Jesse Thomas Little, III

Jesse Thomas Little, III

Suffolk , VA
09.26.1968 - 07.11.2020

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

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R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home
509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States

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Meadowbrook Memorial and Cremation Gardens
4569 Shoulders Hill Rd.
Suffolk , VA 23435
United States


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

Clifford and Marie Sandefur

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

RIH Jessie🙏🏾

Telfphanie Lassiter

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

Myesha Snead

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

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

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

Shameka Council

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

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

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

My deepest condolences to the family. Especially shavonda. Jesse was a great guy and i had the pleasure to work with him at walmart. Jesse was a kind hearted guy who worked hard and enjoyed his worked. Jesse love his wife dearly. Shavonda i know it will take time but remember you have alot of support and still have us st walmart to. Always here for you . Jesse rest in peace buddy. Will miss you

Teresa richardson

My deepest sympathies go out to Shavonda and the entire family. He will truly be missed. I had the pleasure of working with him at Walmart and he was always there to lend help and a listening ear. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gail Taylor

Sorry for your loss family and friends.My heart goes out to you all! RIP Jessie 🙏🏾

Arnetra Love

My condolences to the family. Jesse was a good friend to me. I miss working at Walmart with him and playing a round of golf after. Miss you. Prayers for the family

Justin Taylor

So sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. I went to school with Jesse. He was an awesome guy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jessie's family and friends.

Gayle Eason Speed

Dear Jesse & Shavonda, our hearts are breaking for both of you and all those that loved Tommy. He was such a special person and such a joy to you both and all those that knew him. We pray that all the wonderful loving memories you both have will carry you both through these difficult days ahead. We will always have you both in our hearts & prayers! He will always be in our hearts and remembered with love. Linwood & Nancy Rowe

Linwood & Nancy Rowe

So sorry for Jessie God Bless to you and your Family. Me and Jessie started with Walmart about the same time. He was amazing worker who went out of his way to help anyone . He a kind heart and always had a smile no matter how his day was going. He will be missed . RIP Jessie.

John Bryant

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you Shavonda and Uncle Jesse during this very difficult time.
May God give you peace, comfort and strength now and always. He is close to the broken hearted and He is with you.
Those in Christ are only temporarily separated from our loved ones when we leave this earth, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! With salvation comes the wonderful gift of eternal life, and we will be reunited in Heaven for all of eternity. What a joy and comfort it is to know that!
I will always remember Tommy's beautiful smile and sweet personality ❤
With my sincerest love, Darlene

Darlene (Collins) Miller

I've known Jessie for 23yrs was awsome man kind, careing,hard worker he had a great spirit he was one of a kind he is missed and will continue to be missed god blessed him by giving him his solemate to go through life with something most search for all thier lives shavonda and family my heart goes out to you jessie may our paths cross again one day in heaven rest in heaven

Marcia Holmes

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