OBITUARY

Joe "Red" Curtis Little

May 31, 1931January 7, 2021
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Joe Curtis Little, known to many as “Red”, age 89, of Douglasville, Georgia passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021. A native of Georgia, Curtis was born May 31, 1931 in Dallas, Georgia. He was married to the love of his life, Martha Anne (Williams) Little from June 16, 1949 until her passing on February 7, 2018. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He served his home of Douglas County for many years retiring as the Director of Douglas County Emergency Management Services. Curtis was a member of Midway Methodist Church and also attended Liberty Baptist Church.

Curtis played an integral role within the county youth sports programs. He was one of the men who began the Beulah Ruritan Club and served many years in different supporting roles. Furthermore, he was a founding member of the Beulah Little League team. Curtis was an avid supporter of youth baseball and football in the county. You could find Curtis on Friday nights dragging the chains at the Douglas County High School Tiger games. He always enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play a variety of sports.

Curtis was given the acknowledgement of not only a ball field in his honor, but was also awarded a plaque that he displayed proudly in his home as a Georgia High School Honorary Coach.

In addition to his beloved wife, Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Bernice (Beavers) Little; his brother, Jesse Junior Little; his sister, Margie (Lambert) Little; and a grandson, Corey Little.

Those left to cherish his memory are son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Dottie Little; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy (Little) and Michael Hembree; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Wanda Little; son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Jennifer Little; grandchildren, Becky (Scott) Lee, Brian Little, Angela (Steve) Beatty, Kelly (Great) Moore, Randal Hipps, Jaimie (Cameron) Shaw, Nickolas (Hailey) Little, Ryan Robinson, Adam Little and Sarah Little; ten great-grandchildren, Bennett, Brennen, Braylin, Callie, Joshua, Cooper, Jackson, Abbie, Sam, Ben, Corey Ann, and Lily; his sister, Genell Bryant; a host of nieces and nephews, other loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Rosehaven Chapel with Rev. Terry "Yogi" Marbut officiating. A private family interment will follow the funeral service at Rosehaven Memorial Park. Serving as Pallbearers are Brian Little, Steven Beatty, Ryan Robinson, Randal Hipps, Nickolas Little, and Scott Lee. Adam Little will serve as an Honorary Pallbearer.

While guests are welcome, due to Covid-19 protocols and limited seating in the Chapel, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/RosehavenMemorial/

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Curtis Little and his grandson, Corey Little to the Wingman Foundation, https://www.wingmanfoundation.org/

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Curtis Little by visiting www.whitleygarner.com

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134

  • FAMILY

  • Wayne Little (Dottie), Son
  • Kathy (Little) Hembree (Michael), Daughter
  • Tim Little (Wanda), Son
  • Darren Little (Jennifer), Son
  • Becky Lee (Scott), Grandchild
  • Brian Little, Grandchild
  • Angela Beatty (Steve), Grandchild
  • Kelly Moore (Great), Grandchild
  • Randal Hipps, Grandchild
  • Jaimie Shaw (Cameron), Grandchild
  • Nickolas Little (Hailey), Grandchild
  • Ryan Robinson, Grandchild
  • Adam Little, Grandchild
  • Sarah Little, Grandchild
  • Genell Bryant, Sister
  • Curtis also leaves behind his 10 great-grandchildren, Bennett, Brennen, Braylin, Callie, Joshua, Cooper, Jackson, Abbie, Sam, Ben, Corey Ann, and Lily; and numerous other loved ones, family, and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Little, Pallbearer
  • Steven Beatty, Pallbearer
  • Ryan Robinson, Pallbearer
  • Randal Hipps, Pallbearer
  • Nickolas Little, Pallbearer
  • Scott Lee, Pallbearer
  • Adam Little, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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Kurtis Lynn

January 15, 2021

To the family prayers for each and every one. I worked with Curtis several years. I’m so sorry I just found out about his passing. He will be missed by many. RIP my friend till we meet again. You left a great mark on our little spot on this earth.

Scott Williams

January 12, 2021

Uncle Curtis or Red as dad called you, I will miss you and am glad to know I'll see you again with Aunt Martha Ann one day again in Heaven for ever, no more pain or tears.
I'll say you were without a doubt the pesky avid Tech fan through and through, I was telling my wife about the many Thanksgiving get-togethers seemingly always at the Little' house and we would argue the Ga/GT rivalry with one another and Uncle Lowell who would join in and throw in the SC team for added fun. I was always proud to see you when I went to the football games to see you on the sideline moving the chains and would brag "that's my uncle". I think he would be laughing that I had to listen to the Tech fight song one more time for him haha.

To my sweet cousins-Wayne/Dottie, Tim/Wanda, Kathy/Michael, and Darren/Jennifer and all my seconds and thirds I'm sorry we couldn't attend as we are currently in quarantine due to contact tracing because of a friends diagnosis. I love you all and hate I couldn't see you in person.

Britt Worthan

January 12, 2021

I can’t count the times I heard, “Worthan! I’m watching you, and I know your kin- folks” always followed by “ I’m just kidding son”
Curtis was a big part of my career in the fire service and a great friend of the Worthan family. I will miss him.
Wayne my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family

Carrie Timms

January 11, 2021

My condolences for the family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Little in May of 2019. I spoke with him almost daily. His stories of family and past work were stories of love and passion. He spoke often of his beloved Martha. His children and grandchildren were his heart. I questioned his whereabouts if I missed seeing him for more than a day, as he did me. He was so generous and forthcoming with his wit and his desire of certain things being done a certain way. He even asked me to make him 2 pans of dressing for Thanksgiving that year so that he would have plenty for his family. I gladly obliged him. I loved listening to his stories and even shed a few tears with him a time or two. He will be deeply missed by myself and so many others. He definitely has a place in my heart. Rest easy Mr. Little. May God bless your family.

