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Herman I. Little passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at the age of 67. He and his wife of almost 46-years, Molly Claire Vestal Little, had moved from Kingwood, near Houston, to a new Hill Country home, which together they had built near Boerne, Texas. Mr. Little was born in Salt Lake City on September 30, 1944, the son of a career Air Force officer. As a young boy he lived in many states including Alaska, Hawaii, and Virginia where at age nine he first met Molly at Columbia Baptist Church. After graduating from Punahou School in Honolulu, he won a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. Mr. Little received his B.A. in history from OU and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. After completing the Marine infantry course, he served as a platoon commander and company officer, and saw combat in Vietnam. After his military separation, Mr. Little attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded his J.D. in 1972. After graduation, he clerked for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, followed by service as assistant attorney general under Texas AG, John Hill. Mr. Little later was recruited by the elite, Houston-based law firm of Smith and Murdaugh; during his distinguished 35-year legal career, Mr. Little earned full partnership status with the firm as reflected in the change of the firm's name to Smith, Murdaugh, Little and Bonham, LLP. He was an acknowledged expert in development law whose legal advice was widely sought by municipal utility districts across the state.
Mr. Little's life away from the law was marked by an even greater accomplishment as a devout and capable leader in his church affiliations throughout his entire life. He was a figurative pillar of responsible leadership at Kingwood First Baptist Church for more than 25-years, as reflected in his building committee chairmanship for the church's major expansion in the late 1980s. He also served as trustee, deacon, Bible study leader, and played string bass in the church orchestra. His unswerving commitment to his faith was a shining beacon that led others by the example that he set. The loving family that survives him gave him great strength and capacity, while his compassionate heart provided comfort, encouragement, and generous friendship to all those who knew him. His loss will be deeply felt because he gave every last measure of his gifts with nothing expected in return. While he knew himself and his course in life, he died knowing too that God, his wife, and his family loved him dearly. In addition to his wife, his daughters Jennifer, Mary Claire, their husbands Matt and John, grandchildren Emma, Cooper, Rose, and Annaclaire, and sisters Marilyn and Elaine, along with a large and loving extended family, survive him.
A memorial service will be held at Kingwood First Baptist Church on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Herman and Mary Jane Little Scholarship Fund at the Texas Baptist Children's Home, 1301 North Mays St., Round Rock, TX 78664 www.childrenattheheartministries.org, or the Kingwood First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339. To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Mr. Little's life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the Obituaries tab.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne, TX.


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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 8, 2012.
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March 20, 2012
Molly and family,
You and Herman were such a gift to our growth as Christians. We will treasure the time spent with both of you in FOCUS class. So many times Herman put such thought and depth into his comments that we'd be discussing his perspective between us long after class was over. And his reaching out to Mark after Mark's stroke - Herman's compassion and genuine concern, going out of his way to reassure him - touched Mark deeply. You and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers, and we send you our heartfelt sympathy.
Mark & Linda Riesch
March 20, 2012
I heard his service was beautiful! Again, my condolences to Mrs. Little and all his family and friends.
Miriam Trost
March 12, 2012
I met Mr. Little five years ago at a Board meeting, and from then on saw him once a month for about an hour at each subsequent meeting until he retired. He was the nicest lawyer I ever met. He was so good at putting everyone at ease and making the meetings interesting and enjoyable. He would patiently explain everything and make you feel that you were the most important person in the room. His untimely death came as a great shock and my condolences go to his family.
Cathy Athearn
March 10, 2012
On behalf of myself, my family and Settlers Village, I want to extend my very deepest sympathies for your loss. He was instrumental in helping put my neighborhood back on its feet. I learned more about Herman at his service today than I had learned since I met him over 10 years ago. He was quite guy and he will be missed. God Bless You all.
Steve Breard
March 8, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Herman touched many lives in a positive way and we were blessed to have known him. We missed his rich input in our Focus class at KFBC. May God bless you and comfort you during this time.

William and Vivian Speegle
March 8, 2012
I would agree with Gary, as Herman was very good & caring to both myself and my children (his niece Heather, and his nephews Jason & Wyatt).Heather shared with me how wonderful it was to have Herman & Molly visit her in England sometime ago. Our Thoughts & Prayers to Molly & Family. Don Libby(Bangor,ME)
Don Libby
March 8, 2012
My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Mr. Little's family, friends, associates and partners in law. I am truly thankful to have worked for Mr. Little as his secretary for ten years and am eternally grateful for the abundance of knowledge I gained under his employ. Words cannot express my condolences for those suffering such a loss with his untimely death. In Jesus' name, I pray the Lord will grant solace to all those who are mourning, as I also mourn.
Miriam Trost
March 7, 2012
Uncle Herman was by far the most gentle and caring man I have met. UH was a man who believed in 'Family First' and reminded me of this as recently as December 17th 2011. I will always be honored to have been able to call him "Uncle". Aunt Molly, my family's prayers are with you.
Gary Byrne
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