By Kristin Rover
Batavia Township Trustees recognized Pastor Brandon Little during their Sept. 9 meeting.
Little, a pastor at Landmark Baptist Church, has been performing a short graveside service for burials that have to be provided by the township.
Administrator Rex Parsons said that when indigent individuals pass away in the township and they have no planned services or no family members who come forward to arrange services, the township must pay for a burial or cremation as well as a headstone for the deceased individual.
Parsons said Little volunteered to give a small non-denominational graveside service during the township burials.
“He makes every burial a solemn moment despite the circumstances,” Parsons said.
Parsons said Little reads scripture that fits the moment and takes time ask anyone who attends the funeral to say something about the person who passed away.
Trustees thanked Little for providing the services for the township burials.
“We are fortunate to have people like you in the community,” Trustee Bill Dowdney said.
Little, who brought his wife Krista, and son Joshua, to the meeting, thanked trustees for the gesture.
“I appreciate the recognition,” Little said. “It is really kind.”