Kenneth Leon Little, Sr affectionately known as “Ken” was born July 5,1948 in Mt Gilead,
North Carolina to the late Lloyd Little and Mary Little. He quietly departed this life on
December 12, 2023. Ken joins in heaven; his father Lloyd Little, Mother Mary Little and
treasured lifelong friend Corine Little McRae.
He is survived by his loving daughter Gia L Hairston (Ernest) and son Kenneth L Little, Jr
(Anna) and 5 grandchildren Isaiah, Kenzi, Amani, Zayli and Gianna. 5 Siblings – Veronica
Mills, Keith Little (Nina), Clement Little (Wanda), Terry Little and Bruce Little (Teresa) and 1
cherished Aunt - Ruby Little. And a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and
friends who will cherish his memory.
Ken was educated in Stanly County Schools in Badin, North Carolina. After graduating from
North Stanly High School, his journey took a profound turn when he joined the military (United
States Army), serving with distinction and courage from 1966 to 1968. Ken faced the challenges
of service with unwavering dedication, and it was during this time that he forged lifelong bonds
with fellow soldiers, becoming a mentor and source of strength to many. He earned a bachelor’s
degree in Public Administration1976, from North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC
and a Master of Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC in 1978.
Ken was employed by the Veteran Administration for 33 years as a Management Analyst and
Program Analyst creating programs and services to Veterans, where he retired in 2012. Post
retirement Ken pursued his hobbies such as traveling, playing golf and the bass guitar, writing
and providing support to veterans. Despite facing personal challenges, he became a beacon of
hope, resilience, and support for disabled veterans and their families. His advocacy work was
instrumental in promoting awareness and creating a more inclusive and supportive environment
for those who served.
He fulfilled his zest for writing about his life experiences. He authored 2 books: an
autobiography about his life: Talking to Green Tree Leaves. He also developed a stage play and
a non- fiction book on raising his children titled - Baby Talk.
His true passion was Mentoring and Developing Youth, where he dedicated much of his adult
life to providing leadership to the youth at Ebenezer AME Church - Troop 487. He was
instrumental in developing more than 30 boys to obtain the prestigious Eagle Scout honor and
exposed them to traveling to greater than 7 international countries.
A loving and devoted father, Ken prioritized family above all else. His grandchildren were a
source of immeasurable joy, and he took great pride in being a positive influence in their lives.
Family gatherings were filled with good food, warmth, laughter, and the shared stories of his
incredible journey. Ken’s departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, but the memories of
his love, strength, and unwavering dedication to service will forever inspire those who had the
privilege of knowing him.