March 15, 1918 ~ July 20, 2007

Born in: Tilmon, OK,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William E. “Gene” Little, 89, of Leicester Highway, Asheville, died Friday, July 20, 2007, at Emerald Ridge Health Care. A native of Tilmon County, OK, he was a son of the late Jeff and Ethel Wheeler Little. He was a twice wounded combat veteran of WWII. Mr. Little was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborn Division and was awarded five Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a Master Carpenter, a member of Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church and had a life-long love of fishing. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris Smith Little; two daughters, Carolyn Dorsey and her husband Rev. Tom Dorsey of Leicester and Debra Pinner and her husband Randy of Hendersonville; a son, Rev. Danny E. Little and his wife Yvonne of Asheville; nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 5:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Earl Jones, and Jonathan Dorsey officiating. His family will receive friends following the service. Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Monday at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors by the Buncombe County Veterans Council and the Revs. Tom Dorsey and Danny Little officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church, 119 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Danny-
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace in the coming days.

  2. Danny and family,
    We were sorry to hear of Mr. Little’s passing. Knowing he’s in Heaven and whole again dose not help the pain of loosing a loved one. But someday you will be together again.
    Love & Prayaers,
    Steve,Sharon & Family
    Elwood Hall
    Karen Hall

  3. Doris and family, we send our condolences and memories of Brother Gene. We charish the time of knowing him, as we often talked about old times and Ray being a Vet. he enjoyed discussing the service time he spent.
    May the Lord keep you Doris as you look to God for strength in the days to follow. Love and Blessings.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your loss… you all are in my thoughts and prayers… may God give you His peace. I love you all– Cindy

  5. To the Little Family:
    We send our condolences to each and every family member. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength and peach in the coming days.

  6. Doris and Danny and family: Our sympathy and prayers go out to each of you during this difficult time.
    Mike and Brenda Burgin

  7. To Danny and all the Little Family, We were so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. May God grant you and your’s that peace that surpasses all understanding during the sad days ahead. Our thoughts and prayes are with you.


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