Love Little

Love Little

Love McCotter Little, 94, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Little was born August 23, 1917 to the late St. Elmo McCotter and Estelle Sawyer McCotter in Bayboro, NC and was the widow of the late George R. Little, Jr. She was a retired public school teacher and a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Little Wilkins and husband, Keith Graham Wilkins, of Malta, daughter-in-law, Gray Brantley Little of Elizabeth City; five grandchildren: George Roscoe Little IV and wife Bess Harrell Little, Katharine Little Farless and husband, Wood Farless, Caroline Wilkins Ritchie and husband, Eric Ritchie, George McCotter Wilkins and wife, Tara Clipperton Wilkins, and Esther Silvia Wilkins; four great grandchildren, Carmen Love Ritchie, Isabella Ritchie, Ethan Wilkins and George R. Little V; and a sister, Joyce McCotter Greeson. Also, she is survived by a special niece, Eva Carolina Bright and husband, Roger, and dear family friends, Alvin and Peggy McPherson. Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her two sons, George Roscoe Little III and Lenyer McCotter Little, daughter-in-law, Betty Jean Houtz Sanders Little, and granddaughter, Lenyer Houtz Little.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at New Hollywood Cemetery. The family is receiving family and friends at the residence, 2127 Rivershore Road, Elizabeth City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Little’s name to the Albemarle Hospice, 311 Cedar Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or to the Building Fund at Christ Episcopal Church, 220 McMorrine Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Little family. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Pat & Bobby Ross on November 17th, 2011 11:34 am

    Joyce,Keith & family – We are thinking about you @ this time & will see you Monday @ the service. Please know our hearts & prayers are w/ you & yours.

    Much Love,
    Pat & Bobby Ross

  2. Ann McPherson on November 17th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Joyce and Family,
    Allan and I are so very sorry for your loss, she was a special lady, and I don’t use the word “lady” lightly. I know she will be missed by many.
    Our prayer is for the coming days to be a time of remembering the good times, a reflection of your days with her and how she would want things to be. She loved you all and she had a good life, one that she could be proud of dispite her hardships.
    Know that you will be in our prayers, especially in the coming days.
    Blessings to you,
    Allan and Ann

  3. Mike Kelly on November 18th, 2011 7:32 am

    My thoughts & prayers are with the entire Little family. Mrs. Little was a wonderful lady and she so enjoyed her visits to Nags Head & her family. She has left a great legacy & memories to be remembered.

  4. Evelyn Darden Renshaw on November 18th, 2011 7:57 am

    Gray and family, I cannot tell you how saddened I am by the news of the loss of Love. Her name said it all and she was a special lady. My daughter Debby Steiner Miller and I will never forget the kindnesses shown to us by both Love and George. I wish I could be with you on Monday. May God comfort and strengthen all of you during this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Evelyn Darden Renshaw

  5. Barb & Tom Layton on November 19th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the words in Psalms 145:18,19 give you hope and comfort.

  6. Bill Bunnell on November 19th, 2011 1:10 pm

    Joyce and the entire Little family:
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Bill and Alice

  7. Bryan S. Godfrey, near Richmond, VA on November 20th, 2011 6:40 am

    Mr. Little and my great-grandmother, Mattie White Godfrey (1891-1993), were third cousins through the Pailin and Garrett families, and I give my condolences to their family, and belated condolences regarding his death. I am glad they both came from long-living families and lived such long, active lives, but I’m so sorry about what you all went through 32 years ago. I only saw the Littles one time, almost exactly ten years before Mr. Little’s death, when I was photocopying Pailin family group sheets Mrs. Little compiled, and was amazed at their good health and longevity even then. I later heard Mr. Little insisted on walking to work and that may have been the secret to his longevity, something he influenced me to do as much as possible. If any of their family are interested in genealogy, I shall be glad to share what I have compiled on our mutual ancestry, and I have compiled other sides of their ancestry too. My email is, and my website can be located by googling “bryan s godfrey,” in which there is a file on descendants of John Moore, one of our mutual ancestors on the Garrett side. The Pailin ancestry has some gaps in it though.

  8. G.Ford on November 21st, 2011 6:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. May “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God’s Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.

  9. Cynthia Hollomon Bagley on November 22nd, 2011 1:31 pm

    Mrs. Little was my 1st grade teacher at Sheep Harney many years ago and was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this difficult time.

  10. Dorothy P. Owens on November 28th, 2011 8:22 am

    I am saddened to hear of Mrs. Little’s
    death. She was truly a lovely lady and I enjoyed working with her on some civic projects and seeing her and her husband, George, at civic and social functions. I will miss her. Dorothy P. Owens

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