The Citadel Class of 1970
From Harper- Morris Memorial Chapel- Pensacola, Florida
James H. "Jimmy" Little, Jr., died March 17, 2014, at age 66. His sister is Blair Little Stephenson. He is preceded in death by his parents, James H. (Duke) Little and Betty Little Hite. Survivors include his sister, Blair Little Stephenson, his remarkable friend, Cindy Merrill, and many other family members. A natural born leader, Jimmy graduated from the Citadel as Cadet Regimential Executive Officer. He was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.He joined the Army and attended Ranger School, then deployed to Alaska to serve as an Artic Ranger. Korea followed, where he was Company Commander as a 1st Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in 1974. His life became seriously derailed, and despite circumstances far from the best, he ultimately recovered, his old self surfacing: he was giving, had a great sense of humor, and was fun and personable, a magnet for rallying others. Sensitive to others, Jimmy had a warm heart and did his best to help those who were struggling. He conducted sessions on "right" thinking: how to conduct oneself and to recognize the connection of actions and consequences. He was a Certified Law Clerk for about 20 years until his death. He was humble, never touting his own accomplishments. His efforts to help others were most often revealed by the receipients of his actions. It became apparent that this behavior began long ago, and simply was ingrained in his being. It is not the circumstances of our lives, but how we CHOOSE to react to them, that will get us through. Acceptance of this tenent was a core principle for Jimmy. He never complained. He was easy to love. He and his sister shared an unusually strong bond; they wished all siblings could be so fortunate. He served his country honorably, was a good man and friend.
A Military Honors Service is slated for Monday, 24 March, 10:15 sharp, at Barrancas National Cemetery.
Editor's Note: Jimmy was a proud member of "E" Company, a Regimental Clerk, and The Regimental Sergeant Major before becoming Regimental Executive Officer our Senior year. A DMS, Junior Sword Drill, Bond Volunteers, Summerall Guards, Fine Arts Committee, Cadet Activities Committee, Chapel Usher, Denominational Group, Sunday Color Guard Commander, Senior Class Board of Directors, Presidential Advisory Committee, Army R.O.T.C. Scholarship, AUSA, Parachute Club, Ranger-Airborne Club, and Rod and Gun Club.