Obituary for Rev. Carol “Lynette” Little
Carol Lynette Little, 57, a member of the “Miriam Generation” of United Methodist Clergywomen in Mississippi, died on Tuesday, December 12 at her home in Harrisville. Her funeral services will be held at Marvin United Methodist Church in Florence on Monday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be at the Church from 12:00 to 2:00. Rev. Rebecca Youngblood will preside. Lynette is survived by her husband of 35 years, Jonathan Altman and her children, Luke Altman and Sarah Altman of Harrisville. She is also survived by her sisters, Linda Little Malone of Duck Hill and Guyanne Little Hargrove of Iuka, She was preceded in death by her Father, Raymond Little, and her Mother, Carol Gore Little.
Lynette was a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Pillow Academy, Class of 1978. She was also a graduate of Millsaps College (BA, 1982, Sociology) and of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 1986).
Lynette served United Methodist Churches in Meridian, Union, Philadelphia, Corinth, Lula, Friars Point, Coahoma, Bovina, Edwards, Benton, Midway, Petal, Florence, Pelahatchie, Ocean Springs, and Rexford over 30 and one-half years. At all but three of those churches, she was the first clergywoman appointed to serve as pastor. She met resistance by standing firmly in her size seven shoes and standing at her full height of 4’11.5” with a fierce determination to show God’s love to her neighbors, no matter what. Her husband planned to present her with a sweatshirt for Christmas quoting William Shakespeare- “Though She Be But Little, She is Fierce.” No truer words were spoken.
The family thanks Dr. Olivia Hightower of Gulfport Memorial; Drs. Barbara Craft, Natalie Sheehan, and Sophy Mangana of UMMC; Drs. Bora Lim and Horiana Grosu of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the staff of Hospice Ministries for their care for Lynette over the last 16 months.
Memorials may be shared with the student financial aid fund of Millsaps College or with the Scholarship Funds administered by the Mississippi United Methodist Foundation.
DEC 18. 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Service starts 2pm following visitation
Marvin United Methodist Church
211 N. Church Street
Florence, MS, US, 39073