Sella R. “Ted” Littlepage, II, M.D., physician, husband, father and friend, left this earth for Heaven on Friday, January 12, 2024. He was surrounded at that time by his family at his longtime home.
A well-known doctor of neurosurgery, Ted was born June 28, 1944, in Greenville, Kentucky, to Sella R. Littlepage I and Evelyn Igelheart Littlepage. He went on to graduate from Murray State University and the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and continued his medical training at the Albert B Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Ky., as well as Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn. While at Murray State in 1964, he met Joan Hilton, who would soon become his wife, mother of his two children, and partner in all of the challenges and opportunities that God would see them through in 57 years of marriage.
Through his practice at Neurological Associates in Greenville, as well as through the Southeastern Neurosurgical & Spine Institute, Dr. Littlepage was known to many across the region for his extraordinary talent in neurosurgery, as well as his commitment to those needing the medical care that few could provide. He served the Greenville community in positions at Greenville Hospital System, St. Francis Hospital, the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, and through his vast expertise and experience, taught the next generation of medical professionals at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Professionally, he was also a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Greenville County Medical Society, the Joint Section on Cerebrovascular Surgery, the North American Spine Society, the South Carolina Associates of Neurological Surgeons, the South Carolina Medical Association and the Southern Neurological Society. He also gave freely of his time to serve on the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, and long time member of Buncombe Street Methodist Church.
Yet outside of his professional accolades, Ted was most known for his generosity and his love of his family and of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Wherever he went, he spread the joy he seemed to carry with him, and brought a spirit of welcoming and openness to others. He chased the things that made him happy-because he loved to sing, he joined the Greenville Chorale; and because he enjoyed the outdoors and time with family, he combined them as often as possible-from hunting trips to time on the South Carolina shore, and anywhere that the world he loved could be shared with the people he loved.
Ted is survived by his wife, Joan, and his children Anne E. Littlepage-Payne and Edward H. “Teddy” LIttlepage, (son-in-law Stephen, granddaughter Annalyse, and step-grandchildren Madison and Nathan Payne), brother-in-law Raymond Jones, and nephews Andy Taylor (Cindy, Anne B and family, Lance and family, Chase and Jake), and Scott Jones (Anne, and family), and Keith Jones (and family). He is preceded in death by Sella R. Littlepage I (father) and Evelyn Igelheart Littlepage (mother), as well as Anne Littlepage Jones (sister).
Visitation with the family will be held Saturday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m., at Buncombe Street Methodist Church, with a memorial service to follow at 2:30 p.m.
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Attendees are asked to wear blue instead of black-the brighter and closer to his favorite Kentucky blue, the better.
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