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Jesse Thomas Little, III

Jesse Thomas Little III, “Tommy, Tom, The Rock, Jess, or Jesse the Body,” 51, native of Portsmouth, Virginia, transitioned on Saturday, July 11, 2020. He was born on September 26, 1968 in Portsmouth, Virginia to his parents Jesse Thomas Little Jr. and Maria Anne Elizabeth Little. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Jesse Thomas Little Sr. and Helen Zerkle, maternal grandparents Roy and Dorothy “Dot” Owens, and mother, Maria Anne Elizabeth Little. Jesse Thomas is survived by his wife Shavonda Little; father Jesse Thomas Little Jr.; uncle David Owens; auntie Noel Breakfield; uncle Charlie Little; a host of cousins; father and mother-in-law George Jr. and Denise Riddick; brother-in-laws; George III, Travis, Dominique, and Quamaine Riddick; through marriage a host of nephews and nieces, and family and friends.

Jesse Thomas was a 1986 graduate from Suffolk High School, Suffolk, VA. On the same day, he received his certificate for completing a course in Auto Mechanics from P. D. Pruden Vocational Technical Center. His employments included: Portsmouth Auto Clinic working with his dad, Churchland Hardware, Charlie Faulk as a salesman and service manager, Profits (Department Store), and Walmart. He worked at Walmart for 23 years. He had plenty of job titles: Crew Leader, filled in as a Store Manager, Supervisor Truck Unloader, Support Manager numerous times, Trainer, Fresh Cap 2 Team Associate, and etc. Whenever help was needed, Jesse stepped in with leadership, faith, and confidence as a hard worker. He quoted: “Like what you do, make an effort, and keep a positive attitude.”

On May 12, 1993 he was accepted to the Fire Department as a fire men. On November 28, 1994, he was accepted to the Portsmouth Police Department as a Police Officer, he scored a 98. He had several online businesses: HITT Challenge, Great Deals, and etc. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist. He loved to spend time with his family, walk around City Park, cycling, play video games, play football and basketball, body build, work on high performance vehicles, and etc. He supported SPCA (he loved animals), donated to United Way, Union Mission, Children of King Daughters, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and etc.

He had a beautiful personality, priceless smile, and a great sense of humor. He was very respectful, loving, caring, supportive, and entertaining. On his spare time, he reclined and watched his favorite team (NFL Cowboys), American Pickers, Heavy Metal, Christian Hard Rock, Rock-n-Roll Concerts, and etc., Street Outlaws with JJ the Boss, Forge In Fire, Expedition Unknown, WWE, Formula One, Scooby-Doo, James Bond 007 Collections, Kolchak, Shaw Brothers Collections, Love Joy Collections, Project Bluebook, Six Million Dollar Man, Rocky, Rambo, and etc. He enjoyed reading books, verses (one of his favorites is, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13), magazines, and listen to music.

The family wishes to thank the many expressions of love, concern, support, and kindness shown to them during this bereavement.

An open visitation will be held Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 2 p.m., at Meadowbrook Memorial and Cremation Gardens.Due to coronavirus pandemic, please wear face coverings, practice social distance, and no physical contact.  Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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Jessie and Mrs. Tommy Little, It saddens my heart to have to write about Tommy. He was a kind and loving person. I know hes in Heaven looking down on us and praying for everyone. Rest In Peace my friend.

Clifford and Marie Sandefur May 13 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Jessie passing. He was a great guy. When I had the chance to work with him his smile brighten up the night

Farrie Beamon May 13 2021 12:00 AM

RIH Jessie

Telfphanie Lassiter May 13 2021 12:00 AM

It saddens me to hear of the passing of Jessie. I pray for peace , strength & understanding. My deepest condolences.

Myesha Snead May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jesse was a great man with a good heart. I'm blessed to have known him. I pray for peace and strength for his wife and family during this time.

Allisia Sykes May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jesse was a hard worker and a great person to work with. My heart goes out to his wife and family. for your strength. My deepest sympathy

Emma Knight May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jesse you was a very hard worker at Walmart who had a smile that would brighten someones day. May you Rest In Peace. Shavonda I will keep you and the family in my prayers.

Shameka Council May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Jesse was a kind hearted, friendly man with a beautiful spirit. He always had a smile, he will be missed. Prayers to his wife and family. Rest in peace

Kim Glover May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Dearest Solange, Please know that you are in my heart and in my prayers. There are no words to cover grief like this nor to relieve it. I can only say to you that in the days and weeks that come, you will experience a myriad of emotions that you will question, wish away or cling to. There are many stages of grief and if we could wish them away, know that I would. Jesse was an amazing human being. No one knows this more than you. He will forever be one of a kind and remembered with laughter and tears. We love you and we are praying that God brings you peace. Our sincere condolences to you, Mr. Little Sr. and the rest of the family.

Deborah D. Dillard May 13 2021 12:00 AM

I worked with Jesse for 5 years at Walmart. Please know that the very first thing that crossed my mind was how proud he was of Shavonda(Solange). How he constantly referenced her kindness and all that she is. The second thing I remember is how Jesse would always make sure you got to your car safe after second shift. If anyone gave you trouble Jesse was the first person to stand up for you. That's just the kind of man he was. I'll always remember Jesse as the hard working rock star that always had something funny to say or a story to tell. God must have needed him for something extraordinary. Time for us seems to move so slow, but for Jesse, he's probably just smiling down, knowing that he will see those that love him when it's time. Shavonda, idk if you remember me, but I want you to know that I've got you heavy on my heart. I have so much love for you, Jesse, and your family. You're in my prayers.

Jessica Stout May 13 2021 12:00 AM

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