JAMES PHILLIP 6 LITTLEFIELD (NEIL BOLTON 5, JAMES LUTHER 4, LUTHER RICE 3, WILLIAM 2, WILLIAM 1)
Monroe News Star (LA), Wednesday, June 28, 2006:http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200606...
Article published Jun 28, 2006
JAMES PHILIP LITTLEFIELD
Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove, La.
James Philip Littlefield, 91, of Kilbourne, LA, died Saturday in Bastrop, TX, after a lengthy illness.
He was preceded in death by his soul mate and wife of more than seventy years, Inez Scott Littlefield on April 3, 2006.
Services for Mr. Littlefield will be at 10AM Thursday, in the Kilbourne United Methodist Church with the Revs. Linda Shepherd and Byron Putnam officiating. Burial will follow at the Kilbourne Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove, LA.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5PM until 7PM at Cox Funeral Home.
A well-respected, retired West Carroll Parish businessman, Mr. Littlefield was born July 7, 1914 in Adamsville, TN, to his parents, the late Neil Bolton and Zella Lucretia Phillips Littlefield. At age 18, his family moved from western Tennessee to the northeastern Louisiana town of Kilbourne in hopes of escaping the throes of the Great Depression.
Soon thereafter he met Inez Scott and they were married in 1935, a union that would last over seven decades.
In the late 1930s, he purchased a service station along Highway 17 and remained in business for more than 35 years, operating under the Sinclair, City Service, Esso and Exxon brand names. After a May 1977 tornado devastated most of the businesses and churches in Kilbourne, his station remained standing and served as a command center for relief efforts.
The great-great grandson of Revolutionary War soldier William Littlefield II, Mr. Littlefield was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. At age 27, he left his loving wife and three young children for basic training in California and service in the Pacific Theater. He served in the signal corps attached to the U.S. 8th Army and was awarded three battle stars for his service in the battles of Leyte, Luzon and New Guinea. He was joyfully reunited with his family on Christmas Eve 1945.
Mr. Littlefield took special pride in that, through diligent attention to serving his customers, he was able to provide each of his three children with a college education. Even Mrs. Littlefield, in 1962, was able to complete a degree in elementary education.
In addition to his business, Mr. Littlefield was a former Kilbourne town marshal and West Carroll Parish reserve deputy sheriff for more than two decades. He also served as a member of the first Kilbourne City Council.
He was active in the Kilbourne United Methodist Church for decades, serving as chairman of the board, steward, lay leader and as teacher of the Adult Men's Sunday School class. He was a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge, having received his 50-year membership pin.
Mr. Littlefield also was a significant source/contributor to the recently published "A History of Early Kilbourne, Louisiana."
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Leonard Troy Littlefield and Hubert Roy Littlefield of Adamsville, TN; Clarence Gerald Littlefield of Oak Grove, LA; and one sister, Mary Elizabeth Littlefield Holley.
Survivors include his three children: daughter Mary Pat Littlefield Tharpe and husband Dwain, of Crowville, LA; son Dr. Robert Philip "Bud" Littlefield and wife Janie of Dallas, TX; and daughter Terry Jane Littlefield Conrad and husband Marvin of Bastrop, TX.
Seven grandchildren: Steven and Connie Tharpe of San Antonio, TX; Michael and Michelle Tharpe of Kansas City, MO; Cherie and Mark Anyan of West Monroe, LA; Jamie Lynne and Danny Stroud of Fort Worth, TX; Mark and Jennifer Littlefield of Austin, TX; Ben and Chrystal Littlefield of Dallas, TX; and Kelly Shea and Steven Bender of Bastrop, TX.
Nine great-grandchildren: Kirstie and Abby Anyan; Michaela Tharpe; Katie, John Philip and Taylor Stroud; Grace Littlefield; and Noah and Will Bender.
He also is survived by a sister, Mamie Lorie Littlefield Organ of Shreveport, LA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Leonard Best, Michael Best, Bill Langston, Blaine Littlefield, John Dean Malone, John Stanley, John A. Tullos and Scottie Connell.