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4/30/2021 1:51:00 PM
Billy "Bill" Lawrence Little
May 29, 1934-April 29, 2021

Billy “Bill” Lawrence Little, 86 of Claremont passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at his daughter’s residence.

He was born May 29, 1934 in Catawba County to the late James Lawrence Little and Floy Loretta Sigmon Little. Bill was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont and served as a Deacon and President of the Congregation.  During his younger years, he was an avid athlete, excelling in baseball and basketball. He was a United States Navy veteran and founding member of Montclair Furniture Company in Claremont and retired from the furniture industry. Bill was also a member of Riverside Masonic Lodge #606 in Catawba, and the Shriners Club and the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Luke Sigmon.

Those left to cherish his memory are:

His wife of 41 years, Judy Sigmon Little of the home

Sons: Bradley Little and wife Kim of Claremont and Paul Carpenter and wife Angie of Denver

Daughters: Vanessa Little Arndt and husband Gary of Claremont, Maria Little Wright and husband Trent of Claremont, and Joanna Carpenter Huffman and husband Jason of Maiden

Brother: Harley Brown and wife Libby of Claremont

Sister: Becky Miller of Claremont

Mother-in-law: Martha Sigmon of Conover

Grandchildren: Ashley Arndt, Lyndsi Sigmon (Wesley), Erika Bernhardt (Brett), Morgan Loza (Gus), Drew Huffman and Jake Huffman

Great-Grandchildren: Mia Loza, Drew Sigmon, Addi Cate Sigmon, Livi Sigmon, Beckett Bernhardt, Xander Bernhardt and Eliza Bernhardt

A graveside service with military honors and Masonic Grave Rites to celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church cemetery in Claremont. Dr. Gary Haddock and Rev. Heather Langan will officiate.The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside. Those serving as honorary pallbearers are: Drew Huffman, Jake Huffman, Wesley Sigmon, Gus Loza, Brett Bernhardt, Billy Ray Brown, Richard Helton, Ted Sigmon, Stanley Sigmon and Tim Sigmon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Preschool, P.O. Box 550, Claremont, NC 28610 or Hearts and Hope Foundation, P.O. Box 596, Terrell, NC 28673.

Condolences may be sent to the Little family at

The Little family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111.

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