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Calvin L. Little

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Calvin L. Little, 69, of Cleveland, passed on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, in a Chattanooga hospital.

He grew up in Okahumpka and Leesburg, Florida, and later moved to Albion, New York, where he completed his education at Hudson Valley Community College and Utica College in Utica, New York. From Utica, Calvin began his work career at Bendix in Green Island, New York, and worked his way up from quality control analyst to becoming the first Black plant manager. He was transferred to Cleveland, where that Bendix plant eventually became Honeywell. He and his wife, Tanya, also became owners of the local restaurant in Cleveland called “The Spot.” The family moved to Illinois where Calvin took another plant manager position at Brake Parts in McHenry, Illinois; and upon retirement, he was operations manager of Mathews Company in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

He loved golfing and gardening and had quite a green thumb. He was a whiz at remodeling and repairing things and loved the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys.

Calvin was preceded in death by his mother, Micque Paxton Little; father, George Little; and two brothers, George Little Jr. and Charles Marvin Little.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Tanya Harrell Little; daughter, Tiffany H. Little; son, Lenier H. Little; granddaughters, Alexis R. Cooper and Miah C. Little; three grandsons, Kenyon Ja’rell Marsh, Justus W. Little and Jacoby D. Little; sisters, Lavenia Knight (Joe), Rosetta McKenzie, Barbara Ann Williams (William) and Phyllis Little; brother-in-law, William Harrell (Lil) of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters-in-law, Christine Harewood (Les) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Diane Pompey (Ken) of Albany, New York, and Phyllis Tarver Little of Cleveland; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends in a walk-through visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, in the chapel of M.D. Dotson & Sons Funeral Home in Cleveland.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3720 N. Quarters Road, Okahumpka, Florida, with Pastor, the Rev. Dennis Adams officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church on Saturday, and at Eastside Funeral Home, 210 Knott St., Leesburg, Florida, on Friday evening.

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