Jim (Alton Lee) Little


(February 20, 2003)

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) in Clinton, Ind., for Jim (Alton Lee) Little, 69-year-old father of Powell Tribune Managing Editor Greg Little.

Mr. Little, of Libertyville, Ind., died Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Royal Oaks Health Care in Terre Haute, Ind., of an extended illness. His loving wife, Betty, was by his side.

He was born July 8, 1933, in Clinton, Ind., son of Gladys (Price) and James F. Little. They lived in Universal before moving to Libertyville, where he would live the rest of his life.

He graduated from Fayette High School in 1951. On Dec. 30, 1952, he married Betty Sweazey in Terre Haute, and they made their home in the Libertyville area. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

He worked at Weston Paper Mill before becoming an independent trucker, an occupation which took him across the United States while moving mobile homes. In 1971, he and his wife purchased the Midway Bar in Shirkieville, which they operated for several years. After selling the bar, he chose to further his education and earned a degree from Ivy Tech in Terre Haute. He then joined the Vigo County Assessor's Office and retired in 1996 as the supervisor of the mapping department.

Mr. Little had many passions in life, including the Indiana Pacers professional basketball team; riding his four-wheeler; and following NASCAR racing as a big fan of Jeff Gordon.

Survivors include his wife Betty of the family home in Libertyville; two sons, James and his wife Leanne of Logansport, Ind., and Greg and his wife Nicole of Powell; a sister, Jean and her husband Paul Umphries of West Terre Haute, Ind.; and five grandchildren, Lara of Bloomington, Ind., Lindsay of Terre Haute, Olivia and Sophia of Logansport and Price of Powell.

The Rev. George Guinn will officiate at services in Frist Funeral Home. Burial will be in Little Grove Cemetery, Libertyville.