James Bryan ‘Jim’ Smallwood, 77

Date Published: 
Jan. 12, 2018

James Bryan “Jim” Smallwood, 77, of Millsboro, Del., passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in his home on Jan. 2, 2018. He had been diagnosed with metastatic small-cell lung cancer less than three weeks prior. He was born Nov. 2, 1940, to Elmer Smallwood and Elsie (Bryan) Smallwood in Wilmington, Del.

Smallwood was married to his best friend and love of his life, Phyllis (Boulden) Smallwood on Oct. 20, 1961. He had graduated from Henry C. Conrad High School in 1958. He then completed his apprenticeship with the National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee for the Electrical Industry in 1966. Prior to beginning his career with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 313, he was proud to have served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

Smallwood was a Mason with Delaware Lodge #37 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge for 36 years. He served as worshipful master in 1988 and 1990. He was a longtime member and former rescue captain of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company. Although he loved serving both, he found traveling was his passion. He and Phyllis ended up selling their home and traveling fulltime for more than 20 years in their motorhome, visiting the contiguous 48 states more than once, with Utah being his favorite.

Smallwood was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Smallwood and Elsie (Bryan) Smallwood; a brother, Ronald Smallwood; and a son-in-law, William James “Jimmy” Saunders. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Phyllis Elaine (Boulden) Smallwood; his daughters, Keri Bradford and Phyllis Saunders, both of Millsboro; his grandchildren, Robert Bradford Jr. of Seaford, Del., Bryan Jones (and Maggie White) of Millsboro, and Kelly Bradford and (Mike Campbell) of Dagsboro; his brothers, “the twins,” William Smallwood and his wife, Janice, and Charles Smallwood and his wife, Delores; his “fur babies,” Taco and Buddy; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Smallwood’s life for family and friends will take place Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Irish Eyes, 213 Anglers Road, Lewes, Del. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Delaware Hospice Center; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com