Official Obituary of

Dr. Donald Ray Small

June 26, 1947 ~ May 13, 2022 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Dr. Donald Small Obituary

DONALD RAY SMALL, SR, PH.D. was born on August 26, 1947 in Wilmington, North Carolina to William Thomas Small, Sr. and Lila Murphy Small. He was married to the former Mary Harrison (deceased). They were blessed with two children, Mi-
chelle Antoinette Small and Donald Ray Small, Jr.
A Life Well Spent....
Dr. Small was a 1965 graduate of Williston Senior High in Wilmington, NC where he excelled in academics, mechanical drawing, and earned distinction as a 200-meters sprinter on the 1965 State 4A Championship Track Team. He was a perennial all-star in city intramural baseball and briefly played semi-professional ball. Dr. Small earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1969, a Master of Arts Education Administration Degree from NCCU (1976) and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration (1978) from the University of Kansas. His doctoral examination scores were among the highest achieved by any applicant in university history. He is also a published author.
Community Service and Professional Affiliations....
Dr. Small was a trustee and active member of the Orangeburg Area Mental Health Board, the South Carolina Aviation and Phi Delta Kappa and Gamma Theta Upsilon Honorary Societies. His professional experience included many consultant/evaluator leadership positions. Notable among them were those in areas of learning technologies, a B.S. Degree Program in Emergency Management in South Carolina at Voorhees College, and as the grant writer for HBCU Law Enforcement Executives Association. Dr Small was a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC beginning in August of 1982. His focus was instruction for doctoral and masters students in Educational Statistics, Research Design, and Computer Package Programming (SPSS-X). He served on over 200 suc- cessful doctoral and masters thesis committees since 1982. His leadership included roles as Director and Principal Investigator for numerous funded projects. The National Summer Transportation Institute was guided by his research design as was the Uni- versity Transportation Center of South Carolina State University. Later, as an As- sociate Professor at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC, he taught educational statistics courses for students vying for doctoral and masters degrees. Dr. Small retired in August 2006 having compiled an impressive professional record of achievements that distinguished him among his contemporaries. He was a member of Andrew Chapel Baptist Church where he sang in the choir. During his leisure time Dr. Small enjoyed traveling, fishing, and seaside summer gatherings with family and friends in Wilmington, NC.
Dr. Donald Ray Small, Sr. entered into eternal rest on Friday, May 13, 2022. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother, William Thomas Small, Jr.
Those Who Remain....
He leaves to cherish his memory: a daughter, Michelle A. Small of Orangeburg, SC; a son, Donald Small Jr. of Orangeburg, SC; siblings, Major (Ret) Joseph L. (Thenia) Small of Orlando, FL, Velma S. (Richard) Hall of Mohave Valley, AZ, Major (Ret) Walter D. (Scarlett) Small of Washington, DC, and Julius A. (Linda) Small of Durham, NC. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, cousins and many relatives and friends

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Memorial Service
June 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Greater Orangeburg Funeral Home
1656 Joe S Jeffers’s Hwy
Orangeburg, SC 29115


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