Mr. Shirley Lee Little, 97, of Statesville, N.C., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Little was born August 2, 1922, in Iredell County and was the son of the late Roy P. Little Sr. and Brita Moose Little. He was a graduate of Celeste Henkel School and served in the 104th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during WWII in France and Germany. On September 28, 1946, he married the late Gladys Anna Hoke Little, who passed away on June 3, 2008.
Following his service, he began working for Gem Gas Company and later retired from Par Gas Company. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of Woodman of the World for 79 years. He was an active member of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church since 1946, where over the years he served on the church council, Treasurer and sang in the choir.
Mr. Little is survived by one son, Roy Lee Little (Joyce) of Statesville; two daughters, Brenda L. Ganim (Vic) of Greensboro and Sandra L. Cashion of Salisbury; three grandchildren, Tamara L. Painter, Kimberly Little and Matthew Cashion; seven great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kylie and Nathan Painter, and Ellie Upright, Connor, Caroline and Carson Cashion; one brother, Roy P. Little Jr. of Statesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, he was preceded in death by five sisters, Margaret Baker, Lola Kuhnemann, Elaine Scott, Lois Johnson, and Nancy King and one brother, Glenn C. Little.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church with Rev. Will Dulin, Rev. Thomas Corbell and Rev. Gene Bruce officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends on Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall. Active pallbearers will be Al Kuhnemann, Michael Kuhnemann, David Pope, Bobby Pope, Charles Doss and Ronda Hoke.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, 106 Mt. Hermon Road, Statesville, NC 28625
Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Shirley Lee Little.