Virginia Jean Corbin Little, 97, of Alexandria, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on April 24, 2019. She was born on January 29, 1922, to the late Franklin Eugene and Pansy Mae Fuls Corbin in Mulhul, Oklahoma. She spent her formative years near her birth place and endured both the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, which made her the determined and spunky lady she became. Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, in January 1942, she “migrated” to Washington, DC, where she served at the War Department until the end of World War II when she married Cpl. Robert Clay Little, on August 6, 1944. They moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, before returning to the DC area in 1953, when they moved to Virginia Hills where they resided until they moved to Greenspring Village in 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 70 years; two sisters: Bonnie Belle Corbin Cooper and Goldie Mae Corbin Holt; her son, Franklin Ralph Little; and grandson, Brian Eugene Little. She is survived by her two sons: Jerry Lee Little (Ranae) and James Robert Little (Bonnie); three granddaughters: Gina L. Dunham (Mark), Lisa L. Phillips (Mike), and Regan L. Marshall (Matt); three great-granddaughters: Ashley Little, and Corbin and Emerson Marshall; one great-grandson, Seth Dunham; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Virginia spent most of her early married life as a stay-at-home mother until it was time to help send her three beloved sons to college. At that time she returned to work at the Army Materiel Command where she served for 21 years until her retirement in January 1985. She was an avid baker, seamstress, upholsterer, and craftswoman, and she especially loved selling her wares at church and other local craft fairs. She was also a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Alexandria where she volunteered much of her time.
A visitation will be held at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302, on April 30, from 6-8 pm; a visitation service will be held on May 1 from 11:00 am – 11:45 am followed by a Celebration Service at the Greenspring Village Chapel, 7410 Spring Village Dr, Springfield, VA. Interment will be at 1:00 pm at the Mount Comfort Cemetery, 6600 S. Kings Hwy, Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the First Christian Church of Alexandria, Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org), or to a charity of choice.
First Christian Church of Alexandria
2723 King Street, Alexandria VA 22302
P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011