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Shelia Marie Smalls, 61, of Port Wentworth, Georgia, died Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Ernestine Simmons James and the late Charles Grant. Shelia was of the Christian faith and a member of First Nazareth Avenue Missionary Baptist Church. She earned her Bachelor degree and was a registered nurse (RN). Shelia devoted her nursing career to caring for those under dialysis treatment. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, and making memories with her family and friends.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers.

Survivors include her daughter, Shalonna Rainey; her son, Shakir Mickel; two grandchildren, Savion Landon Mickel and Nova Marie Mickel; two brothers, Tommy Clark (Nanette Rivers) and Henry James (Latara); a sister, Stacie Polite; special niece, Janea Smalls, and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Sarah Williams and Pastor Joella Smith. Interment will be private.

Online Condolences

  1. Carolyn Heyward says:

    To Family,

    We, Savannah High School, Class of 1978, offer our Deepest and Heartfelt Sympathy to your Family in honor of our Beloved Classmate Sheila. We are saddened along with you in passing of your and our loved one. You Are Not Alone! A Comforter He Will Send, Keep the Faith. Trust in his Word. Healing Angels surround you. God is in Control.
    Always and Forever
    Savannah High School, 500 Washington Avenue
    Bluejacket 1978

  2. Brenda Spencer SHS C/Of 7T7 says:

    This is the one time I have been speechless. Shelia was a true friend and one of the best support systems, you could ask for. As I went through my journey with breast Cancer Sheila was the voice of reason she told me corny jokes and I laughed, knowing they weren’t funny. But, it kept me from crying… I would be in pain,and she would offer to help me remove my leg… (something else we laughed about). I will miss my friend.. To the SHS family I Love you!!!!

  3. Jacqueline Young says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. Mildred Washington says:

    I will miss your laughs and sense of humor. Thank you for being a second mom to my children and grand-children. You will always have a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences goes to her children, brothers, grands, nieces, nephews, and other family members. Rest in peace my dear friend!

  5. Doris Y Boggs says:

    Sheila’s Love for life and especially love for for her children, family and friends will be missed.

    Her joyfilled spirit will remain apart of us and her LIGHT will brightly shine to Guide her loved ones path.

    Appreciate you sis and grateful to have shared this universe with you!

  6. Tonya P. Felder says:

    I remember you growing up when you and my cousin Yvonne was thick as thieves. When you saw one, you saw the other. I was much younger but can remember the smile on you’ll face when you two were together. I will never forget that bright smile. RIP Shelia. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May the God of peace that surpasses all understanding keep your family during such a time.

  7. rosa lee Fields graham says:

    I remember when we play and laugh together and had lot of fun. We care for each other during our childhood times. The last time we were together was at Richard arnold class reunion and we had a great time with lots of our childhood friends. My heart is sad but you take your rest and we love you my friend forever in my heart and thoughts

  8. Rhonda A Holmes says:

    Shelia and I attended the same same Church as well as our familirs
    You will be missed. Rest in peace.

  9. Carolyn Clark says:

    Sheila work together at Landmark Hospital for a little while. But God she and I knew one another in elementary school(Gasden). When we first saw one another we were both spreechless because we haven’t seen each other in about 45 years. We laughed was awhile before talking. Anyway we worked good together she was a good nurse with a good sense of humor. I am so in disbelief that my old friend/coworker is gone. May God strengthen her family especially her children whom she spoke of often. And the love she had love them and she was a proud Gigi ❤️

  10. Lauire Hood says:

    Shelia and I went to high school together. I would run into her at home coming games and our children went to school together. She remain the same as she was in high school when I would run into her., Crazy as ever. She will truly be missed and I pray God will give her children and family the strength they need in this time of sorrow. Be Blessed

  11. Jackie Wright says:

    Sheila will be missed. Her and my sister were great friends. God bless the family . RIP Ms Smalls.

  12. Debra Daughtry says:

    Deepest Condolences to Sheila’s family, we worked together at Landmark Hospital, we made each other laugh at work. We both bragged about our children and grandchildren. Sheila will truly be missed. I pray God will give her children and family strength to endure this most difficult time in the loss of their loved one. I will cherish the wonderful times we shared at work. God Bless and I will continue to pray for Sheila’s family

  13. Karen Preer says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Shelia Smalls family and friends! Her presence is going to be missed. We worked together for years at Davita dialysis and she always kept me laughing, it never was a dull moment when she worked. I always told her that she should have been a “stand up comedian” because she always had something funny to say. She never called me by my first name, she always addressed me by my last name and we had another coworker with the same name as her’s and she immediately gave her a nickname so we could identify which Shelia we were referring to. There are so many memories that I could share but I am going to end by saying, God needed a special flower from His garden and he chose Shelia Smalls!

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