Former LHS principal, Supt. of Schools
LEBANON -- Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for for Mr. Felix H. Smallwood, 90, of Lebanon.
Former principal of Lebanon High School and former Wilson County Superintendent of Schools, he died Thursday, May 15, 2014, at his home.
Services were conducted by Rev. David Hesson and Rev. Mike Ripski . Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Born May 6, 1924, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he was the son of the late Richard and Ethel Bagwell Smallwood. Mr. Smallwood was a US Navy veteran serving during World War II, and was a graduate of the University of Alabama where he played baseball.
He was a career educator, serving as a teacher, coach, principal of Lebanon High from 1963-68, and was the Superintendent of Wilson County Schools from 1984-1988.
Following retirement from the school system, he worked for the City of Lebanon Police Department and Dell Computer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the University of Alabama Alumni Association, and the Wilson County Retired Teachers Association. He also was very active in many local civic organizations.
Survivors include: children Catherine S. Chinkers, Richard B. (Gina) Smallwood, and Charles T. Smallwood; as well as grandchildren Joseph, Sarah, and Miriam Chinkers, Layla and Anna Smallwood.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Betty Walls Smallwood on February 11, 2005; sister Ethel Thornton; and brothers Richard and Charles Smallwood.
Honorary pallbearers: Hunters Point Senior Scramble and the Wilson County Retired Teachers Association.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Wilson County Retired Teachers Association, or American Cancer Society.
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.