|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1886|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 1980|
Son of William Edgar Little and Allena Mae Manley.
Husband of Effie Gertrude Saunders.
Beloved father of Elsie Isabel, Leonidas Edgar "Lee", Rivers Chester "Pat", Ray Dale, Carl Clinton, Helen America, and Paul William Little.
Siblings were Eva C., Jesse Edward, Bennett Viska, Roy M., Georgia E., Ezra, Effie Elizabeth, and Cuba Ketchel Little.
My grandfather, Franklin Lorn Little, was the oldest of nine children. He grew up near Cheshire, Ohio, a small village on the banks of the Ohio River. As the son of a hard working coal miner, he went to work in the coal mines with his father at a very early age. For 46 years, he remained in the mines, working from early morning until late night alongside his father, brothers, uncles, cousins, and related families.
Descendants of Scot-Irish immigrants these men had the grit and determination of their forefathers who had left Ireland in the hopes of finding a better life for their children. They worked hard, prayed hard, loved hard, and at times drank hard. They were men who joined every war this country fought, and they were not defeated. They were loved and respected by those who knew them.
My mother said that no matter how hard times were, Granddad always made sure they had fresh oranges for Christmas. He had seven children and by the time the youngest was four, grandchildren were already moving into the house with them because of the early death of their father.
At the end of 46 years, Granddad left the mines, and worked 15 more years for the Republic Steel Co., Canton, Ohio. When he retired, he went back to the area where he had spent most of his life, free to go fishing on the riverbank, enjoy his church, family, and old friends. It is there that he is buried in the beautiful old cemetery of Gravel Hill among the many people he knew and loved.
"Your grandchildren miss you Granddad, all of us. I even miss hearing you say ‘Let the food stop your mouth child' at dinnertime. I always think of you when I add a little cottage cheese to my potatoes just as you did. I have your old round soup spoon.
Dad told me how you sat next to the old wooden radio listening to the news when he came to court Mom, and he was expected to sit with you while he waited.
Jo Faye said when she was little she would sit on your lap and play with your pocket watch until the day you couldn't find it and saw the string hanging out of her mouth. You just laughed and said ‘Girl, you can get anything in that mouth of yours can't you?'
Smitty misses you too. I know that he's proud to be the grandson who was named after you.
Wilma wants to hear more about the Orange Order and so does your great great grandson Tyler.
We're all still here Granddad, waiting until it's our turn to join you and Gammie. Until then, maybe you can get some peace and quiet with your favorite girl before we get there." Love you, Judy.
This memorial is sponsored by granddaughter Willi Anderson.
William Edgar Little (1864 - 1940)
Allena May Manley Little (1869 - 1957)
Effie Gertrude Saunders Little (1891 - 1966)*
Leonidas Edgar Little (1910 - 1985)*
Rivers Chester Little (1913 - 1984)*
Ray Dale Little (1916 - 1993)*
Carl Clinton Little (1918 - 1988)*
Helen America Little Righthouse (1921 - 1998)*
Paul William Little (1927 - 1976)*
Franklin Lorn Little (1886 - 1980)
Jesse Edward Little (1893 - 1952)*
Bennett Viska Little (1899 - 1969)*
Effie Elizabeth Little Smith (1905 - 1928)*
Cuba Ketchel Little (1911 - 1983)*
Gravel Hill Cemetery
Created by: Righthouse
Record added: Jun 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38875725