Gayle Thomas Smalls was born January 4, 1941 in Corona Queens, New York and fell asleep June 19, 2017 at Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, DE. He was the fourth of six children (1 girl and 5 boys), all born into the union of Edward and Mildred Elizabeth Smalls. He Attended Franklin K lane high School and eventually made a living as a plumber.
Affectionately known as "Tom," he first laid eyes on Elizabeth Aiken at a Junior High School dance in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York in 1959 where "Liz" was enrolled. Keeping as eye on her over the next several years, their love found a way to blossom despite her mm never letting he leave the front stoop. In 1968 Tom joined Liz in taking in knowledge of the true God Jehovah. As a result, they both symbolized their dedication by water baptism at the same Circuit Assembly in November 1969. They were married March 19, 1970. To watch Tom and liz dance together was like watching poetry in motion. He could swing her around with his eyes closed - never missing to catch her on a spin, while she glided and beamed with joy. They were married for 47 years.
At his best Tom taught about his Almighty God Jehovah. Helping others come to know Him and realize their promised hope for a better future straight from the bible. All the while instilling in his children to see God's way as a "Protection not a Restriction." Tom was a highly skilled handball player, known for whipping people all over Brooklyn and beyond. He won tournaments, he sponsored tournaments, constantly telling us "Never take Your Eyes Off The Ball."
Oh and graduations.... ALWAYS at Junior's Restaurant, Downtown Brooklyn, NY. Urban Legend: when the restaurant burned down, Tom was recorded screaming. "SAVE THE CHEESECAKE." A wonderful father that would out his own needs aside to assist any one of his children with an issue, calmly leading you to a resolution using logic and love. We were biased and proud to call him THE BEST GRANDADDY EVER as he stepped-up to help raise the next generation of Smalls,' crowning his grandchildren with special individual nicknames.