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Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Garland "G.S." Little

March 11, 1928January 9, 2020
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Garland S. “G.S.” Little, age 91 of Knoxville, passed away January 9, 2020 at his home. Member of Zion South Carolina Methodist Church. He was the first agent to open Independent Life office in Tennessee. After retiring he worked for Mayo Garden for 22 years. Preceded in death by parents, William and Blanche Little; daughters, Sharon and Bernice Little; son, Buddy Little. Survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Nancy Laboone Little; daughter, Donna Brewer, eight grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Weaver’s Chapel Saturday from 5:00-7:00 pm with service to follow at 7:00 pm Joe and Jeff Lee officiating. Family and friends will meet Sunday at 2:45pm at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery for a 3:00 pm interment. Condolences are welcome at weaverfuneralservices.com. Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knoxville, TN 37921

  • FAMILY

  • William Little, Father (deceased)
  • Blanche Little, Mother (deceased)
  • Sharon Little, Daughter (deceased)
  • Bernice Little, Daughter (deceased)
  • Buddy Little, Son (deceased)
  • Nancy Laboone Little, Wife
  • Donna Brewer, Daughter
  • Eight, Grandchildren
  • Several, Great-Grandchildren & Great-Great Grandchildren
  • Several, Nieces and Nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kenny Jordan, Active
  • John Brewer, Active
  • Tim Reed, Active
  • John White, Active
  • Bryan Chastain, Active
  • Tyler Jordan, Active
  • Steve Davis, Active

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Committal Service Sunday, January 12, 2020

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Biography

      Garland "G.S." Little was a man for whom actions would speak louder than words. His life motto might well have been “if it isn’t logical, it’s not important.” The qualities of being fair, just and the ability to recognize what was right were clearly driving forces in Garland’s life. He was also the kind of person who could respect a “do not disturb” sign, whether it was real or implied. He was analytical and observant, with an ability to be simultaneously spontaneous and keenly perceptive. Garland was modest in his actions and extremely literal in his thoughts and in the manner in which he communicated with others. When Garland said something, he meant it. All those who knew him appreciated this trademark quality.

      Garland was born on March 11, 1928 at home in Hartwell, Georgia. His parents were William and Blanche Little. Garland was raised in Easley, South Carolina. Even as a small child, Garland wanted to understand what was right and what was wrong in any given situation. As Garland grew older, he realized the importance of being treated fairly, and in return, he treated everyone around him the same way. This belief in fair play served Garland well throughout his life and despite his natural shyness; he enjoyed a solid group of friends.

      Since Garland sought to treat those around him with respect, he often found himself in the role of playing peacemaker within his family. He was comfortable in working through the types of sibling rivalry situations that quite often occur, because he loved the challenge of conflict resolution. He would look at the most reasonable and practical ways to settle any disputes. Garland was raised with four siblings. He had three brothers; Charles, Harry and Ralph and one sister, Doris. Garland was constantly involved in activities with his siblings. Garland and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they shared many life experiences.

      During his childhood, family and friends viewed Garland as a quiet and reserved person with what most would consider a calm and tranquil demeanor. In fact, he was a fairly curious child who had the ability to entertain himself and didn’t require much in the way of outside stimulation. A great deal of Garland’s free time was spent learning how and why the things around him worked. He was an active child who loved being outdoors and absorbing all the sensory input that nature could provide. In his spare time he liked hunting.

      The fact that he was curious was an asset to Garland while he was in school. He possessed strong study skills and good concentration. He relished the task of scrutinizing problems, investigating all of the options and then solving them. Garland enjoyed tackling the project that was right in front of him and working it straight through to its conclusion. Sometimes, he would become so involved in the process of problem solving that he would lose awareness of his surroundings. Experience was Garland’s best teacher. He graduated from Easley High School in 1947. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was History.

      This same loyalty and up front honesty Garland shared with his friends carried over to other aspects of his life, including his relationships with his family. On December 18, 1947, Garland exchanged wedding vows with Nancy J. LaBoone at the minister's house of Easley, South Carolina. The marriage became a solid relationship, due in part to Garland’s skill at bringing fresh energy and clarity to meeting Nancy's needs. He was a great listener who enjoyed the couple’s “together” time, especially when it came to celebrating special occasions.

      As the family grew, Garland was easily able to adapt to the changes and challenges of parenthood. Garland was blessed with four children, one son, Garland and three daughters, Donna, Sharon and Bernice. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Tonya, Jonathan, Sharolyn, Janet, Tracy, Stacy, Crystal and Kevin. Garland was never impulsive in dealing with family problems. Instead, he would carefully think things through before implementing the solution in a logical and objective manner. Garland was a strong, clear communicator who excelled at eliminating confusion by making matters crystal clear to all those involved. At the same time, Garland’s inventive nature could turn some of the boring old household chores into a fun activity for the family.

      In his work life, Garland was the kind of person who had no difficulty in taking on a project and seeing it through to its completion. He excelled at dealing with those pesky details that can derail some people, and once he understood exactly why he was working on a project, he could plow full steam ahead. For Garland, being able to grasp the logical components of any task was significant to him in appreciating its importance. Even if he worked alone on an assignment, Garland was able to incorporate and welcome new insights from co-workers, and he would readily use them if they improved the process. His primary occupation was in Insurance. He was employed for 45 years with insurance company and 22 years with Mayo Gardens. Garland always made the effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Garland’s curious and inquisitive nature influenced his choice of leisure pursuits as well. He applied his strong concentration and analytical skills as to how things worked to his choice of activities. He particularly enjoyed the “alone” time his hobbies provided. His favorite hobbies were working on cars, shooting pool, fishing and hunting. Garland was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Garland had the ability to stay calm and the determination to do what was necessary to get the job finished, traits that helped him enjoy sports. Garland was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was football.

      Religion and faith were important to Garland. He held dear the faith and values he derived from his beliefs. He was a member of Zion Methodist Church. During that time, he served as Deacon.

      Because he was a man who let his actions speak for themselves, Garland didn’t find it necessary to brag or boast. But it wasn’t always possible for him to conceal his accomplishments. Others who recognized his achievements made certain that he was honored for them. Some of his most prestigious awards included the ones for sales in insurance.

      Garland was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Garland’s favorites was Dog, a Beagle. He had Beagles all his life.

      As his retirement approached, Garland viewed the event as just one more project to research and solve. So, when the day finally arrived he was well prepared. He retired from insurance in the 90's and from Mayo Garden Center in 2017.

      Garland passed away on January 9, 2020 at home in Knoxville. Garland broke his hip from a fall and with his advanced age did not recover from the break. He is survived by his wife Nancy and daughter, Donna. Services were held at Belmont Heights Church. Garland was laid to rest in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

      Garland strongly believed that talk is cheap. He was the type of person who would show others his feelings through his actions. He was practical and realistic but was able to be flexible when the need arose. He had a curiosity about the things around him and tried to experience life directly rather than sit back and talk about it. The experiences he treasured most were those he shared with his loved ones. Garland "G.S." Little will be greatly missed.