Cindy Irwin

Photo courtesy of: Cory Lewis

Tammy Little

Tammy Little

Photo courtesy of: Ohio University Police Department

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University mourns two former classified employees

Cindy Irwin and Tammy Little remembered as great people

The recent holiday season was an emotional one for the families and friends of two retired Ohio University classified employees who died in December.

Retired Ohio University Police Department administrative assistant Tammy Lynn Fought Little, 55, of Hockingport, Ohio, died in her residence on Dec. 17.

Lucinda Ellen "Cindy" Irwin, 63, of Glouster, Ohio, died in her home on Dec. 13. She was a retired records management specialist in the Office of the Registrar who worked at the University for nearly 25 years.

Little began her career at Ohio University in November 1993 and joined the Police Department in May 2003. She retired in March 2013 after almost 20 years at the University.

According to her obituary, Little was born in Athens, Ohio, to William F. Fought and Jean Atheleen Fought. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, riding on her husband's Harley and photography.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, H. Mark Little; a daughter, Amber Guthrie; two sons, Eric and Zachary Little; her siblings, Jan Creamer, Jennie Lou Mollohan and Jack Fought; and three grandchildren.

"Tammy was one of the friendliest, sincerest people I have ever worked with," said OUPD Chief Andrew Powers. "She always was smiling and was quick with the jokes. She will be greatly missed."

OUPD Communications Officer Cathy Hart highlighted Little's outstanding qualities.

"Tammy was a special woman," Hart said. "She impacted so many people with her incredible smile, which could light up a room and instantly make you smile and feel better, and with her generous, caring spirit. She could find good in every person and every situation. She touched so many people and I think we would all say our lives are better for having known her."

In memory of Little, donations can be made to: Angel Tree, P.O. Box 191, Middleport, OH 45760-0191.

According to her obituary, Irwin was born in Jacksonville, Ohio, to Ray and Katherine Safreed Gilliott. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Glouster, Jacksonville United Methodist Church, was a former board member of the Trimble Local School District and is a former director of the Glouster Community Development Corp.  

She is survived by her husband Tim Irwin and sons, Cody, Cory and Cale Lewis and Rich Dooley. She also leaves a daughter, Sarah Irwin;, siblings Denny Gillott, Sherry Downs and Wendy Banik; and 11 grandchildren. Downs works as the University's bursar and Cory Lewis is a biomedical technical support supervisor in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Lewis said his mother's greatest attribute was her motherly instinct to take care of others at all times.

"Mom had many special relationships at OU and her way of life was being self-sacrificing in everything she did," he said. "She took in foster kids, worked on the local school board and did everything she could to help others and make a positive difference in the community."

Deb Benton, University registrar, praised Irwin's stellar work skills.

"Cindy did an outstanding job supervising our registrar services staff," Benton said. "She was a strong person who worked hard and always supported her staff. Her employees often commented about what a wonderful supervisor she was. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time."

In memory of Irwin, donations can be made to the R.E. (Ed) Bolin Scholarship Fund, 421 Buchanan Road, Waverly, OH 45690.