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Douglas Hamilton Little


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Douglas Hamilton Little Obituary
VERNON -- Douglas Hamilton Little, of Highland Lakes, passed peacefully on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, attended by family at Care One in Morristown after a brief illness at age 78.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1939, in Pawtucket, R.I., and was the

loving son of Merrill and Marion Little and devoted brother to Fredric.

His early years were spent growing up in New England, where he loved living on a farm and playing baseball. By 1953 his father, Merrill's, career took the family to South Carolina, where he attended high school and met his one true love, Patsey Ann Harbin. He attended Anderson Boy's High School for two years before the family moved back to the Northeast, but he never forgot Patsey. When he graduated from high school he applied to Clemson University in the hopes of being closer to her, and by 1960 they were married.

In 1961, Douglas joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Danang Airforce Base during the Vietnam War, achieving the level of airman first class E3. Doug and Patsey had their first child, Brenda Katherine, in 1962 while he was still in the service. After his honorable discharge in 1966, their second child, Robert, was born.

Doug began his career in the textile industry and attended school nights to finish his college degree in economics at the University of North Carolina. Doug moved several times throughout his career until finding a job at S. Goldberg and Sons in Hackensack, where he ultimately became plant superintendent and moved to his home in Highland Lakes.

Doug had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tease as a way of showing affection. He loved dogs and, after his retirement in 2002, he trained and competed in German Shepherd breed competitions as a hobby. He loved to discuss world events and politics and brought a unique perspective to those conversations. Doug was also an avid golfer and played several times a week in retirement with friends and shared his love of the sport with his son.

His journey to a deeper faith began the day a Jehovah's Witness knocked on his door and Doug invited him in to learn more. Doug found a deep connection to the church and threw himself into learning everything he could and spreading the good news to all he knew and with every interaction. His final wish was to be baptized as a Witness before his passing, which he was able to do with the help of his wonderful brothers and sisters at his Kingdom Hall, the staff at his hospital and his son.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Jehovah's Witness Warwick, N.Y., Kingdom Hall, 17 Ryerson Road, Warwick, NY 10990. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Warwick Kingdom Hall.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Aug. 9, 2018
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