SAM NEWMAN

January 11, 2021

We at Midway United Methodist will miss Cutis greatly. He has been an active member for many years and brought loyalty, humor, and leadership for our congregation. His obedience to God and discipleship to others was always consistent with the love Jesus asked us to share with others.
We offer his family our heart-felt sympathy, respect, and condolences. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Dr. Sam Newman, Pastor, Midway United Methodist Church

Russell Bailey

January 11, 2021

My father-in-law (Melvin Henry) was a peculiar man. He didn't trust just anybody. Mr. Curtis was one on his best friends. They didn't acknowledge their color differences, and that was quite uncommon to people of their age bracket in the south. Rest easy sir. You've left some huge tracks that your family should be proud of...I'll never forget you...

Steve Truitt

January 11, 2021

Wayne, Kathy, Tim, and Darren, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I have such good memories of Mr. Little at Beulah, and it was always a joy to be around him. I never had the heart to call him Red or Curtis, even as an adult, to me he was always...... Mr. Little. He also made one of the best corn dogs in the world at the Beulah Ruritan concession stand. He was one of a kind, and I'm sure he will be missed by so many people.

Greg Whitaker

January 11, 2021

I had the privilege of sharing an office with Curtis for a decade. During that time we survived hurricane Opal, the Olympics, many weather events and Y2K. Curtis had a servants heart and it was evident watching him everyday. Any job or task within Douglas County that didn't fit into a category or department always got handed to Curtis to fix. He did this everyday (along with EMA) and he was determined to always help those who had run out of resources even if it came out of his own pocket. He helped me with a situation involving my infant daughter in the early 90s, he never hesitated when called and I will always remember and be grateful to him. YOU COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON CURTIS, he would always be there for me and my department (E-911). He was a role model and example for all of us to follow and we are better people for knowing him. I am thankful that god let our paths cross in this life. There will never be another Curtis Little, he will be missed. Thank You Curtis for letting us watch you knock it out of the park.

Greg Whitaker Douglas County E-911 January 11th 2021

Huston Mary

January 11, 2021

Curtis was a loving man never failing to give me the biggest hug every time I seen him. Curtis and my dad worked together for many many years. Last time I seen Curtis was a Wellstar Douglas and he gave me that big smile ask about daddy and the loving warm hug that was always given when we meet. Gone but never forgotten a wonderful man. Prayers for the family and healing for the days ahead.

Annette (Watkins) Branson

January 10, 2021

We grew up in the same neighborhood. I remember Mr. Little being my brother Mark’s baseball coach. I think he was also instrumental in coaching him in football before Sam & Hank were involved.
Mr. Little exemplified, in all that he did, his unselfish and true heart for service. He was always genuine, dedicated, and loyal to God, Family, and his community including volunteerism, and much public & civil service. My mother, Mary Watkins, also sends her heartfelt condolences to the Little family. We appreciate all that Red did for the good of others and know he will be missed.

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Biography

Joe Curtis Little, known to many as “Red”, age 89, of Douglasville, Georgia passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021. A native of Georgia, Curtis was born May 31, 1931 in Dallas, Georgia. He was married to the love of his life, Martha Anne (Williams) Little from June 16, 1949 until her passing on February 7, 2018. He was a loving and devoted husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He served his home of Douglas County for many years retiring as the Director of Douglas County Emergency Management Services. Curtis was a member of Midway Methodist Church and also attended Liberty Baptist Church.

Curtis played an integral role within the county youth sports programs. He was one of the men who began the Beulah Ruritan Club and served many years in different supporting roles. Furthermore, he was a founding member of the Beulah Little League team. Curtis was an avid supporter of youth baseball and football in the county. You could find Curtis on Friday nights dragging the chains at the Douglas County High School Tiger games. He always enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play a variety of sports.

Curtis was given the acknowledgement of not only a ball field in his honor, but was also awarded a plaque that he displayed proudly in his home as a Georgia High School Honorary Coach.

In addition to his beloved wife, Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Bernice (Beavers) Little; his brother, Jesse Junior Little; his sister, Margie (Lambert) Little; and a grandson, Corey Little.

Those left to cherish his memory are son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Dottie Little; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy (Little) and Michael Hembree; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Wanda Little; son and daughter-in-law, Darren and Jennifer Little; grandchildren, Becky (Scott) Lee, Brian Little, Angela (Steve) Beatty, Kelly (Great) Moore, Randal Hipps, Jaimie (Cameron) Shaw, Nickolas (Hailey) Little, Ryan Robinson, Adam Little and Sarah Little; ten great-grandchildren, Bennett, Brennen, Braylin, Callie, Joshua, Cooper, Jackson, Abbie, Sam, Ben, Corey Ann, and Lily; his sister, Genell Bryant; a host of nieces and nephews, other loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, January 11, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Rosehaven Chapel with Rev. Terry "Yogi" Marbut officiating. A private family interment will follow the funeral service at Rosehaven Memorial Park. Serving as Pallbearers are Brian Little, Steven Beatty, Ryan Robinson, Randal Hipps, Nickolas Little, and Scott Lee. Adam Little will serve as an Honorary Pallbearer.

While guests are welcome, due to Covid-19 protocols and limited seating in the Chapel, the funeral service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/RosehavenMemorial/

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Curtis Little and his grandson, Corey Little to the Wingman Foundation, https://www.wingmanfoundation.org/

Please take time to leave condolences with the family or share memories of Curtis Little by visiting www.whitleygarner.com

Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134