Location: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, North Carolina) ▪️29 May 1905, Mon▪️Page 4
FUNERAL OF MR. J. P. LITTLE ———— Burial Attended With Masonic Honors — The Deceased One of the Best Known and Most Substantial of Richmond County’s Citizens. Special to The Observer
Wadesboro, May 23. — A large concourse of relatives and friends asdembled in the Methodist church this afternoon at four o’clock to do Honor to the remains of Mr. John Phillips Little, who died at his home in Richmond County yesterday. A large representation came from Richmond, driving the long distance of 20 miles or more to show their respect and love for him who had been one of their noblest citizens, while beautiful flowers attested the esteem of many absent friends. Very touching was the attendance of old servants - darkies who had probably been his slaves in the old days. Mr. Little was born on the place which has always been his home in September, 1827. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Covington, of Richmond county. His last wife, who, with nine sons and daughters, survives him, was Miss Fanny Myers. The end came peacefully in the presence of all the members of his immediate family. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Smith, of the Methodist church, assisted by Rev. Mr. Stafford and Rev. Mr. Moyle, of Richmond county. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. S. Myers, Rufus Little, Julius Little, J. P. Leak, Horner Baldwin and W. C. Harrison. The Masonic lodge of this place of which Mr. Little was a loved and honored member, together with Masons from Rockingham and other lodges, attended the funeral in a body and interred the body with Masonic ceremonies.
Mr. Little belonged to a family whose forefathers came from Carlilse, England, and settled in this and Richmond counties. They soon became prominent and valued citizens, handing down to their descendants the heritage of a good name and a prosperous estate. Mr. Little’s example and influence will be sorely missed by all who came in contact with his strong personality and sterling character. Among those present from other towns to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. William Everett, Mrs. H. C. Dockery, Mr. J. Y. Everett, Mr. Walter Scales and Messrs. J. P. and W. C. Leak, of Rockingham; Mrs. Walter Myers, Mr. J. S. Myers, Mr. C. L. Hunter, of Charlotte.
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