Hampton Stennis Little, Jr., age 83, born in Meridian, MS to Kathryn Dale Little and Hampton Stennis Little passed away on July 7, 2017 in Nashville, TN. He is also preceded in death by sister, Patricia Culpepper of Oxford, MS.
Stennis is survived by his daughter, Kathryn Reynolds (Wayne) of Nashville; son, Michael S. Little (Jennifer) of Tupelo, MS; grandchildren, Coleman Little, Taylor Reynolds, Hampton Francis (Jordan), Olivia Francis, Daniel Francis and Ava Little; great granddaughter, Alora Little; brother, Thomas Little M.D. of Meridian, MS and Sun Valley, Idaho; and mother of his children, Susan Little Riggs.
Stennis was a graduate of Meridian High School and later received a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University, a law degree from University of Mississippi and a graduate law degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Stennis was a lawyers lawyer and highly respected in the legal field. He has practiced tax law in Nashville since 1968. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. before coming to Nashville. While in private practice, he was a leader in developing professional corporations and their employment benefit plans mainly for doctors in the late 60s, 70s, and early 80s. He formed well over 600 professional corporations in the mid- south along with their pension, profit-sharing, and estate planning. He was a lecturer in law at Vanderbilt Law School, teaching pension planning (a course he designed) accounting for lawyers and corporate tax planning. After being with the government, he founded a tax law firm in 1970 and the firm grew to 12 tax and business lawyers. During this time he practiced law in the US Tax Court, US Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Courts. He had been a member of the Tennessee, Mississippi, Nashville, and American Bar Associations. He also served as a chairman of the Audit committee of the Tennessee Bar Association for 5 years. He had been a member of the Nashville Estate Planning Council and was listed in the book, The Best Lawyers in America.
Stennis was formerly a trial attorney for the US Department of Justice, tax division where he received a letter of commendation from the United States Attorney General for a jury tax trial in Birmingham in the late 60s. He tried cases for the department of Justice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. He appeared before more than 20 federal judges while he was working for the Department of Justice as well as working in private practice. He was retired from his most recent law firm, Little, House & Griffith.
While serving on active duty in the Navy, before going to law school, he received a letter of commendation from the commanding officer of the Mediterranean fleet while working with the Marines in Lebanon in 1958. He was in charge of a 37 man detachment that was sent in with the Marines to Beirut. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Commander and was in charge of a Naval reserve unit in Nashville during the 70s.
He was a member of the downtown YMCA, where he trained for triathlons and a marathon and was an active participant for 40 years. He was also an avid supporter of Mississippi State University and their athletic teams where his father was captain of the football and baseball teams in the 20s. He was member of the First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road in Nashville.
Stennis will be remembered by his family as a man who loved the Lord and his church and was always kind and helpful to his children and grandchildren. His love for the Bulldogs, and his integrity and wisdom will remain in the hearts of his family for generations to come.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 12 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Stanford Chapel, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN. A one hour visitation will be held prior to the service at the church in the Cheek House. Burial to follow at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on McCrory Ln. in Nashville, TN.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to H. Stennis Judge Little, Sr. Scholarship, MSU Foundation Attn: Heather Andrews P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Published on July 10, 2017