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Ray N. Little

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ARLINGTON -- Funeral services for Ray N. Little, were held Saturday morning, Dec. 11, 2004, at the East Arlington Federated Church.

The Rev. Thomas Truscott conducted the service. Music was under the direction of organist Mary Jo Deignan who performed the organ prelude, “Jesus Joy Of Man’s,” accompanied the congregation in the singing of the hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” and the postlude, “For All The Saints.”

The Rev. Truscott led the congregation in reciting Psalm 23 in unison and the sending forth. The Old Testament scripture reading, Psalm 16:5-1, was offered by Ray’s grandson, Chris Danusiar and the New Testament scripture reading, John 14:1-7, was offered by his grandson, Mark Gibson. The congregation listened to special music “I Can Only Imagine,” sung solo by Mr. Little’s granddaughter, Karen Gibson, accompanied by his granddaughters Amy Danusiar and Kelly Hornick.

Committal services with military honors followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Arlington where the Rev. Truscott offered burial rites and prayers of committal. Serving as bearers were grandsons, Kevin Little, Mark Gibson, Chris Danusiar and Chuck Arel, and great-grandsons Jake Hornick and Zach Gibson.

The American flag that draped the veteran’s casket was folded by VFW Post 6471 Manchester Color Guard members Tom Hayes and Steve Byrne and presented to Mr. Little’s wife Rachel by Steve Byrne. Taps and echo was sounded by Maurice Rancourt. A time of fellowship and refreshments followed the committal service at Bailey Hall, which was coordinated by members of the church.

Ray Norman Little, of Dutch Lane in Arlington, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 2004, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Arrangements were under the care of Hanson-Walbridge Arlington Chapel, Route 7A, Arlington.
Published in Bennington Banner from Dec. 8 to Dec. 13, 2004
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