Pecolia Doretha Billops (Small) affectionately known as “Pete” was born in
Wilmington, Delaware on March 23, 1945, to Andrew Fletcher Small, Sr. and
Sarah Pearl Small, who both preceded her in death.
Pecolia attended the Chester County School District, majoring in art, where she
received many honors. Pecolia started her career at Harlee Manor Rehabilitation
Facility in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and later chose to devote her life to raising
her six children.
In 1961 she married her childhood sweetheart, the late Wilmer William Billops, Jr.
From this union, six children were born, Lavenia Freeman, Darby, Pennsylvania,
Wilmer William Billops, III and Pamela Billops, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lisa
Coleman, Bear, Delaware, Chauncey Billops (Florence), Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania,
and Anthony Billops (Pamela) Chichester, Pennsylvania.
Pecolia leaves to cherish her memory 6 children, 24 grandchildren, (four of whom
preceded her in death), 41 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. She
is also survived by 3 loving sisters, Patricia Fowlkes and Anita Brown, West
Chester, Pennsylvania, and Karen Vonsay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 3 caring
brothers, Andrew Small, Jr., Darby, Pennsylvania, Reginald Hurt (Adrienne) and
Marlon Smith, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a host of nieces, nephews,
relatives, and friends.
Pecolia was a faithful member of Victory Christian Center where she was baptized
and a member of the Nifty Fifth Club.
Pecolia will be fondly remembered for the love she had for her family, both
blood-related and extended. She loved celebrating the holidays, enjoying the
time spent with her children and grandchildren. Pecolia (or Ms. Pete as she was
affectionately called throughout the neighborhood) was known as one of the
“Mothers” of Newlin Avenue and was loved and cherished by many