James "Jim" Jerome Little, 71, of Kennett, one of 13 children born to the late Job Little and Iva May Little, was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., and departed this life on July 15, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Survivors include one son, James Jerome Little II, of New Holland, Pa.; one daughter, Jamie Lou Dececoo, of Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Julia Jane Dececoo, of Stradford, Conn., Lauren LaShelle Little, of Atglen, Pa., and Brienna Nicole Little and Cory James Little, both of New Holland, Pa.; four brothers, Job Little, of St. Louis, Mo., John Little, of Vancouver, Wash., Bill Little, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Mahlon Little, of West Plains, Mo.; three sisters, Kathern Pfisster, of Albuquerque, N.M., Jobetta Bell, of Topeka, Kan., and Georgia Wiseman, of Newport Richie, Fla., special special friend, Bonnie Lou Campbell, of Kennett and other relatives and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by one brother, Ebbin Little and four sisters, Lorraine Selley, Margaret Miller, Lois Miller and Sucille Alexander.
He attended school in Willow Springs, Mo., and entered the Marine Corp on Aug. 6, 1953, serving a total of 20 years active and inactive, being honorably discharged on March 31, 1974. He served in Korea from Feb. 22, 1954 through March 17, 1955, and served in Vietnam from Aug. 10, 1965 through July 31, 1966. He was shot seven times on July 26, 1966 and entered Philadelphia Naval Hospital July 31, 1966 and was placed on medical hold June 30, 1968. Jim served a tour of duty as a representative of the Veterans Administration in Vietnam from March 17, 1969 through Sept. 19, 1969. He served a total of 53 years, nine months and three days for the U.S. Government, this included his military time and VA representative time. Jim was honored by his country with the following medals, ribbons and badges: National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Silver Star Good Conduct Medal w*4, Korean Service Medal, Badge/Rifle Expert, Purple Heart Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal w*4, United Nations Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
He attended the Faith United Methodist Church in Kennett.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Pemberton officiating.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Coatesville, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Faith United Methodist Church, South By-pass, Kennett, Mo. 63857 or Caruthersville Humane Society, 900 Industrial Dr., Caruthersville, Mo. 63830.