James K. Little, 83


June 19, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

James K. Little Sr., retired exterminating company founder and longtime businessman, died Tuesday of respiratory failure at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 83.

Mr. Little was born and raised in Lauraville, and attended City College.

During World War II, he joined the merchant marine and served as a deck engineer aboard Liberty ships in North Atlantic convoys.

In 1946, Mr. Little established the Atlas Exterminator Co. Inc., which became one of the largest privately owned pest control companies in Maryland, family members said.

He sold the business and retired in 1996.

Other business interests included opening the Alameda Slot Car Racing Track in 1966 in the Alameda Shopping Center, co-founding the Town & Country Driving School in Rodgers Forge, and operating a residential development company that built homes in Baltimore County during the 1980s.

Mr. Little, a Towson resident for many years, had been a member for 36 years of the Hillendale Country Club, where he played golf and had made two holes-in-one.

He also enjoyed vacationing in St. Croix and skiing in Vail, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Timonium United Methodist Church, 2300 Pot Spring Road.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Lynn Nicoll; two sons, James K. Little Jr. of Baltimore and Jeffrey K. Little of Towson; three daughters, Connie H. Neuner of Charleston, W.Va., Leslie Hartley Langer of New York City, and Jayme B. Montoni of Towson; a sister, Marjorie Schimpf of Parkville; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His wife of 17 years, the former Ernestine "Penny" Nuse, died in 1962.

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