Mount Vernon News
  • Parrish ‘Pete’ Little

  • May 11, 2010

MOUNT VERNON — Parrish J. “Pete” Little, 91, of Mount Vernon passed away May 8, 2010, at the Country Court Nursing Center.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty (McKenzie) Little; his parents, Robert and Effie Little; and his brothers, Robert Little and James Little. He is survived by his sons, Douglas (Karen) and Michael (Loretta); grandchildren, Justin, Anna, Ashton and Maria; and nephew, David (Betty) Cornell of Avon Park, Fla.

Pete was born Feb. 23, 1919, near Portsmouth, Ohio, and moved to Mount Vernon during his grade school days. He returned to the city following his return from duty in World War II. Pete served with honors in the U.S. Navy during World War II seeing action in the North Atlantic and South Pacific theaters. His last service was aboard the USS Omar Bundy.

Pete worked as a brick and stone mason most of his life. His craftsmanship was highly sought after and is evident in town (e.g., the YMCA and the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church), and the surrounding area (e.g., Kenyon College and Denison University). He was a lifetime member of the International Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union and Local 44-Ohio. He was also a lifetime member of the Moose Club (Lodge 2555) and the VFW Post 4027.

Pete loved to play pool and cards (especially with George Perry) and was an avid reader. He loved to joke, tell stories and play pranks on people. Pete is remembered, by those who knew him well, as a giving, hardworking, dedicated man who demonstrated great courage in the face of severe challenges and circumstances.

Funeral services will be held at Lakeholm Nazarene Church. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 13, from 10 to 11 a.m. with the service to follow with the Rev. Dr. Larry Macon Sr. officiating. Internment will be held in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Parrish J. “Pete” Little.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Shelter of Mount Vernon in Pete’s name.

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