Joanne Eva Little

Joanne Eva (Watier) Little, 72, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. She was a native of Sanford, Maine, and had been a resident of Bena, VA for 42 years.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 48 years, Dean Michael Little, Sr. (Mike), her parents, Oscar F. and Antonette P. Watier, and her sister, Paula Jean Watier Posey.

She is survived by her son, Dean Michael Little, Jr. (Mikey), her sister, Eileen (Edmund) Zavada, her brother, Michael (Clarissa) Watier, and her grandsons, Dean Michael Little III (Little Mikey) and Brantley Kenneth Little. Joanne had three very dear nieces, Dawn Matthews, Heather Kellam, and Antoinette Posey. Joanne’s family shared their life with a special person, Jamie Lee Green who they always called the “stepson” and Claudia Little Rosen, friend, neighbor, and sister-in-law cannot be forgotten.

Joanne was a graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, VA, class of 1968. After graduation, she went to work at Wythe Tire Company in Hampton, VA. It was there she met the “love of her life” Mike. They were married on March 16, 1974. They both worked together in the family tire business, Tire City in Newport News, VA for many years.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Interment to follow at 3:00 p.m. in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery, 3501 Providence Road, Hayes, VA.

With heartfelt thanks to many people for their thoughts, prayers and unwavering help cannot be forgotten.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Brittney Townsend Hopkins

    We will miss you deeply, but are comforted in knowing you are in the most amazing place surrounded by family and friends, especially your soulmate. We promise to stay close to your boys. Love you Jo-Jo.

  2. Brittney Townsend Hopkins

    We will miss you deeply, but are comforted in knowing you are in the most amazing place surrounded by family and friends, especially your soulmate. We promise to stay close to your boys. Love you Jo-Jo

  3. Cheryl Penny

    Joanne there are no words to express your love for your family and friends. it was a deep love which you so often said. I’ll certainly miss my visits and phone calls. Each visit since February you always asked how did you get through the grieving from the loss of Tommy. I always tried to comfort you the best way I could. I now know you are so happy to be reunited with the love of your life “Mike” may you RIP in the arms with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  4. Gary & Stella Harris

    Mickey, Gary and I couldn’t believe when we heard of your Mom’s passing. Gary has always thought so much of your parents. It’s so tough to lose our parents. Prayers for comfort to you and your family.

  5. Clayton and Cristin Robens

    Mike and family~ Please accept our sincerest condolences. May God provide comfort for you in these times of sorrow.

  6. Dwayne

    To the Little family, I am just learning of the passing of my dear friend Joanne. For about 8 years I was the State Trooper that supervised the State Inspection program at Tire City allowing me the wonderful privilege of knowing both Mike and Joanne. Many times after I got sick and would come into the shop Joanne would always have me step back to her desk and sit where she would very much like the Christian she was give me a Motherly pep-talk. Joanne will surely be missed. In His Divine way God has joined Mike and Joanne together once again so together they can trod the streets of pure gold in the Father’s Kingdom.
    Joanne and Mike what a Blessed Honor to have known you both and call you friends. To the Little family, please allow me to offer this phrase of comfort. “Our memories are gifts from God that death can never destroy. When a loved one dies and returns home to be with the Holy Father that gift becomes a most Divine Treasure kept in the Hands of Jesus Christ. Much love to all of you.
    Master Trooper Dwayne M. Davis(ret)
    Commonwealth of Virginia Department of State Police

  7. Michael Brookman

    I knew Mike and Joanne Little for many years. My father-in-law worked at Tire City when Mikes father Frank ran the business. I visited Mike and Joanne many times at Tire City. Joanne was always in the background working in the office keeping the books. She always greeting me happily when I saw her. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to her son Mikey and family.

  8. Ann Britt

    Prayers and our families condolences to her family and friends, Rest in heavenly peace our friend and sister in Christ Jesus! Joann you will not be forgotten and will treasure our friendship for life .

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