Rev. Timothy Hugo Little, D.Min.

  • Born: May 28, 1936
  • Died: October 12, 2021
  • Location: Sacramento, California

Tribute & Message From The Family

Chaplain, Kind Soul, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Teacher

Message From The Family

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On Tuesday, October 12th, Timothy Hugo Little, D.Min transitioned peacefully in his sleep to the heavenly realm.

Tim, as he was affectionately known, was the second of three children born to Dr. Harriet L. Boardman and Dr. Archibald A. Little II on May 28, 1936 in Houston Texas. He was born prematurely, had no sight in one eye and very limited sight in the other. Despite his challenges, he was extremely independent and led a full, meaningful life. A kind man, he touched the lives of many in very positive ways.

He graduated from the Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. Tim went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Denison University in Ohio in 1958, his Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Cambridge, MA. He was ordained by the Boston Presbytery on May 28, 1962. He would return to Andover Newton to earn his Doctor of Ministry years later in 1977.

While attending Denison, he fell in love with Sandra Miskelly. They were married on November 28, 1959. They started a family shortly thereafter with the birth of Tim in November of1960, Chris in March of 1965, and the adoption of Wendy in 1965.

After seminary, Tim served as the lead pastor of Hyde Park Presbyterian Church. His true calling as a chaplain was revealed when he and Sandy moved their three children to Mount Pleasant, Iowa where he served as the Chaplain at the Mount Pleasant Mental Health Institute. As a Chaplain, Tim embraced the idea that faith comes in many forms and that honoring people and their self-selected religious views is essential to a more peaceful and just human family. After a few years in Iowa, he had an opportunity to serve as the Director of Chaplaincy Services and training at the Georgia Mental Health Institute until 1988. He served 10 years as a Theological Consultant to the Tuskegee VA Medical Center, an originating board member of Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia, and a long serving member of the Presbyterian Synod of the South. After 18 years of service in Georgia, Tim and Sandy moved to Sacramento where Tim was given the opportunity to develop and direct the newly formed program Clinical Pastoral Services, to train post graduate chaplains in a clinical setting and meet the needs of patients and staff at the University of California Davis Med Center. Throughout his professional career, Chaplin Little warmly touched many lives including patients and their families, but most importantly to him, his students who have continued his legacy of care, compassion, and concern for patients in hospitals, mental health clinics, prisons, and other institutions.

Chaplain Little served tirelessly on several national boards for clergy including the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Mental Health Chaplains, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the Association of Mental Health Clergy, the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the Presbyterian Health and Welfare Association. His leadership and commitment to civil rights and mental health issues were called upon to participate in challenging conversations regarding medical and mental health ethics. He participated and supported disability awareness, diversity and inclusion, Interfaith Unity, social justice and peacemaking, and served on bioethics and ADA committees. Tim was known for his steady, calm nature and was honored with numerous awards including the prestigious Boisen Award from the Association of Mental Health Clergy.

When Tim retired, he continued to mentor and encourage other chaplains, serving as an Area Certification Chair for the Association of Professional Chaplains, and was an active participant at Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ in Sacramento.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Nancy Norton and Kristin Lee, his wife Sandra Little, their dear friend Eloise Nielsen, and their loving dog Sam. He is survived and will be ever held in the hearts of his eldest son Tim Little, his wife Helen (Beth) Little and their children Kalinda Little and Kenai Little, his daughter Wendy Cooper and her children Maya Cooper, Iman Cooper, and James Cooper, and his youngest son Christopher Andriessen, his wife Lori Andriessen and their children Amanda Andriessen and Aidan Andriessen, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

The Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, October 30that 11AM at Pioneer Congregational Church, 2700 L Street, Sacramento, CA. It will also be streamed on YouTube and available for viewing during and after the service, at the channel Pioneer UCC.

In memory of Timothy's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to the California chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, at


Condolence & Memory Journal


Rev. Timothy, Eloise and Sam attended Pioneer Congregational United Church of Christ for many years. They always sat in the same pew and greeted each new arrival with warm smiles and asked "How was your week?" Tim recognized many by their voice and conversations followed. The Mahan Family sat directly behind them and Tim and Eloise always spoke to the children and allowed them to pet Sam. Tim had a firm handshake and gave wise counsel when asked. He was dedicated to Social Justice and an active member of Pioneer's Social Justice Committee. He leaves a legacy that will live through the lives of others for eons. He is missed.

Posted by Betsy Sue and Clyde Wilson - Newhall, CA - friend   October 30, 2021

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