December 12, 1960 - November 30, 2018
John Little, 57, of Lakeside City, passed away peacefully Friday, November 30 surrounded by family. His life was marked by his love of his family and many friends and his success in seeking justice for victims of crimes in Wichita County.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in the Grace Church Chapel with Reggie Coe and Dr. Bill La Barr officiating. Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6-7 PM, for visitation.
John was born to Joe and Lurline Creel Little on December 12, 1960 in Wichita Falls.He graduated from Rider High School in 1979 and married Lisa Talley in 1982.
John is remembered by his family and longtime friends as a fighter. As a little kid, he would step in and fight for a friend being picked on. He took this willingness to take up for the underdog into his professional life as he spent 25 years as an investigator for the Wichita County District Attorney’s office. He spent much of his career working on child abuse and murder cases.
John’s efforts earned him recognition. He was awarded the 2004 Chuck Dennis Investigator of the Year Award, the top honor of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, for his work in bringing closure for the families of victims of violent crimes. In 2017, he received the Patsy Baggett Award for his efforts in fighting child abuse.
As the youngest of seven children and lifetime resident of Wichita Falls, John lived a life filled with family and friends. He cherished the time he spent with his sons and daughter at their activities for so many years. He loved coaching his sons in baseball. He tried once, just once, to coach his daughter in basketball. With the addition of grandchildren, his days were beginning to fill again with children’s programs and sports. He and his wife, Lisa, took many memory-making trips with their friends. His summers were spent enjoying the good fishing and good friends at Lake Kemp.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Tommy Little, his sister-in-law, Phyllis Little, brother-in-law, Jim Brown and father-in-law, Don Talley.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lisa Talley Little, sons, Coleton and wife, Sarah of Holliday; and Brayden and wife, Brittany of Lakeside City, and a daughter, Brea Moore and husband, Justin of Iowa Park, his grandchildren, Quaid and Quinn Little and Kendall and Ryan Grace Little, two brothers, David Little and Cary Little and his wife,Tracy, all of Wichita Falls, three sisters, Cynthia Rich and husband, Jack of Buffalo, New York, Shirleen Brown of Wichita Falls and Ellen Lawson of Throckmorton, sister-in-law, Barbara Little of Wichita Falls, mother-in-law, Janett Talley of Wichita Falls, sisters-in-law, Bridget Rogers and husband Kevin of Highland Village and Rhonda McClung and husband, Hank of Wichita Falls, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to Patsy’s House (patsyshouse.org) or Hospice of Wichita Falls (howf.org).