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HISTORIC BRAMWELL MAYOR - ROBERT T. LITTLE

ROBERT T. LITTLE (1860 - 1933 )

Birth: Apr. 9, 1860 in North Carolina.

Death: Jan. 7, 1933 in Bramwell, WV.

Historic Bramwell's mayor in 1884 was Mayor R. T. Little. He also served at later times as the town's Postmaster and a Sergeant in the Police Department. Mr. Little was married to Evelyn Belle Gore Little (1863 - 1946). Both are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bluewell, WV.

From Bluefield Daily Telegraph - January 8, 1933:

Funeral Service Monday Robert T. Little Sr., 72 , widely known and highly esteemed citizen of Bramwell, died at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home. News of his passing caused a feeling of genuine and heartfelt sorrow throughout this entire section. Mr. Little had been critically ill for sometime. Members of his family and friends were encouraged Friday when a marked improvement was noted in his condition. However, Friday night his condition took a sudden turn for the worse and his death followed early yesterday afternoon, the direct cause being pneumonia.

He was born at Milton, N. C. on April 9, 1860. Mr. Little came to this section when a young man and for the forty eight years resided at Bramwell, where he was beloved and respected by every citizen. His business activities for many years had been confined principally to life insurance in which he has made considerable success. During his long residence In Bramwell he had taken an unusual interest in civic affairs ot his town. He had served as mayor, postmaster and sergeant. He occupied the latter office at the time of his death. He was very active in the Masonlc fraternity. He became a member of Bramwell Lodge No. 45. on August 18. 1899. In September of the same year he became a member of Ivanhoe Commandery, Knights Templar. He was also a member of Beni Kedem Temple, Mystic Shrine. He served as worshipful master of his lodge, high priest of his chapter. For nine years he was district deputy and master and for twelve years deputy inspector and lecturer in Royal Arch Masonry. He was also secretary of his lodge and chapter for a long period of time and recorder of the comvandery. During the this thirty five year period had attended a greater majority of the annual meetings of the Grand lodge and chapter, and formed a statewide acquaintance in Maconry. Mr. Little was a member of the Bramwell Methodist church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eva B. Little, eight children and ten grand children. Mrs. W. M. Guy, J. A. Little and Louis G. Little, all of Bramwell; Mrs W. A. Bishop, of Pocahontas; Thomas A. Little, of Kansas City, Mo.; R. T. Ltttle Jr., Bluefleld;, B. B. Steel, of Williamsburg, VA., and A. P. Little, of Sheffield, Iowa; all of whom were at his bedside when the end came.

Funeral services will be held at the Masonic Temple, Bramwell, Monday afternoon at 2:30; conducted by the Rev, S. H. Austin and assisted by the Rev. W. H. Foard. Burial will follow at Woodlawn cemetery.

Other Pioneer Mayors of the Town of Bramwell:

J. A. Waddell (Unknown) - Six term Mayor of Bramwell. Mayor at time of 1910 Town fire. Following the fire Bramwell's Mayor J. A. Waddell said that the fire destroyed twenty-one buildings in that town and that the estimated loss is over $200,000. He said that every business was been burned. The town was under martial law. When Bramwell was rebuilt following the fire, economic and social life flourished in the town for the next two decades.

MAYOR R. L. PARSONS

JOHN D. HEWITT, SR. - BRAMWELL'S FIRST MAYOR

MAYOR JOHN D. HEWITT'S SON: JOHN D. HEWITT, JR.

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