kyler Bris­ton it­tle

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Classified -

STATESVILLE - Skyler Bris­ton Lit­tle, 96, of Statesville, passed away Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 1, 2018, fol­low­ing a pe­riod of de­clin­ing health. Born May 15, 1922 in Alexan­der County, he was the son of the late Sip­pie Atwell Lit­tle and Mamie Stike­leather Lit­tle.

Skyler was a grad­u­ate of Scotts High School, Class of 1942, and served our coun­try honorably, first in the Mer­chant Marines and U. S. Coast Guard, and then in the U. S. Army Trans­porta­tion Corps dur­ing WWII. On Oc­to­ber 12, 1946, he mar­ried Dorothy Sum­mers Lit­tle, who sur­vives. Skyler never met a stranger, and his out­go­ing per­son­al­ity served him well in his work ca­reer, which started with the Car­na­tion Milk Com­pany and then Cur­tis Candy, but it thrived for over 25 years in re­gional sales with White Pack­ing Com­pany of Sal­is­bury. He also had good, com­mon business sense. Fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment in 1978, he re­mained ac­tive in var­i­ous real es­tate ven­tures and be­came a part owner of the Emer­ald Mine in Hid­den­ite, N.C. He also en­joyed go­ing to auctions and was a proud mem­ber of the Re­pub­li­can Party, which al­lowed him to be a del­e­gate at the 1980 Re­pub­li­can National Con­ven­tion in Detroit, where Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Regan was nominated.

Skyler was a long-time mem­ber of Con­cord Pres­by­te­rian Church where he served as a Dea­con and Elder. As long as his health per­mit­ted, he was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Statesville Elks Lodge and was also a Ma­son and Shriner. He was rec­og­nized in 2013 by the Statesville Shrine Club with a life- time achieve­ment award for over 50 years of faith­ful and loyal sup­port. In 2012, he was rec­og­nized by the City of Statesville for his out­stand­ing ser­vice as a mem­ber of the Statesville Plan­ning Board.

Along with his par­ents, he was pre­ceded in death by one brother, Hilmer J. Lit­tle, two sis­ters, Birchie Lit­tle Pope and Meldirene Lit­tle Pope, and one niece, Judy Pope.

In ad­di­tion to his wife of 71 years, he is sur­vived by one daugh­ter, Joye Lam­berth and her hus­band Ron of Char­lotte, NC and one grand­daugh­ter, Kather­ine Lam­berth and her hus­band Pell Ge­orge of Char­lotte, NC. He is fur­ther sur­vived by sis­ters-in- law, Carolyn S. Fulp, Ju­lia S. McElory, Peggy Sum­mers; and brother-in-law, Don­ald Sum­mers and his wife Jean, along with a num­ber of nieces and neph­ews.

Skyler leaves be­hind a legacy of fond mem­o­ries for his fam­ily and friends, whom he loved dearly. He lived life abun­dantly and al­ways brought a smile or a chuckle to those he en­coun­tered. One could al­ways find him wear­ing his fa­vorite Stet­son hat. On some­what of a whim, he and his good friend, Reid Sum­mers, drove to Ten­nesee to adopt wild bur­ros from Ari­zona through the US Gov­ern­ment. Skyler was al­ways proud of the bur­ros, and three of their off­spring El­lie May, Penny, and Darla who still live to­day on land at his home. They gave him tremen­dous plea­sure. Many will re­mem­ber Skyler as a skill­ful Gin Rummy player, prob­a­bly hav­ing lost a few dol­lars to him over the years. He was proud to have passed along some of his card play­ing prow­ess to his daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter. Oth­ers still laugh to this day about, de­spite the num­ber of safe miles he logged in his car as a sales­man, back­ing up was an art that he never mas­tered. He leaves be­hind a few dents and a shat­tered car deal­er­ship win­dow as a tes­ta­ment to that part of his driv­ing. He was a good­man, and he made us smile. While he will be missed, we know he is now joy­fully re­united with fam­ily and friends who have passed be­fore him.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life Ser­vice will be con­ducted at 2: 30pm Mon­day, Au­gust 6, 2018 at Con­cord Pres­by­te­rian Church with Pas­tor Dan Wilk­ers of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will follow in the Ire­dell Me­mo­rial Gar­dens Ceme­tery. Pall­bear­ers will in­clude Bob Stamey, Mike Cook, Randy Dellinger, Charles Pope, Joe Raymer, Pre­ston Red­mond, Joey Bot­toms, and War­ren Mu­sick. The fam­ily will visit with friends in the church fellowship prior to the ser­vice from 1: 00 un­til 2: 15pm.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend their sin­cere grat­i­tude to Jur­ney’s of Statesville, Hospice and Pal­lia­tive Care of Ire­dell, the Gor­don Hospice House, Dr. Ra­jku­mar Joshi, and Dr. John

Gazak for the lov­ing care they pro­vided Skyler.

In lieu of f low­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Con­cord Pres­by­te­rian Church, 3867 Tay­lorsville Road, Statesville, NC 28625. On­line con­do­lences may be made to the fam­ily at www. nichol­son­fu­ner­als. com and Ni­chol­son Fu­neral Home is hon­ored to serve the fam­ily.

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