law, Otis Perdew; nephew, Tony Small; and niece, Terri Small Davis.

He is survived by three sons, Danny Eugene Small and his wife Robin of Williamsburg, MI, David Glenn Small of Keosauqua, IA and Douglas Gale Small and Brenda Poe of Downing, MO; one daughter, Dianna Ranee Mullinix and her husband Daron of Greentop, MO; one step-daughter, Sandra Elliott of Tampa, FL; eleven grandchildren, Darin, Dane and Lexi Small, Charity Frizzell, Brandie Elliott, Karra, Hannah and James Small, Bethany, Brooke, and Destinee Mullinix; and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Kermit Small and his wife Karen of Baring, MO; one sister, Jeanette Perdew of Bedford, IA; along with nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Edinburg Cemetery Association and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating. Interment followed in the Edinburg Cemetery south of Memphis. Pallbearers were Fred Zimmerman, Eddie Bryant, Bob Dalton, George Owings, Clyde Skinner and Terry Skinner. Honorary pallbearers were Sterling Forrester, Curtis Perdew and James Small.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.