Joe Earl Lyttle, Sr., entered into eternal rest on Saturday morning, June 11, 2022 at Riverside Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Smithfield, Virginia. He was born to the late George Lyttle and Pearl Lyttle on July 30,1937. Joe grew up in Surry, Va., and attended Surry County’s public schools. He was baptized at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, and he served as an usher. Joe worked at Smithfield Packing Company in Smithfield, Va., for more than 48 years, (Retired), traveling across the country. He was chosen “Driver of the Year” for Smithfield Packing Company. Joe started his own pulpwood company when he was just 17 years old. He was an avid farmer, raising many animals like cows, horses, pigs and farming various crops including peanuts and soybeans. After retirement, he started his own trucking business with his oldest son, James, Triple J Trucking Company delivering meat products for Smithfield Packing Company.
Joe married the love of his life Mary Etta Lee Clarke Lyttle in 1955. Joe was blessed with a large and loving family. Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents George Lyttle and Pearl Lyttle; brother, Wesley Pierce; sister, Orine Jones; his son, James Lyttle, Sr.; daughter, Pearl Lyttle Thomas.
Joe is survived by his daughter, Brenda Taliaferro, Carrollton; Joanne Lyttle Jones, (Louis) Chesterfield, VA; Millie Mitchell, (Anthony), Williamsburg, VA., Joe E. Lyttle, Jr., Surry, VA; Angel Lyttle, Surry, VA; brother, George Lyttle, Jr., (Dottie) Surry, VA; Melvin Lyttle, (Virginia) Surry, VA; Rosetta Brown, Chester, VA; James Lyttle, (Judy) Surry, VA and Nannie Brown, Hopewell, Va.
One of the joys in his life was his grandchildren - Dwayne Lyttle, Jameca Lyttle, Brent Taliaferro, Anthony Mitchell, Jr., James Lyttle, Jr., Chireka Roman, Crystal Saunders, Sade’ Mitchell, Jowaun Lyttle, Jasmine Mboe, Amber Taliaferro, Tiana Lyttle, Bernae’ Thomas and Alexis Bailey. In addition, he was blessed with 22 great grandchildren and a host of many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends that he loved dearly.
Joe was blessed with seven children whom he loved. Joe was a kind gentleman and very self-motivated. He unselfishly helped those who needed him without hesitation. His wisdom was second to none. He brought smiles to everyone he met. He had many talents and hobbies including playing pool against his friends.
He was a businessman, holding certifications in Agriculture, Real Estate and Business, a boater Aand farmed many acres of land. Joe owned dogs, seven (7) horses, many cows, pigs and chickens. During his spare time, he loved to hunt and fish. He was blessed with the opportunity to see different states and meet a multitude of people while traveling. Joe was a baseball catcher for the Bacon’s Castle Black Sox. His favorite basketball player was Lebron James and his favorite song was “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay” by the late Otis Redding. Joe and Mary enjoyed riding motorcycles and participated in motorcycle events winning many trophies and awards during their early years. His CB handle was “Double J”. His hard work and business ethics demonstrated that you can make it through life if you stay focus and believe in God and yourself. We will miss you Joe (Pops, Daddy and Granddaddy).
A service celebrating his life at 12:00 noon Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church 5738 Colonial Trail East , Surry Va. Interment will be at Mt. Ray Cemetary.
Viewing 5-7 PM Friday June 17, 2022 at Poole's Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Facial coverings are required. Please keep the Lyttle Family in your prayers.