Rhea Emory Little, Jr.

Born in Nashville, TN on August 17, 1943

Departed on September 5, 2016 and resided in Franklin, TN

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Rhea Emory Little, Jr

A man full of life, Rhea Emory Little, Jr., is now living in His Lord’s glorious presence! He was a man of faith, courage, strength and love!

Survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy, two sons, Rhea Little, III (Marie) and Shane Little (Phil Cooper), and the joy of his life, his two granddaughters, Grace Little Engle (Brad) and Abigail Rhea Little.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rhea Little, Sr. and Frances Little, two brothers, Joe and Leroy and sister, Gayland. He is survived by his brother Don. He was blessed to be surrounded by a large family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous wonderful friends.

Having established and operated a business for 53 years he influenced many lives. Pall bearers: Jody Thompson, Ben Little, Houston Little, Charlie Little, Clellon Loveall, Don Little, Gary Couser, Daniel Couser, and Michael Zongor.

The family would like to thank the staff and doctors of Vanderbilt Hospital. Charitable contributions may be made in his memory to the Nashville Rescue Mission; https://nashvillerescuemission.org/donate/ or to Vanderbilt Cancer Research; http://www.vicc.org/about/help/.

God, by His grace blessed us with a wonderful Husband, Father, Pop, Uncle, Cousin, Employer and True Friend to so many that his life touched and touches. We love you and we know that you loved all of us and your great legacy will live here on earth and in eternity!

The family will receive friends on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home where a celebration of Rhea’s life will be conducted on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11:00 am with an hour visitation prior to service.

21 Comments to Rhea Emory Little, Jr.

  1. Stevan Pippin
    September 7, 2016 7:36 pm

    Sincere condolences to the Little family, and prayers for comfort and peace. It has been a true honor to have known Rhea during all of my years here in Brentwood, Tennessee. Rhea will be remembered as a gentle man and true icon of our fair city, and will be missed by many. RIP, Rhea. Love and blessings from The Pippin Family, Steve, Leslie and Lindsay

  2. Kenneth Travis
    September 7, 2016 9:33 pm

    Rhea, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As I read your father’s obituary, I marveled at what a wonderful and accomplished man he was. I think of how many people he touched and helped.

    May you have wonderful memories!

  3. Linda Couser Barnette
    September 8, 2016 9:09 am

    My blessed brother-in-love will be missed deeply, but left such good memories that those will heal the pain of his moving on to eternity. Not sure I have ever known anyone with his will to live life to its fullest, and love as many as he could, before he left. He left a legacy of faith, honor, and deep appreciation for all of God’s creation that will have a lasting effect on generations to come. A piece of my heart is now missing, but that same piece knows Rhea has enhanced heaven by moving there.

    • Rhea Little, III
      September 8, 2016 2:06 pm

      Love you so much Aunt Linda! You were always his daughter, as well as, his sister-in-law. He truly loved His Lord, His Lord’s creation and all the people that came into his life. I know about the piece of the heart that is missing, I have a big one missing too, but it is alright, cause his influence made all of our hearts so much bigger!

  4. Tim Engle
    September 8, 2016 9:14 am

    In the few years that I knew Rhea, I have been inspired by his personal courage and determination. What most inspired me was the love and commitment demonstrated by both he and Judy. They gave us all a true understanding of love. Thank you Rhea and Judy for that blessing. I am also sadden for my daughter-in-law, who lost one of her heroes. The Engle family sends its thoughts and prayers to Judy, Rhea, Shane and the entire Little family.

    • Rhea Little, III
      September 8, 2016 2:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful words, he loved having an even larger family when we joined with the Engles. He loved having Brad as part of the family and being the one to marry his Grace! Thank you for your prayers they are felt.

  5. Devin L. Beauregard
    September 8, 2016 3:56 pm

    So sorry to have heard this news. I have fond memories of Mr. Little, having spent a lot of time at the Little’s while growing up in Franklin. I will always remember Mr. Little as one of the kindest and most gentle people I have ever met. My sincere condolences to the whole Little family. Our thoughts are with you during this time.

    • Rhea Little III
      September 8, 2016 11:44 pm


      Thank you so much for your nice words, I know you have always held a special place in my Dad and Mom’s heart!

  6. chris coutras
    September 8, 2016 4:08 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you Rhea your lovely Mother and the entire Little family..I have fond memories of your fathers grace, kindness and smile. Its a sad day in South Nashville when we lose good men which made our community so special. May his memory be Eternal..

  7. Mike and Patti Downs
    September 8, 2016 8:11 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Rhea Jr. was such a kind, gentle and compassionate man. I will be forever thankful for his kindness and generosity towards my mother/his sister, Gayland. He will be missed by so many lives that he has touched through out his journey on Earth. We will see him again one day.

    • Rhea Little III
      September 8, 2016 11:47 pm

      Mike and Patti, thank you so much and I so appreciate your words of faith!

    • judy little
      September 10, 2016 8:57 pm

      thank you both so much he was loved by us so much my heart is very sad I know he is gone to heaven and left me behind he loved us so I know he would have loved to have lived but he had to go to his creator I am so thankful I had my love all these years judy

  8. Faye and Buzz Duncan
    September 8, 2016 11:32 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Keeping you in our prayers.

  9. Marie Swinford
    September 9, 2016 8:27 am

    Ray my condolences to you and your family. I can see your father was beloved and he left a great legacy. Prayers for you family

  10. Chris Clark
    September 9, 2016 12:15 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    May his memory be eternal.

  11. Nancy kouris
    September 11, 2016 10:53 am

    It is such a wonderful thing to have people in your life that you know are true, big hearted, good and loving people. I am so happy that Rhea had a happy life, saw his sons become wonderful men with very full happy lives. His granddaughters grow into beautiful young women to be proud of. He had his wife by his side that was strong enough to keep him going and make his life as full and happy as anyone would be capable of, so happy that he was by her side. I feel very blessed to have known Judy and Rhea for years and to have been one of those people that has been a little part of their lives and received their love. Thank you for the memories Rhea, this was beautiful. Love to you all!

  12. Christine and Bruce McMeans.
    September 19, 2016 12:13 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Little’s family. He was such a kind and gentle man and such a pleasure to do business with.

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