VeteranCletus Little

Cletus A. Little, 78, a lifelong Fulton County resident, died at 10:52 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, 2000, at Prairie View Care Center, where he resided since 1998.

He was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Smithfield, a son of Courtney and Eva Bartlett Little. He married Betty Markley on Dec. 6, 1947, in Palmyra, Mo.

Surviving are one son, Robert (and Kathy) of Vermont; two daughters, Patricia Little of Vermont and Linda Pottorf of Havana; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Frank of Texas.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David Little and Michael A. Little; one brother; and one sister.

He served on the police departments in Vermont, Easton, Manito, Plymouth and Ipava. He formerly served as a special deputy with the Fulton County Sheriff's Dept. and as a Fulton County court bailiff. He was a former prison guard at Stateville Prison in Joliet.

He was a former member of various volunteer fire departments and civil defense organizations and was a member of the Illinois Police Association.

A World War II veteran, he served in the Army and the Army Air Forces. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5001 and American Legion Post 1.

He was a member of Lewistown Church of the Nazarene, where services were held Tuesday with Rev. Steve Cecil officiating. Burial was in Baughman Cemetery in Smithfield, with military rites conducted by his VFW and American Legion posts. Henry-Lange Funeral Home in Lewistown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Cletus A. Little Memorial Fund established at Farmers State Bank of Fulton County in Lewistown.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 8/30/2000

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