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Tolbert Smalls, Sr. Named Bishop Gadsden 2014 Employee of the Year
12/23/2014 2:55:00 PM

Tolbert Smalls, Sr. (middle) receiving the news after being named the 2014 Employee of the Year at Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community on James Island.
Charleston native Tolbert Smalls, Sr. was selected as the 2014 Bishop Gadsden Employee of the Year. He was one of twelve finalist that were nominated employee of the month awards throughout the year. The retirement facility employs over 350 workers.

Smalls has been working at the James Island retirement community since 2012. He works in the kitchen and other areas where he is needed to help get the job done.

He often lends a hand to his fellow co-workers which led to being recognized for the distinguished award. “I try to stay busy and get my work done quickly. If I see something that needs to be done, I go ahead and do it which makes everybody’s job easier,” Smalls said. “Sometimes my boss would tell me stop doing other people’s jobs. Usually I get my work done fast so I try to help others when I can. I would want them to do the same for me.”

Tolbert is a retired fireman of St. John’s Fire Department where he worked for 26 years. He graduated from Burke High School in 1977 where he was a member of the varsity football team as well as the varsity basketball team that won the AAAA State title in the 1975-76 season under coach John Wilford. He is a member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church (172 Smith Street, Charleston, SC) where he serves as an usher.

Smalls is the son of the late Simon & Marie Deas Smalls, both Charleston natives. He is married to Charleston Chronicle Editor Nanette French-Smalls and they have three children - LaShanta, Tolbert Jr. and Damion. He also has four grandchildren, Mia Sabb (5), Arrion Smalls (1), Tolbert (Tre) Smalls III (1) and Mikkel Sabb (9 months).


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Submitted By: Valerie Submitted: 12/25/2014
Job well done big T.

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