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James W. Little Jr.

James William Little Jr, age 55, of Piqua, OH, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Piqua, OH on August 24, 1963 to the late James William Sr. and Norma Jean Little. He spent a little over a year living in Davenport, FL with his brothers Dan and Tom, but most of his life was spent in Piqua where he was born and raised. Jimmy worked proudly for 34 years at Industry Products Company in Piqua, OH. He filled many roles during his time there, never missing a day on the job. He attributed his strong work ethic as being inherited from his father. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, eating and golf. Jimmy loved football. He played for the Piqua Indians throughout his high school years and was known as being one half of the infamous “Dreamy Boys”. One of his proudest achievements was beating Danny at golf…twice. He was a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and loved cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was known for his Amazon shopping sprees and looked forward to those daily deliveries. First and foremost, he was a family man. His quiet and reserved nature disguised a fierce loyalty to family and loved ones. He was a man of few words, yet spoke with intense meaning. He is preceded in death by his parents, James William Sr. and Norma Jean Little; brothers, Dennis and Joe Saunders; and nephew, Kristin Magill. Survived by sons, Phillip (Kristin) Little of Winston Salem, NC and Jacob Hamilton of Piqua, OH; daughters, Hannah of Debary, FL, Jessica (Jake) Underwood of Piqua, OH and Lacey Hamilton of Piqua, OH; brothers, John Saunders of Sidney, OH, Dave Saunders of El Paso, TX, Danny Saunders of Davenport, FL, Tim(Lori)Saunders of Berkeley, MI and Tom Little of Davenport, FL; sisters Karen Schneider of Greenville, OH, Paula Landis of Piqua, OH and Linda(Caleb)Magill of Piqua, OH; special love, Jennifer Johnson; his “second” family, The Johnsons;  along with numerous nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends. His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center for all the efforts on Jimmy’s behalf. They state “They are humbled by the great people he had taking care of him”. A Celebration of His Life will be held from 2-5 pm on Monday, May 27th, 2019 at The Buckeye Barn, 9017 Troy-Sidney Rd. Piqua, OH 45356. Please feel free to stop by at any time to enjoy a bite. In lieu of flowers, please make Memorial Contributions to The Ohio State University James Cancer Center by visiting or by mail 460 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210.


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  • Krissy says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You will be greatly missed.

  • Judy Lazzaro says:

    Had not seen Jim since he was a young man, he was always kind and sweet.

  • Sheila Cantrell says:

    Truly one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known. It has been an honor my friend. You have taught me a lot at work and you have been a blessing to my extended family for many years. I will always cherish the memories. Thoughts and prayers 🙏 for all.

  • Dawn Fogt says:

    Your family has been mine for a very long time. My prayers and deepest sympathies go to his entire family, which includes more than a bloodline. You will be missed Jimmy. I love you dearly and your absence will be ever present. R.I.H brother til we meet again.

  • Sheila Johnson says:

    I will love you and miss you forever. Thank you for the love you showed my daughter and grandkids. Words can’t Express how I feel. You will always be my son in law. Thank you for all the love you gave to all of us. RIP son in law

  • Scott Saunders Sr says:

    R.I.P. Uncle Jimmy

  • Linda Hart says:

    My condolences and prayers to all of you. I had the privilege of meeting and knowing Jimmy through my sisters husband Danny. Jimmy was one of the sweetest and kindest men I have ever known. I will miss him greatly! R.I.P my friend! Much love and Hugs!

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