Joseph Harry “Joe” Little, 90, of Galesburg and Knoxville, IL and The Villages, Florida passed away on Tuesday December 29, 2020 at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville, IL.
He was born on August 29, 1930 in Palmer, Illinois to Harry and LaVaughn (Kent) Little. On April 6, 1952 he married Janice C. “Jan” Liston, who preceded him in death on September 18, 2005. He later married Mary Brosnan O’Mara on October 20, 2006. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2013.
Joe had worked as a barber in Knoxville for 37 years before retiring in 1997. Before that he had worked for the Burlington Railroad and then as a Clerk for the Railroad Post Office (RPO) for several years. He served in the Great Lakes Naval Reserve from 1949 to 1958. He was a member of the Fairway Christian Church in The Villages, Florida; Galesburg Illinois High School Class of 1948; 50 year member of the Masonic Pacific Lodge #66 in Knoxville, Illinois; The Shrine in Peoria, Illinois; past president of the Knoxville Illinois Business Association; former member of the Knoxville Booster Club, Knoxville Fire Department and was a charter member of the Shrine Club in The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law Jane and Tim Attaway of Oblong, IL, Ann Hulsizer of Monmouth, IL and Sue and Ryan Shultz of Otley, IA; four grandchildren Dan and Nicole Attaway of Caseyville, IL, John and Jane Attaway of Germantown, IL, Katie and John Lyons of Defiance, MO and Matt and Liz Hulsizer of Galesburg, IL. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren Cale Attaway of Paris, TN, Logan, Anthony and Sarah Attaway all of Germantown, IL , Kaden and Ainsley Attaway of Caseyville, IL and Jack and Aidan Lyons of Defiance, MO, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife Janice C. Liston Little, second wife Mary Brosnan Little; an infant daughter and his sister Shirley Poe.
A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held at a later date in Knoxville, Illinois. Burial will be in Knoxville Cemetery. The family requests, that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Knox County Nursing Home or the Knox County Humane Society and may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home P.O. Box 121 Oblong, IL 62449.