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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ollie Onene Littrell Curtis: Born March 13, 1917

re-posted from 2010
Past Birthday Celebrations [b.3-13-1917] for the last surviving child of John D. and Kizzie Z. Comer Littrell were held in her home and then at Ryan's in Sikeston, MO. before her years made the celebration to difficult for her.  The last one was held in 2006.  These dinners have served as sort of a reunion event since the discontinuance of the Wappapello reunions.
Onene passed away 12-30-2010.

-click the picture to view a slide show of Onene’s Birthday Dinners-
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Onene Littrell-Curtis & baby, possibly Rueben, OJ or Les (even though the inscription says JD).
Onene and JD were only five years apart, OJ was 9 years younger than Onene, Leslie 11, and Rubin 13 years younger. Onene is believed to be 13 years old in the picture based on her memory of the picture being taken when she got her first pair of shoes on her 13th birthday.
Bert and Onene
Bert & Ollie Onene (Littrell) Curtis
Missouri circa 1936/37
Onene met Bert when he was running sugar for Moonshiners.


Monday, March 5, 2018

John L. Littrell: Memorial

JL is the grandson of John D. & Kizzie (Comer) Littrell

John L. Littrell, of Hazelwood, MO, entered into eternal rest after a courageous battle, on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at the age of 67. Loving husband of 43 wonderful years to Sharon Littrell; beloved son of Mary Evelyn Barron and the late Leslie Littrell; devoted father of Jennifer Bruer and John R. (Candice) Littrell; cherished grandfather of Dalanie Littrell, Addison Bruer, Savannah Littrell, and Collin Bruer; dearest step-brother of Robert (Laurie) Barron, Eugenie (Ken) Ytuarte, and Emerson (Diane) Barron; dear brother-in-law of Pam (Mike) Kokoszka, and Dianne (Jim) Gould;

John proudly served his country with honor in the United States Navy. He was the founder and owner of John Littrell Irrigation, which spanned a 30 year career. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, and walks in the woods. He was a friendly and generous man, who never met a stranger. John will be remembered for his kind and nurturing nature, who was a beloved husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to Grace Church STL Bereavement Ministry.

more on the family of Leslie ‘Les’ Littrell
more on: First Cousins: The Last Generation?

Thursday, March 1, 2018

First Cousins: The Last Generation?

reposted March 1, 2018

WHO ARE THE 1st COUSINS? GDL-2011 (17)

Jesse Daniel Littrell Family:GRL-12 (23)

Gary Russell, Mike (Malcolm) Gene, Jesse Dolan, Ronald Lyvonne

2002 TSL Reunion (16)Christine
Mary Christine
Willa Dean Littrell Brown
Willa Dean
Jesse Daniel & Viola Littrell Family
Bud & Geneva

not pictured: Teresia Beatrice & Otis Carl

Verily Viola “Sis” Littrell Johnston Family:OLC-11d (1)Mable Lurene & Verily BerniceLJO-1d (2)crpdJ. Fred

More 1st Cousins photos

Living First Cousins (23)

W. Dean Littrell, Gary R. Littrell, J. Fred Littrell, M. Lurene Johnston, Martha Rae Curtis, Rex Littrell, Bill Davis, J. Darlene Thurman, Ann M. Thurman, Mike (Malcolm) G. Littrell, Mary Catherine Littrell, Sheila D. Littrell, Monte L. Thurman, Troy L. Littrell, Glenn D. Littrell, Fred G. Littrell, Joyce Davis, Richard (Rick) N. Littrell,
Pam Davis, B. Rachelle Littrell, Janet P. Littrell, Orville J. Littrell, Wallace (Wally) J. Littrell

Even though there are some spouses of John & Kizzie's children still living the passing of Onene Littrell-Curtis at the end of 2010  meant there are no surviving children of our common ancestors, John and Kizzie. Onene was the last of her generation. The 1st Cousins (the grandchildren of John & Kizzie) are now the current eldest generation.

Most, but surprisingly not all, of the first cousins know each other.

