Dr. Theodore (Doc Little) Little, 76, of Shelbyville entered into rest at 3:00 a.m. Sunday (October 30, 2011) at the Shelbyville Manor after a short hospitalization at which time a brain tumor was diagnosed.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Kevin Ray officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Memorials may be made to the Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Dr. Little was born October 21, 1935 to Homer E. and Brosia (Gibson) Little in Shelby County.

He attended Stewardson-Strasburg High School graduating in 1953. He attended Eastern Illinois University and Millikin University for undergraduate studies. He then went on to the University of Illinois-Chicago to attend medical school, graduating in 1965. He then completed a one year rotating internship at Decatur Memorial Hospital. His first practice was started at St. Rose, Illinois. He subsequently moved on to practice in Highland and Litchfield before returning to Shelbyville, where he practiced to the age of 75.

Dr. Little was an avid hunter and fisherman. In addition, he was a musician, winning the 1965 Illinois State Fiddling Championship.

Survivors are his children, Dr. Tony Little (Jeni) of Ft. Smith, AR, Joseph Little of Decatur, Angie Kramer, RN (Randy) of Decatur, Tim Little, RT (Kristin) of Louisville, KY, Ted Little, Jr. of Highland and Tom Little of Highland. He also leaves 8 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Brosia Little.

The family extends their thanks for all the prayers and thoughts offered by so many and also to the staff and nurses of Shelby Memorial Hospital for their outstanding care and compassion in caring for our father. A special thanks Dr Agapito for his professional, concerned and caring way. Dr. Little had the privilege of mentoring and working with Dr. Agapito upon his arrival to the community years ago. Special thanks to Jill Lacheta, office manager for Dr. Little for her years of service, loyalty and friendship.