Muriel Washington Smalley, 87, of Beaufort and mother of Dwayne Smalley entered into eternal rest at her home on Wedensday, April 9, 2014.
Viewing will be at the funeral home only. Viewing will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen Street, Beaufort, SC.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at the First African Baptist Church (FAB) 601 New Street, Beaufort, SC. 29902
Muriel Washington Smalley was born August 9, 1926 in Beaufort, South Carolina. She
was the youngest of four children born to Ida (White) and Samuel Washington. Her brother
Theodore (“Teddy”) and sisters Edith Freeman and Blondell Ransom preceded her in death.
She was a graduate of Robert Smalls High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree
from Wilberforce University and a Masters Degree from South Carolina State University.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to Roosevelt Smalley on May 1, 1959. Their union
was blessed with a loving son Dwayne Samuel.
At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and was baptized at First African Baptist Church
where she served as church treasurer, Restoration Chairperson of the church and member of the
She was employed as a laboratory technician at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, Illinois, a teacher
and the first principal at Robert Smalls Junior High school, Coordinator of Adult Education and
Administrator of Federal Projects for Beaufort County Schools.
She was a founding member of Beaufort Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. and a member of Mizpah Chapter #4 Order of the Eastern Star. In addition, she served on the
Historic Review Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, State Migrant Education Board, Beaufort
County Development Commission and several other boards.
After years of illness, she answered the call of her Savior at her home on Wednesday,
April 9, 2014.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory, a devoted son, Dwayne; two godchildren,
Tiffany Brown and Terry Williams; several nephews, and nieces, including one devoted niece,
Tammy (Steven) Robinson; several cousins; dear friends, Clara Beasley, Irene Carter, Carolyn
Dorsey, LaVerne Gayles, Hattie Ficklin, Etta Mann, Marge Prioleau and Alice Wright; three
“adopted” sons, Peter Dawson, John Dortch and Fred Washington.