Joe E. Little

KELL — Joe E. Little, 88, of Kell, passed away Friday, November 17, 2017 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

He was born June 18, 1929 in Morrilton, Arkansas, son of Herbert David Little and Nina Mae (Smith) Little. He married Jeraldine Folk on August 6, 1949 and she survives.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is also survived by seven children: Cliff Little and wife Pam of Humboldt, TN, Brad Little and wife Barb of Woodlawn, Donna Aaron of Kell, Val Heinzmann and husband Roger of Walnut Hill, Angie Wilkinson of Centralia, James Little and wife Bobbie of Salem, and Paula Reed of Kell; 43 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters: Louise Gholson of Texas, Jess Little of Champaign, and Carol Griffin of Kell; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Herbert David Little and Nina Mae Smith Little, six brothers: Robert Little, Herbert Little, Jr., Herman Little, Clarence Little, Cecil “Bud” Little, and Johnny Little, two sisters: Mildred Stanley and Frances Mount.

Joe lived in Illinois since 1943. He was a truck driver for over 35 years. Joe was a devoted husband to Jeraldine for 68 years. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather.

Services for Joe E. Little will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 19, 2017 at L.R. Osborn and Son Funeral Home in Kell with Pastor Jonathan Schnautz officiating.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Centralia Humane Society and will be accepted at the L.R. Osborn and Son Funeral Home in Kell, which is assisting the family with arrangements.