Melvin Weaver Little, 75, passed away on June 26, 2021 at Lincoln Park Manor. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico on October 22, 1945 to the late Ruby R. (Rice) Little and Elbert L. Little, Jr. He is survived by sister Alice Stroud of Eugene, Oregon, twin brother Gordon Little and sister-in-law Vicki Little of Kettering, cousins David and John Rice Irwin of Clinton, Tennessee, and nieces and nephews Crystal Stroud, Chandra Little, Hilary Mannan and Jason Little, great-niece Tejah McCommas and great-nephews Ziven McCommas and Levi Mannan. Raised in Arlington, Virginia, Melvin graduated from Wakefield High School in 1963, attended the University of Richmond and earned a BA in Botany from George Mason University in 1991. A lifelong nature enthusiast, he served as a volunteer naturalist at parks in Virginia and Ohio. Melvin loved music of all types with special passion for 50s-60s rock and roll, bluegrass and classical forms, amassing a sizeable record collection. He was also devoted to researching family history and authored “Henry Rice, The Pioneer Gristmiller and His Twelve Children” documenting the descendants of his ancestor. After moving to Kettering in 2000, Melvin developed a keen interest in local sports and performing arts organizations, becoming a frequent spectator at Kettering Fairmont events, UD Flyer games and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts. He was a regular participant in Lathrem Senior Center activities and was proud of his 100-pound weight loss achieved through Weight Watchers. Donations may be made to the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance or the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton Tennessee. Family will receive friends from 2-4 pm Wednesday June 30, 2021 at Morris Sons Funeral Home 1771 E. Dorothy Ln. Kettering, Ohio. Condolences maybe sent to morris-sons.com
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