Little, John Randolph, Sr.

World War II Veteran Held Long Career With State Farm Insurance Company

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
John Randolph Little
John Randolph Little

John Randolph Little, Sr. was born on June 18, 1923, in Lafayette, Georgia.

He graduated from Lafayette High School. After high school he began a successful sales career at the News Free Press under his mentor Everett Allen. He was a distinguished World War II veteran serving as a bombardier on a B29.  He followed the service to his country by entering the University of Chattanooga where he was a member of Sigma Chi. There he met and married his true love, Sue Wilson Little. They were married on June 4, 1949. In 1952 he began a long successful career in Chattanooga as an agent and executive with State Farm Insurance Company. He retired after 41 years in 1993. His State Farm legacy continues through his sons, John Little, Jr. and Jim Little.

He was proceeded in death by his mother, Ruth Head Little, father, Lester D. Little, and sister, Margaret L. Wheeler.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sue Wilson Little, brother, Lester Little, daughter, Jane Little of Fort Myers, FL, John Little Jr. (Sally) of Chattanooga, son, Jim Little (Jann) of Chattanooga, and daughter, Elizabeth Little Boyles (John) of Lookout Mountain, GA. He was blessed with seven grandchildren,    Katherine Odum (Michael), Caroline Baker (Todd), Sally Nelson (Sam), Jim Little, Jr., Sarah Little, Mary Boyles Zachary (Zach), and Martha Boyles. Three great grandchildren, Jasper and Poppy Odum, and Teddy Baker.

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church was an important part of his life. He talked many times over the last few years of his desire to commemorate the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. He made it!

His love of sports, especially golf, were an enjoyable part of his life. For many years he was a regular in the dogfights at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. He was also a longtime member of The Mountain City Club.

The love of his family dominated his existence.

The family would like to thank the staff of Thrive at Brow Wood, Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Dr. Richard Peters for the wonderful care he received. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his favorite charities, Chattanooga Food Bank, Community Kitchen, or The Salvation Army.

A service to commemorate his life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7, with visitation from 10-11 a.m., with the service following at 11 a.m. The location is Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 3204 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga TN 37415.

Lane Funeral Home is assisting the family. 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415.

Vaughn, Betty Ruth

Betty Ruth Vaughn, 83, of Harrison, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Marcus and Aileen Knight; husband, James Peardon; two sons, Lewis Harrison Vaughn and Lee Wayne Vaughn. She is survived by four daughters, Gail Hodnett, Julia May, Angela Ward and Beverly Vaughn; 12 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; ... (click for more)

Wilhoite, Dale Edward

Dale Edward Wilhoite, 61, of Rossville, passed away on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of North Georgia and was of the Baptist faith. Dale retired in 2013 after more than 30 years as an electrician.  He enjoyed doing woodwork and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, brother and friend, who will be greatly missed.  Dale was preceded in death ... (click for more)

Blankenship, Freddie L., Sr. (Cleveland)

Freddie L. Blankenship, Sr., 76, of Cleveland passed away at a family home in Maryville, Tn., on Friday morning, November 17, 2017.   He was a native of Radford, Virginia and spent over 20 years in Orlando, FL, before moving to Cleveland in 2003.  He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.  His passions in life were camping, collecting coins, ... (click for more)

Loveless, James (LaFayette)

James Loveless, of LaFayette, Georgia, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Willis Funeral Home, Inc., Dalton, Georgia. (click for more)

Former Executive Assistant To Pilot Sales Director Recalls Being Interviewed By FBI While Nursing Her Baby On The Front Porch

The executive assistant to the vice president of sales at Pilot Flying J told a Chattanooga jury on Monday that she never expected to be interviewed by the FBI on the front porch of her Knoxville home, nursing a one-month-old and with her other two young children running around in the yard. Katy Bibee, who worked directly for an expected star witness for the prosecution, said ... (click for more)

Tony Williams, 26, Shot On Dodson Avenue Late Sunday Night

Tony Williams, 26, was shot late Sunday night on Dodson Avenue. Chattanooga Police responded at 11:50 p.m.,  to the 900 block of Dodson Avenue on a shooting.   Upon arrival, police located the victim who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. HCEMS responded and transported the victim to a nearby hospital. The victim advised police that the ... (click for more)