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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: LITTLETON; Orval Phiiiip-9/7/2005-USA/TX
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 16:35:38 +0100

Orval Phillip Littleton Jr.

ORVAL PHILLIP LITTLETON, JR. (O.P.) (JR.) October 17, 1925 - July 9, 2005
""well done, good and faithful servant"enter thou into the joy of the Lord."
Matthew 25:23. God's perfect hands threaded the needle that began the
tapestry of this servant's life in Madill, Oklahoma. Born to Mable Holland
Littleton and Orval Littleton, he was raised there with sister Wyota Jean,
until he graduated from Kingston High School. Immediately, enlisting in the
Navy to serve the country he loved, he was shipped off as a gunner's mate on
the USS Iowa to the South Pacific in World War II. After completing his
service, he was honorably discharged and continued his service in the Navy
Reserves. From there, he entered The University of Texas engineering
program, knowing from the beginning he wanted to be an electrical engineer.
During this time, he met and married Claudia Hathcock. They shared a life of
joy with their 2 children Olivette (Cannon) and Claude. God blessed him with
a loving son-in-law, Dave, and daughter-in-law, Raynell and 6 grandchildren,
Lauren, Carly and Matt Cannon and Chad, Macey, and Kaley Littleton. They
were his pride and joy. The Lord called Claudia home in 1993, after 42 years
of marriage. He and Claudia began raising their family in Arlington, Texas,
while he worked for General Dynamics. The lure of exploring outer space and
putting men on the moon brought him to Houston with NASA in 1961. He enjoyed
an exciting and fulfilling career pursuing his dream for over 30 years.
Always active in his church, he served as an usher, MYF counselor, and on
numerous boards and commissions at Park Place Methodist and First United
Methodist in Houston. When he wasn't working, you could find him offshore in
the Gulf of Mexico fishing with a boat full of family and friends, in the
stands at a UT Football game, watching his grandkid's activities, having fun
and riding jet skis on the lake, or cutting a rug on the dance floor. The
blessing of an extra panel in this tapestry was revealed when he returned to
a Kingston high school reunion and met Dayna Smith-Danner. They were married
and shared 11 years with her daughter Jamie and son-in-law Travis Dyer and
extended family. They lived in Durant, Oklahoma, near where he was born and
raised. The final knot was tied with all of those he loved, family and
friends by his side. The beautiful tapestry that was woven and spun through
his life is an example to us all of a life lived in complete faith. He was a
simple man, with his greatest desire being to align himself with "His
perfect will" and to tell others of the Good News. He lived the Great
Commission as described by St. Paul. "My life is worth nothing unless I use
it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling
others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love." Acts 20:24.
We wish to express a special thanks to Dorothy Beames, a family friend and
nurse, for her loving care and kindness in ministering to him and our
families at the hospital. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with
the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Tuesday, the 12th
of July at Forest Park Lawndale. A memorial service to celebrate his life
will be held at Forest Park Lawndale on Wednesday, July 13th at 11:00 a.m.
One of his numerous life's lessons was "Never let a day go by without
learning something new." In honor of his life long love for reading and
learning, the family suggests you donate a book to a library, or better yet,
buy one for yourself that you've been meaning to get and enjoy it. "Then you
will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32.

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