Charles Daniel Smalls-Miles, Affectionately Known As "Bud", "Charlie", and "Cool Water" was born the fourth child to the late Benjamin and Eular Smalls on February 24, 1952 in Holly Hill, SC. He was educated in the local schools and attended Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. Many may not have known that Charles was a music major at Claflin and played many instruments. He was acknowledged and received many awards for his talent as a drummer. He was head drummer on Claflin University Band during his era- everybody knew "Cool Water". He played at many churches and community events. He loved playing the drums and was "good at it".
Charles worked at many different jobs, but he was best known for his painting talent. If you needed a painting job well done - you could always call him and he did an excellent job. Again, he loved it and was "good at it".
Charles received Christ and joined Union Hill Baptist Church, where he served faithfully. All you had to do was ask him, and he was willing to serve in whatever capacity needed.
Along with his parents and adopted parents, Charles was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Smalls and most recent death of five months, his sister, Rev. Eartha Smalls Davis.
Charles was married to the former Helena Johnson of Holly Hill, SC and although they were divorced, to that union, a beautiful son was born, Charles Rashaud. Charles and Helena remained close and were good friends. They both were proud parents. Those left to cherish his loving memories, because he was a loving, caring and just a good guy are his son, Rev. Charles Rashaud (Latashia C.) Miles of Holly Hill, SC; two grandsons, Mason R. Miles and Landon C. Miles; one brother, Prince (Dorothy) Smalls of Summerton, SC; one sister, Rose Marie Smalls of Charleston, SC; and one brother-in-law, Stover Lee Davis of Orangeburg, SC. Charles has a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and friends who loved him dearly.
He leaves leaves a very special uncle and aunt, Uncle Johnny (Bardie) and Aunt Jannie (Swing), that he held very near and dear to his heart. They cared for him as he was their own. He always would say he knew he was blessed to have had them in his life.
Charles will be missed by all who knew him. He would always give you that "smile"!
Family receiving friends at: 2264 Branchdale Highway; Holly Hill, SC 29059.