Franklin Anthony Smalls

April 8th, 1941 – January 24, 2021

Franklin Anthony Smalls was born on the 8th of April, 1941 in Harlem, New York to the late Robert and Ima Smalls.

Franklin had a great childhood with his two sisters, Ima and Phyllis, and almost twin brother, Robert Smalls. They were a year apart but born on the same day. While growing up, Franklin also lived in the Bronx and moved to Brooklyn where his mother and stepfather owned a grocery store on Atlantic Ave. By the time he was 17 years old, he decided to join the service. He was initially stationed in Virginia but thereafter was moved to Germany. His experiences in the service were extraordinary to him and he was proud to serve this country. He talked frequently about his experiences in the service and agreed it had a part to do with him being a gracious man.

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Franklin returned to Brooklyn, New York. That is when he met the love of his life Jackey. When he first saw her he asked his friends who is that girl. They confirmed that she was Jill and Tiny’s sister. He approached her at that soda shop and they were inseparable from thereon. Six years later they were married and lived the best life ever with each other. Meanwhile, Frank held several jobs and provided the best home for his wife. They had two children, Tara and Franklin. Being a father to his kids meant the world to him and he did everything in his power to make sure they had the best life. Franklin eventually retired from William Zinnser, Inc. as a Chemist in 2007. After retiring he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina which he loved and was so comfortable. He often stated that his life in the south was something that he wished he took advantage of a long time ago. Charlotte is where he was surrounded by a huge family that adored him. He was thee “UNCLE”.

Franklin was very and extremely knowledgeable about history and current events. You could ask him about anything and he would know the answer. His best hobbies were watching MS NBC and CNN to follow up with what was going on in this world. He had a love for collecting coins and made sure that his brother, son, and grandsons would do the same. He also loved seawater fishing which was something he did most of his life. But lastly, he had a love for children which he embraced while doing foster care. He impacted so many kids’ lives that came through his home that they still would call him grandpa and stayed in touch with him throughout the years.

On Sunday, the 24th of January, 2021 he transitioned to be with his wife which was something he was really looking forward to.

He is survived by his daughter Tara; son Franklin; daughter-in-law Tasha; grandsons Denim and Bryss; granddaughters Jazmine and Reign; brother Robert; sisters-in-law Edith, Jill, and Phyllis; brother-in-law Benjamin; nieces Rhonda, Crystal, Nikki, Tracey, Gina, Serena; nephews Ronald, Robert, Jimmy, Melvin and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A funeral service to honor Franklin’s life will be held on Sunday, the 31st of January, 2021 beginning at 1:30 PM in the Historic Morehead Street Chapel of Ellington Funeral Services, 727 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Notes of encouragement or condolences may be made to the family by posting a comment below.

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Rhonda Mansfield

1 month ago

I love you with all my heart my 2nd father/uncle. Your with the people you love dearly and I know your happy. The things you helped me through, the advice you’ve given me and always loved my boys and grands to death will never be forgotten #S.I.P UNCLE

Nadaline Sackiel

1 month ago

With much Love, I send my regards to the family! A great Man, Husband, Father, Uncle, etc. the list goes on. For me, an extended father, since grade school. Words cannot express how much you were and are appreciated! My Prayers and thoughts are with the immediate family! Blessings


1 month ago

I love you Wizza and Tara. Rest in Paradise MR. FRANK. 🙏🏾👑😇😔

Allen Watson

1 month ago

Uncle Frank, just want to Thank You for Allowing Me to become a Part of Your Wonderful Family. Words cannot express the Pain I feel right now, yet the Only Solace I have is You are No Longer in Any Pain, and that Aunt Jackie who has been waiting for You with Open Arms gets to See You Again. I have Always felt like your Oldest Son (Sorry Franklin), and Promise to look after Tara and Franklin in the same Manner You did (Protectively). I will Miss Our Talks, but more Importantly that Strong Quiet Presence You Always Exhibited. May You Rest In Peace/Power, and give Aunt Jackie a Big Hug and a Kiss from Me!! Love You Always,



1 month ago

Uncle to have you in my life was a GREAT blessing to me. A piece of me went with you on Sunday. The PRECIOUS memories will always make me smile. You always meant so much to me. You will forever be in my heart. When we talked on the phone I never said goodbye just I love you. Not saying goodbye now. See you later!! Until we meet again!!

Erin Marks

1 month ago

Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the family.

Marsha Davis

1 month ago

Thank you for being so special, so different. A strong, loving, kind and knowledgeable man. A good Husband and Father who shared his love with others willingly. Until I met you I had never seen a black man who was happy, content, in love with his wife, his kids and his family. You were the best representation of a Father. I love you Uncle Frank and I am honored to have had the chance to have these lessons instilled in me by you. You are the Father, the Husband and the Uncle that all people wish and dream of. Simply One Of the BEST.

Curtis Wade

1 month ago

Me and my brother never called him Uncle Frank we jus called him Uncle & He called me #Smurffin and Rody was #Smuffin can’t make that up lol. We Luv u always forever and a Day


1 month ago

Crystal is my best friend.I had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Frank,he had a gentle spirit. May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth. May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints welcome you now that you have gone forth from this life. May Christ who was crucified for you, bring you freedom and peace. May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise.

Geri Washington

4 weeks ago

Tara & Franklin your father was a loving father husband and friend He paved a strong foundation for each of you that you are following I am sure he is very proud of you. I know it is hard right now but he is always their with you still guiding loving u Think of all the good times and it would put a smile on your face. I would like to leave this He may be absent from the body but he is in the present of our Lord.
I lovingly summit this to the family Geri

Darin Jackson

4 weeks ago

Do you have my deepest condolences uncle Frank was a great man he always made me feel welcome. Albany days always cool and collective from the time I met them all on his memories.

Rhonda Mansfield

4 weeks ago

Love you Uncle with all my heart. You were like a second dad to me. You Always gave me wisdom and always looked out for me as if I was one of yours. I’m truly heartbroken S.I.P

Michelle Byrd Williams

4 weeks ago

To the smalls family; you are in our have our sincere the William’s family

Lauren Tompkins

4 weeks ago

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim, and believe that God is behind us in case we fall. My deepest condolences to the family.

James Bowman

4 weeks ago

I love you quiet storm Frank.
I will miss you.

Lynette Roman

4 weeks ago

Tara, Franklin, family and loved ones,
I am praying God’s peace and strength for all of you. In the short time I knew your Dad, he had a peaceful spirit and was extremely kind…a good man/person. The world needs more like him. May his legacy continue on through each of you and all who’s life be touched. Love and Blessings to you. ~ Sincerely, Lynette


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