Neal Little

January 26, 1927 – May 3, 2013

Little, neal squareLong time, well known Edmond resident, Neal Little left us, surrounded by family and loved ones, to be with his Lord and Savior on May 3, 2013. Neal was the 7th child born to Ivy and Lucy Little and reared in Heavener, Ok. Mid year of his senior year in High School he joined the U.S. navy and served 18 months as a Seaman first class on the Island of Guam, in 1945-46. After Military separation he attended OU for 2 years then graduation from Draughn’s Business School with a Degree in Business.

In March 1947 he married Matha Stout and six children were born to them. Neal worked at various employments before moving to Edmond in 1962. Neal was a very Civic minded person and was involved in many activities in Edmond. He had a Tax Practice and the Edmond Downtown Auto Tag Agency from 1969-2002 when he retired. Neal was a Charter member of the Edmond Lions club, where he held many offices. He served at Breakfast on Blvd., Hope Center, Keep Edmond Beautiful and many other civic activities until his illness in May 2012. Tuesday mornings at Jimmy’s Egg was a special time to meet with fellow Christian Brothers for breakfast and devotion. Week day morning’s he would meet with another special group for coffee at Around the Corner restaurant.

Neal was a long time member of the Okie A’s Model A club. June 2005 he married the love of his life, Dorothy Boyer.

Neal was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 3 sisters and his youngest daughter Vicki. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, children and their spouses, Sharon and Scott Duffner, Debi and Tim Moore, Cleveland, Wesley, and Michael Little, two brothers, Wendell and Betty Little, Oren Little and Sister Iva Lou and Gilbert Scrivner, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Two step-sons and spouses, 4 step grandchildren and spouses. Many relatives and a host of special friends.

Neal was a very caring and loving person. Neal gave his life to his Lord and Savior in 1965 and lived in faithfully until his death. The family wishes to thank Epworth villa, Quality Life Hospice and the special nurses and aides that cared for Neal while he was there.

Services will be held at Oakdale Baptist church on Thursday May 9th at 11:00 a.m. under the direction of Matthews Funeral home and cremation service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist church Building Fund or the Oklahoma Lions Service foundation.

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  1. We knew Neal and his family since 1962, when they lived 22nd street in Edmond.
    Wonderful family. Our love go out to all of you.

    John & Beverley Estlinbaum
    children: Mandy, John III, Lorie & Hugh

  2. Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Mom called me today after reading it in the paper. My parents always spoke very highly of your dad. Mom was very saddened by the news. He was a good man who always took care of his family. I have a lot of fond memories of you, your dad and family. When you feel like it, email me and we’ll catch up. Thinking and praying for you and your family. Mike.

    • Hello Mike,
      What a wonderful surprise to hear from a dear special friend at a time like this. I already miss my Dad soooo much but was able to spend some very precious time with him last week that I will never forget. It was truly a gift. I too have lots of memories of our families. They make me laugh and smile. You were the first boy my Dad ever caught me kissing! Remember Johnny Mathis?? What a memory. Please touch base (I have left my e-mail) and let’s get caught up. Give your Mom a hug for me.
      Sharon

  3. death always brings grief yet Christ brings us victory over death and that anticipation of a glorious reunion. We feel fortunate to have spent time with Neal, first in 1977 in Heavner then in 1979 at Lake Wisteria, when he came out to San Diego in the 80s, and finally 2 years ago in Branson, MO for a family reunion. I told Neal,whenI left that I hoped to see him again soon on this plane if not then I would see him in glory..he said amen.

    John and Dianna Little

  4. Dorothy… You and Neal were meant to be together. I have special thoughts of the two of you, starting with a special wedding day. You have had many wonderful trips together over the years. The times we spent together with The Salty Seniors were fun experiences.
    .. red hats and all. (Neal was a good sport!)

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you in the days ahead, please just give me a call. Love you, Nita Hastings

  5. Will never forget;
    the summer afternoons of my childhood watching and waiting for him to get home from work to see him run towards me leaping into the pool and yelling cannon ball, the rides on his yard tractor with him cutting grass, the old green truck in the trees that I sat behind the wheelof for the first time, the ice cold cokes he would give me when I visited the tag agency, the blanket tents he would build for my sister and I over tables, the lessons of how to eat a braums ice cream cones without dripping down the side, the prayers before every meal, his extremely strong hugs that I often thought would one day hurt someone, fishing, hearing him witness to anyone with an open ear, his many words of advice or support and encouragement, how many times I met someone in random places that knew him and immediately said he is such a nice man, the first time he told me about how special Dorothy is and how much she means to him, the biggest smile, holding his hands while he slept, watching him dance with hospital staff helping him, devoting time from every day to thinking about others before himself, holding his hands for hours knowing this would help him hear me, the last words I ever heard him say “JR!” and “I love you too”

  6. I will miss my Uncle Neal very much. He was a very gentle and loving Uncle. His smile was always present. He gave hugs just like my dad (his brother) and was so easy to talk too. I know that my grandpa and my dad and Uncles including Neal are reunited in heaven where I hope to see them again some day.

  7. Sharon,

    My prayers are with you and your family. Love to all of you.

  8. What can a son say during a time of sorrow and loss, of ones father, except I will still strive to continue to honor him and my Lord as he would have me do. He played an important part in my life, and I was proud of who he was and what all he had done for others, in his family, his church, to his friends, and to his community. Even though I had made my mistakes in life, he was there for me, always keeping my eyes focused on what God would have me do and to pray about it.
    I will always remember the funny times we have had together, the spiritual moments that we experienced together, clear up to the time that our Lord took him home. I know that he will be missed greatly, especially by me, for here in the past year or so, we grew closer than I thought a son and father could be, and I am going to miss my best friend so much.
    We as a family are stronger, closer, and even more so now that he is watching over us, organizing and facilitating (of course) the angels watching over all those lives he had touched here on Earth.
    In his last few hours left here with us, he called out for his family, church friends, and a dreamt of a meeting with downtown business owners, that he told me of. But he showed his love that he and his wife MommaD had, that any man and woman would hope to have in their lives, one bathed in the spirit and touched by God Himself.

  9. To the family,
    I moved to Edmond 23 years ago & eventually had to buy car tags. One day I wandered into the tag agency & met Neal & his wonderful staff. Most people dreaded going to the tag agency, but I rather liked visiting with Neal & seeing his contagious smile & love for life. After his retirement, I would often see him around town & always made a point to stop & visit with him. I lost my dad one year ago & I know the pain you must feel during this time. I just hope my dad meets Neal in Heaven…

  10. Family…I am sending this on behalf of Robin & Pat who did not hear of their Aunt Matha Lee’s death. You may not have been able to get in touch with them. Robin lives in Pennsylvania. If any of you would be willing to talk with them, please email me and I will let them know. Kay (my connection is through Mary Hatley )

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