Fred Eugene Little Jr., 94, former Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce president

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Fred Eugene Little Jr.
Fred Eugene Little Jr.

Fred Eugene Little Jr., of Wilmington, died June 9, 2015, at The Commons at Brightmore. He was 94.

He was born in Wilmington on Oct. 5, 1920, the son of Fred Eugene and Elizabeth Albright Little. He attended public schools in Wilmington as well as Porter Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from Davidson College where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served his country in WWII, stationed in North Africa as a captain in the then U.S. Army Air Corps.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Betsy Hightower, of Arlington, Virginia. They lived in Wilmington where he joined his father and brother Robert at Wilmington Printing Company. After 20 years, he left WPCo and opened an office to engage in commercial real estate sales.

At different times, he was president of the Printing Industry of the Carolinas, the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the Wilmington Regional Board of Realtors and the Committee of 100. He served on the board of BB&T (formerly Carolina Savings & Loan Association) for over 40 years. He held several positions over a 50-year span at his beloved Civitan Club of Wilmington, where he was a star salesman of Claxton fruit cakes.

He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon and ruling elder. He served on the boards of the Cornelia Nixon Davis Nursing Home and the American Lung Association. He was a lifelong member of the Carolina Yacht Club and the Cape Fear Country Club where he served as president.

He is survived by his son, Fred E. Little III (Tobie), of Fayetteville; daughters, Meredith Little Hall (Vic) and Lizabeth Havington Little (Carter Sneeden), all of Wilmington; son, John Albright Little, of Wilmington; grandchildren, Fred E. Little IV (Kim), P. Barrett Little (Kate), Kristofer P. Dorough and Leigh D. Pridgen (Alan); as well as two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his lifelong friend and recent dear companion, Kathryn Perdew Minnick.

There will be a private service and interment at Oakdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401 or to Wilmington Railroad Museum Foundation, 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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