Marion County Progress
Jan. 26, 1933
Self Inflicted Shotgun Wound In Heart Proves Fatal To Henry Little
Lifeless Body Of Man missing Wednesday Found In Cotton House
An inquisition summoned jury by Sheriff O. J. Foxworth to appear between justice of the peace Jeff White to investigate and report on the cause of the death of Henry Little, who was found in a cotton house on the
Hartfield farm, two miles northeast of Columbia late in the afternoon on Wednesday, reaching an agreement that the victim come to his death from a fatal gun shot wound in the left breast directly over the heart inflicted by himself with a single-barrel shotgun.
The disappearance of Mr. Little was discovered late Wednesday when his brother Luke went to the Little Market at Cook & Hammond Store in the north end of town to arrange for butchering a beef, and being informed that Mr. Little had not been at the market during the day.
Mr. Luke Little then went to the home of his brother on North Main street and being told there by Mrs. Henry Little that her husband left home at an early hour to go to his market, Mr. Luther immediately reported the disappearance of his brother to the sheriff's office, when an investigation was instituted, but without results, for the time.
Mr. Henry Little was seen before daylight passing through Main Street on his way to the market and was last seen by DeWitt Coker near the market, shortly after the noon hour G. W. Stringer, farmer residing two miles northeast of Columbia was passing through the Hartfield farm and saw what he believed to be an intoxicated man in the cotton house
which he reported to Ras Pittman, a neighbor farmer and dismissed the incident from his mind. About four o'clock in the afternoon Mr. Pittman had occasion to pass the cotton house on the Hartfield farm and incidentally looked into the building and saw a man lying on the floor as reported by Mr. Stringer, and entering the house, Mr.Pittman found the lifeless body of Mr. Little with an ugly wound in the breast
and a shotgun on the body. Mr. Pittman reported his find at the sheriffs office and officials and citizens proceeded to the scene and an inquest jury empanelled with the result stated.
The scene of the tragedy is a quarter of a mile from the neighborhood highway. It was stated that Mr. Little borrowed the gun the previous evening with the intention, it is reported going hunting the following day, and nothing was thought of the matter until the ghastly find on the Hartfield farm.
A thorough search of the body of the dead man revealed no clue that would lead to the rash act, which remains a mystery to the family, officials and friends.
Mr. Little came to Columbia more than twenty years ago from Crystal Springs and was, for a short time engaged in the trucking business.
Later he was employed as meat cutter in markets of Columbia at different times up to the time of his death.
Surviving members of his family are the wife, three small daughters and four brothers, two whom Luke and Warner Little reside here, and two sisters and a step-son Eugene Barnes of Columbia, and a step-daughter of Jackson.
Funeral services were held at the family home in North Main street at four o'clock Thursday afternoon the Rev. D. W. Nix, pastor of Bunker Hill Baptist Church officiating, followed by interment in Columbia Cemetery .
Obit submitted by; Shirley Fortenberry Ramshur
Alice Little Fortenberry
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