Norman Hampton Littlefield
August 21, 1937 – February 6, 2019
Norman Hampton Littlefield, 81, a proud Navy veteran who served overseas in Korea and a longtime reside of Palmetto, Florida passed away peacefully on February 6, 2019 surrounded by his children Alan and Gayle, and his faithful Chihuahua companion, Chewy. Chewy revealed Norman’s love of animals as his little companion kept a relentless vigil before and after his passing. Norman was a strong and often stubborn man, with an amazing work ethic. He was a good provider who was willing to work two jobs to support his family. After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, he had a lifelong career in law enforcement at Palmetto Police Department and retired a Captain from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department. His civic duties included involvement in the Masonic Lodge for over 45 years and being helpful to family and friends. One of his interests including collecting dimes. Anytime a dime was on a table, Norman would replace it with a quarter. He loved the outdoors whether camping, traveling, deep-sea fishing, or hunting. He especially enjoyed taking his bird dogs quail hunting. One of his adventures included helping his young son Alan reel in what they thought was a 75-pound grouper. The rod bent and the son struggled to keep his balance. Norman struggled to hold onto Alan as they reeled in their powerful catch. Stunned, they discovered a shark claimed the body of the grouper and left the head for the anglers. Even though he was a sailor and appreciated deep-sea fishing, when his daughter Gayle took her parents on an Alaskan cruise he declared, “…I’m not getting on that … ship.” During the cruise and train ride to Fairbanks, his attitude changed and it became one of his best life’s experiences. His sense of adventure continued into the icy waters of white water rafting surrounded by glaciers. Of course, with each splash of freezing water, the cussing spewed forth. Norman probably had one regret, “I shoulda never climbed that …. ladder to prune that … tree with my … chainsaw in my hand.” His life continued for many years after that life-changing event. He was born to John Samuel Littlefield and Lillie V Craig in Palma Sola, Florida on August 21, 1937. Norman was married to Marsha Niles Dole for 49 years until her death on November 26, 2008. Preceding him in death are his father and mother John and Lillie, his brothers Paul, Irving Clayton, James, and George Samuel, his sisters Jeanette Littlefield and Earnesteen McLeod, grandson Mark Alan, and granddaughter Jessica Grace. Norman is survived by his son Alan Arthur and daughter Norma Gayle Smith, his grandson Jayden Smith, great-grandchildren Heidi, Evan and Colin Littlefield, his brother Marion Earl (Buck) Littlefield and sister Joyce G. Chewning. Visitation is held at Groover Funeral Home at 1400 36th Avenue East, Ellenton, Florida on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. followed by funeral services on Wednesday, February 13th at 1:00 p.m. Burial is held at Gillette Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
- Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
- Graveside Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Norman Hampton Littlefield
February 12, 2019
For a short while we shared our lives under the same roof as kids and you seemed like my irritating big brother. We argued often but mainly over Mama’s last warm biscuit. Later, you gave Brenda and me a lecture about respect. You served your country and protected your community. May you Rest In Peace Uncle Norman.
Paulette (Littlefield) Clark
February 8, 2019
I knew and worked with Norman for many years. Our condolences to his children and loved ones. He was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him. You are all in our prayers. May you RIP Norman. You will rejoin Marsha and you can both dance with the Angels. Bill and Judy Wooten