Rev. Leroy Talmage Little

October 30, 1930 ~ March 18, 2011

Rev. Leroy Talmage Little, 80, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, March 18, 2011.

Born in Sabine Parish, Louisiana to Jabez Talmage and Martha Anna Blue Little, Rev. Little lived his life telling others of Jesus. He served along with his wife as a missionary in Burundi, Africa from 1951 until 1975 with World Gospel Mission. They returned to Lake Charles in 1979, where he served as pastor of First Southern Methodist Church from 1980 until 1990 and Pastor of Living Hope Bible Ministries from 2002 to 2005. He was currently attending services at Trinity Nazarene Church, sharing with the fellowship there his love for the Lord and his knowledge of the scriptures. Rev. Little served on World Gospel Missions Board and Congregational Methodist Church Mission Board. He also served on the local Salvation Army Advisory Board for many years, where he acted as chairman for two years.

Rev. Little is survived by his wife of sixty years, Gene Bailey Little of Moss Bluff; sons Kerry Little and wife Sheron of Mobile, Alabama, Glen Little and wife Janice of Brandon, Mississippi and Eldon Little of Grand Isle; brothers Archie, William and Herman Little of Monroe, and Daniel Little of West Monroe; sisters Ann Wilson of Pawhuska, OK and Louise Morris of Delhi, Louisiana; daughter-in-law Edna Little of Gillis; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Gerald Little and Bruce Little.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2011, at Johnson Funeral Home. Rev. Raymond Teston and Rev. Edwin Fenton will officiate. Interment will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Ragley. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m. and on Monday from 8 a.m. until service time.

Donations in memory of Rev. Little may be made to the Salvation Army, 3020 Legion Street, Lake Charles, LA 70615.

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  1. Aunt Gene and family, Ricky and I are in prayer for you all. I keep your book by my bed and read of your adventures in Africa almost each night. It has been a great inspiration to my walk with Christ. We love you all and are thinking of you at this time.

  2. Aunt Gene,Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the boys and their families. Uncle Leroy was a blessing to us all, a wonderful example of a child of God. We have many sweet memories of his joyful smiles and warm hugs.

  3. Dear Gene Family: I know Leroy will be greatly missed in the days ahead. He will see many souls that were saved because of the Lord's calling on his life and yours. Thinking of you during these days. Love you, Jim Barbara Easterling

  4. Dearest Gene, There are no words that can properly describe what you and Leroy have meant to our family over the years. Still today, when I hear or read or even think about missions, I will always the names of Leroy and Gene Little always come to mind. Your faithfulness and service to the Congregational Methodist Church, WGM and the Kingdom of God are without equal. Our love and prayers are with you.The McGuire Family

  5. Gene family,My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. May God bring comfort to you all.Love, Brenda

  6. Gene,our prayers go out to you and the family. Leroy was there for us in our hours of need. He was a kind and gentle soul and earned his place on the throne with Jesus. We all will miss him, he was a ray of sunshine, now gone. Elaine, Diane and family.

  7. I know we only got to see Uncle Leroy once a year, but I miss him already. He will be missed by so many. I always knew he was the one who would offer thanks for the family at the reunion. Just imagine the reunion he has now with Mammaw, Bruce, and Gerald.I love you Aunt Gene! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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