Henderson man shows a little respect can go a long way

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A funeral procession for a woman moved down South Green Street in Henderson last week. There was nothing unique about it. Most people hummed along without a passing glance.

Family of the lady leading the line of cars cherished the last few moments with their grandmother. It was a special day for them, made more memorable by a stranger.

Josh Littrell was going the opposite direction when the procession approached. Something triggered inside him to stop his red Chevy truck in the middle of the road.

He stepped out, put his hat over his heart, and waited for every car to pass.

You can tell a lot about a person by how they act when nobody’s watching.

On that day, though, somebody was watching.

Littrell’s act of genuine kindness was caught on camera, though he will tell you he’s not looking for attention. The photo has been seen by tens of thousands across the Tri-State, and an outpouring of gratitude has been shared.

Littrell believes that reaction says a lot about our world. “I think we’ve lost touch with reality,” he said.

It took a couple of minutes to change the day of dozens on one of their worst.

“It doesn’t take much to make a positive influence on someone’s day,” said Traci Steele. She was in the back of that funeral procession.

“Wow look at that guy,” she remembered saying. “We were all kind of in shock because you just don’t see that.”

Steele and so many others have been blown away by the sincerity of Littrell’s condolence.

“We’re in such a big hurry to get where we’re going, do whatever, we can’t take 2 minutes for somebody else?” he questioned. “It doesn’t mean anything, you’re still going to wake up tomorrow and have the same stuff to do.”

Littrell wonders if we’ve forgotten what it means to be human, how to be kind, and how to love.

“At the end of the day we’re all going to end up in that same spot. Laying in a casket on the way to the last place we’ll lie,” said Littrell.

Maybe our world would be better if more people kept this in mind, Steele wonders. “It takes people by surprise whenever someone goes out of their way to do something for someone else.”

There’s a simple less to learn. A little respect can go a long way, and you just never know who’s watching.

“Be true, show somebody you do care,” Littrell said. “I don’t see life being that fast, you can’t outrun death.”

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This story was originally published on October 24, 2018

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