Beverly Markham Small

Published 4:49 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Beverly Markham Small, of Elizabeth City, died at home on March 7, 2020.  She was born on April 3, 1928 to Frederick Pendleton Markham Jr. and Goldie Lister Markham.

Beverly graduated from Elizabeth City High School and Duke University, a member of the Duke Class of 1949. She was a member of Newbegun United Methodist Church, attended Annual Conference for many years, taught many Sunday School classes and was an active member of United Methodist Women until the end of her life.

She served on the Boards of Trustees of North Carolina Wesleyan College and Duke University Divinity School, and on the Elizabeth City – Pasquotank Board of Education.

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She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty five years, Gaston E. Small Jr., her parents and brothers Elisha Lister Markham and Fred P. Markham III.

Surviving are children G. Elvin Small III (Wendy), F. Mark Small (Stacy) and Anita S. Oldham (Kirk); grandchildren Gaston E. Small IV, Sarah S. Crosby, Andrew C. P. Small, Garrett P. Small, Matthew M. Small, Natalie B. Small, Susannah A. Small, R. E. Aiken Small, Ashley L. Oldham and Jessie R. Oldham; and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at Newbegun United Methodist Church on March 14 at 2 p.m., officiated by the Reverend Doctor Kirk Oldham and the Reverend Doctor Roger Braun. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Beverly’s memory be made to Duke Children’s Hospital, 300 West Morgan Street, Suite 1200, Durham, NC  27701. Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City is serving the Small family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at