ARTESIA — A memorial service for longtime Artesia resident and historian Albert O. Little will be held today at 1 p.m. at the Artesia Community Center, 18750 Clarkdale Ave.
Little, who was known to many residents as "Mr. Artesia," died Tuesday at Pioneer Hospital. He was 87.
The center was renamed the Albert O. Little Community Center on Aug. 10. Today's ceremony had been originally planned to be a rededication ceremony, City Manager Eugene Romig said.
Little, who moved to Artesia in 1926, had been the city's official photographer and community promotions officer since 1969.
He had recently completed an oral history of the city that will be available to the public at the Artesia Library. He also was writing a history of Artesia at the time of his death.
Little is survived by a daughter, Veronica Bloomfield, 49; a son-in-law, Edward Bloomfield, 49, and a granddaughter, Veronica, 13.