Beginning with the migration of the family from Tennessee to southeast Missouri in 1932 John and Kizzie left their oldest daughter Viola, ‘Sis’, in Tennessee where she remained the rest of her life and raised her family. Jesse, who had also remained in Tennessee until the family’s moonshine adventure forced him and his family to join his parents in Missouri would settle in the St. Louis area. Eventually Les and Red would also settle in St. Louis and Rubin and Noble in Ohio and Indiana, respectively. JD would travel the world as a career soldier and sailor before joining Rubin in Indianapolis. OJ, Letha Mae, Bertha and Onene would remain in the boot heel area of Missouri. Two children would pass without offspring.* 

So with 3 siblings in St. Louis, 4 siblings in southeast Missouri, 1 sibling in Tennessee, 2 siblings in Indianapolis, the children of John & Kizzie were spread out pretty good over a 5 state area. Even so, with reunions and holidays the family saw each other enough that most of John and Kizzie’s grandchildren, the first cousins, came to know each other.

But John and Kizzie passed and as their children grew older the get ‘togethers’ became less frequent. The first cousins children grew and also spread out as they settled. For years  the occasional reunion and too many funerals were the only times most of the first cousins saw each other. As their children grew that generation has come to know little of their family history and of their own generation. That generation, the great grandchildren of John and Kizzie are for the most part total strangers to each other and their heritage.

This family has reached the point where if we rely on the funerals of first cousins to unite us in the future the ties to each other, John, Kizzie, Jesse, Noble, etc. will be lost. No longer will anybody be able to say ‘That’s a Littrell for you’, and even if they did who would really know what that means?

This is the reason some of us put so much effort into attending and effecting the attendance at family reunions, as well as the website and Facebook group page. We hope you all will get involved. You may not know anyone at the reunions, but I promise you we don’t bite.

5th Annual John & Kizzie Littrell Family Reunion
October 17, 2015
Between Grandin
Doniphan Missouri


Deceased First Cousins (13)

Bertha M. Johnston (1939-1941)
Otis Carl Littrell (1942-1945)
Martha A. Johnston (1941-1947)
Ronnie Dale Davis (1947-1947)
Felecia E. Littrell (1959-1966)
Jerry G. Davis (1952-1967)
T. Beatrice Littrell (1932-1974)
J. Dolan Littrell (1933-1990)
R. Lyvonne (Vaughn) Littrell (1940-1992)
Richard R. Littrell (????-????)
V. Bernice Johnston (1937-1998)
M. Christine Littrell (1938-20??)
Christopher (Chris) D. Littrell, 1966-2015
John L. (JL) Littrell, 1950-2018

 *Troy Lee ‘Dick’ Littrell died at age 22 in Missouri.  There is evidence and tradition that Kizzie had another child who either died at birth or soon thereafter in Tennessee.


Noble James Littrell Family:
JL-2011 (44)crpd

Ollie Onene Littrell Curtis Family:
Martha Rae Curtis Savat
Martha Rae

Bertha Ann Littrell Thurman Family:

OLC-4 (1)crpd

Anna Marie & Joyce Darlene 

OLC-5d (2)

Monte Linden

Redford “Red” Littrell Family:

Fred Littrell


Janet Littrell
Janet Pandora

John Daniel “JD” (Junior Dolan) Littrell Family:
GDL-2012 (122)
Troy Lee, Richard Noble & Glenn David

Letha Mae Littrell Davis Family:
2012 Reunion (Oct)
Joyce, Billy Lee & Pam
Jerry Davis Jerry Gale Davis,

not pictured:  Ronnie Dale Davis.

O.J. Littrell Family:
Mary,Wally,Sheila, Chris & Orvile
Mary Catherine, Wallace “Wally” James, Sheila Diane, Christopher David & Orville John.

Leslie Littrell Family:
MLC-2011 (6)
John L. “JL” Littrell

Albert Rubin Littrell Family:

MLC-1d (9)crpd

Richard Rubin, Felicia Ann & Betty Rachelle 

note: Even though I have hundreds of family pictures many have yet to be digitized. If you have a better picture of someone then send it to me and I’ll switch it in. We will have a scanner at the reunion if you want to bring pictures' to be scanned and put on next years DVD/CD and the websites and books.

As always if I have mis-identified someone let me know.


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