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Mr. James W. Little

November 29, 1911 - December 29, 1996

The Norman Transcript
December 30, 1996

James W. "J.W. Little, 85, Norman died Sunday, Dec. 29, in Norman.

Services are schedule for 1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Lavon Brown officiating and James Nelson assisting. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell, under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home.

He was born Nov. 29, 1911, in the Stealey community near Wayne, to Ira "Boss" and Lena Parker Little. He married Ruby Nelson on Aug. 25, 1936, and they were married for more than 60 years.

He graduated from Stealey Elementary School and Purcell High School. He received a B.S. degree from Oklahoma East Central State College, and an M.S. degree from Oklahoma A&M.; He was a retired school teacher, having taught in Norman Public Schools for many years. He was a member of the Oklahoma Education Association, the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association and the National Retired Teachers Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Norman.

Mr. Little was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Joe and Laurence Little.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of the home; daughters, LaVelle Walker and her husband, George, of Albuquerque, N.M. and LaVonne Sololmon of Irving, Texas; a brother, Ira Little Jr. and his wife, Aline, of Ada; sisters, Ola Wyatt of Purcell; and Ollie Helms and her husband, Ralph, of Kingston; grandchildren, Penni Doyle and her husband, Tom, Renee Harper and her husband, Walt, and Clark and Traci Solomon; great-grandchildren, Jimmy and Joe Harper; many cousins, nephews and nieces; and other relatives and friends.

Bearers will be Ronnie Little, Randy Little, Roland Little, Steve Little, Ira Little and Clark Solomon. Alternate bearers will be Jack Moore and Mike Horn. Honorary bearers will be the members of the Josh Lee Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

Sharing Memories of Mr. James W. Little
e-mail to Peggy Smith

Mr. Little was my next-door neighbor during my years at West. I still have vivid images of him doing yard work wearing this jungle pith helmet � reminded me of an African safari.

He always asked his students to come up to the front of the class and �get on The Spot� so we could read aloud or recite something.

�Do right� was his favorite saying, and he never let us forget the number �44��..good stuff!

~Mike Pitman~

44. For those who were in Mr. Little's English class, need I say anything more? He always told us that we couldn't forget anything and to prove it, he told us never to forget the number 44. And I still haven't. I'm reminded of it daily. Brian Bosworth's uniform number for the University of Oklahoma football team. Our current president, Barack Obama is the 44th president. I guess you were right, Mr. Little.

~Jane McPhail Harris, Class of 1970~




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