William Bennett “Bill” Little, Jr. passed away Thursday, December 30, 2010, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born in Wadesboro, NC, on January 21, 1922, and was the son of Corneille Marshall Harris Little and William Bennett Little, Sr. He was reared in Wadesboro, NC, and attended North Carolina State University for one year before serving in the Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres during WWII. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1949, where he received a B.S. degree in Commerce and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
He was a stockbroker with R.S. Dickson & Co. in Fayetteville, NC for eight years before working with Harris Upham in Durham, NC for one year. He then served as a stockbroker and office manager with Bache & Co. (now Wachovia Securities), in Raleigh, until he retired in 1990.
He was a member of the Carolina Country Club, the Wake County Wildlife Club, the Assembly Club, the Circle Club, the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati.
With a lifelong interest in wildlife, hunting and fishing, Bill served on the founding board of directors of The North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry, which now provides thousands of pounds of ground venison to soup kitchens throughout North Carolina each year. He was president of The Wake County Wildlife Club in 1980 when the Dixie Deer Classic (a wildlife show held each March at the State Fairgrounds) was founded, and he provided its name. The Dixie Deer Classic has donated considerable funds for wildlife conservation each year since then. In 1987, he received an award by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for his work with them in developing the Endangered Wildlife Fund. He also enjoyed sailing out of Oriental, NC, with his family, when his children were growing up.
After developing Multiple Myeloma in 1991, when he could no longer hunt and fish, or play tennis and golf, he renewed his interest in landscape painting and genealogy, developing albums of ancestral histories for his family. Bill found a way to enjoy each and every day with his quick wit and ever-present sense of humor. When queried as to his health or disposition, he always answered, “OUTSTANDING!” This never failed to bring a smile to all.
Bill was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Edmund Strudwick Ashe Little, who died in 1976, and wife, Sara Rembert Wooten Little, who died in 1991.
Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Marriott Procter Little, and his four children and seven grandchildren. His children are, Marriott L. Sheldon and her three sons, Courtney, William and James of Ridgewood, NJ; Corneille L. Mallard and husband, Neil, and their daughter, Kimberly, and son, Stanford, of Lake Worth, FL; Elizabeth L. Barnes and husband, Jeff, and their two daughters, Madeline and Rebecca of Dover, MA; and William B. Little III and his wife, Susan Haynes Little, of Wendell. He is also survived by his niece, Sarah and her husband, Sam Domby, of Raleigh; and by nephews, Edmund S. A. Little, Jr., Louis “Lou” W. Little, his former wife, Joan Greco, and their son, Louis Jr., his wife, Brooke, and their son, Luke, of Raleigh, and Lou’s wife, Kathleen “Kit,” and their son, Walker, of Kennesaw, GA, William B. L. Little and wife, Cathryn, and their daughter, Katie, and son, Will, of Raleigh.
A funeral service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC, at 11 AM, on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. A reception will be held after the service in the Jane Bell Gathering Room. A graveside service will be held that afternoon at 4 PM, at the Eastview Cemetery in Wadesboro, NC, where his parents are interred.
In his latter years, Bill enjoyed his membership in the Presbyterian church. It was the church that his grandfather, Harris, and his family had always belonged to, being descended from the Reverend John Robinson, the first minister of the Fayetteville, NC Presbyterian Church, and one of the founders of Davidson College.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, NC 27608; the First Presbyterian Church, 208 S. Greene St., Wadesboro, NC 28170, or to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.
Arrangements by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh.