Pastor Benny Ray Little died in his home on June 10, 2020, in Eastland, Texas from pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
Pastor Little was born on August 25, 1941 in Stockton, California to his parents Ray and Irene (Sims) Little. He was raised near Brownfield, Texas by his mother and stepfather, Earl Holland. He worked in sheet metal and welding, and in 1986 received Jesus as his savior and began to preach.
Pastor Little preached many revivals, in prisons and became pastor of Gospel Ministries at Lake Leon in 2007, where he served until his death. A prankster with a generous heart, who never met a stranger, and never tired of talking about Jesus, he was a fisherman of the truest sort, fishing the lake and being a ‘fisher of men’. He was also a dedicated husband to his wife, who he affectionately called “my Judy”.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Little of Eastland, Texas; his mother, Irene Holland of Brownfield, Texas; his sisters, Earline Dill of Lubbock, Texas; and Dana Liberatore, along with her husband, Phil, of Whittaker, California. He leaves behind his son, Brent Little, along with his wife Kim, of Phoenix, Arizona; daughter, Kristi Little of Eastland, Texas; grandson Matthew Little along with his wife, Tracie; grandson Keith Little along with his wife, Randy; and granddaughters, Star and Ivy Little. He has two great-granddaughters, Jacqueline Little and Claire MacKenzie, and great-grandson, Archibald Little. He will also be missed by his stepdaughters, Tammie Cheshire, Debbie Breazeale and Robin Hudson, all of Wylie, Texas, along with their families. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Little, his stepfather, Earl Holland, his brother, Gary Holland, and his eldest son, Ricky Little.
The viewing will be held Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Edwards Funeral Home in Eastland, Texas. The gravesite service will be held June 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Staff Cemetery on Staff Road in Eastland, Texas. A memorial will occur at a later date to celebrate his life.