Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


Robert Claude Little

August 16, 1926July 30, 2020

Robert Claude Little, age 93, passed away July 30, 2020 at his home in Greensboro. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Betty Sellars Little, his children, Stewart Q. Little (Susan), Laurie L. Sebastian (Ron), daughter-in-law, Rose K. Little, his step children, Liz W. James (Alex), Daniel E. Wright (Heather), and Chris Wright (Chris). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, as well as 11 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Laurie Lucas Little, his son, Robert C. Little, Jr. (Rose), stepson, Gil Wright, and step-grandson, Will James.

Robert was born to parents Ford and Imogene Little in Atlanta, Ga. on August 16th, 1926 and moved to Greensboro at age 5. He graduated from Greensboro High School and Virginia Military Institute. After an honorable discharge from the US Navy after WWII, where he served as a sea survival specialist, he attended Davidson College and earned a degree in business administration. Robert then returned home to Greensboro and enjoyed a successful sales career at WP Ballard & Co. Robert was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry, and ushered. He was also a founding member of St. Francis Episcopal Church. In his 70s and 80s, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels, delivering hot meals to the elderly, most of whom were younger than him!

Robert was a born athlete, playing football in high school as well as college. However, he is best known for his love of golf, boasting a scratch handicap and winning many city and club tournaments. As a member of the Greensboro Country Club, he continued to enjoy the game well into his 80s. Among his many accomplishments, at age 12, Robert was awarded 2 Carnegie medals for bravery for rescuing his father and a family friend from the ocean at Carolina Beach. The beach was always a favorite place, and with the company of family, many wonderful memories were made at Long Beach, NC. through the years.

Above all else, Robert loved his family and friends, and with his larger than life personality, he was equally loved by them. He will always be remembered for his love of a good party and his close friendships, as well as his levelheadedness in the midst of any crisis. His support of the "underdog" was a most endearing quality. Said of him recently, "God broke the mold creating such a character, and there will never be another like him."

The family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their assistance. A private graveside service will be held for family at Holy Trinity columbarium."

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 1500 Pinecroft Road, Suite 109, Asheville Building, Greensboro, NC 27407 or National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3 Centerview Drive, Suite 101, Greensboro, NC 27407

Online condolences may be made through www.haneslineberryfhnelm.com.


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Jane Johnson

August 6, 2020

Betty,I am thinking about you and your family at this sad time. You have my deepest sympathy and when the lockdown at Abbotswood is lifted I will be by to see you. Love.Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson

August 6, 2020

Betty,I am thinking about you and your family at this sad time. You have my deepest sympathy and when the lockdown at Abbotswood is lifted I will be by to see you. Love.Jane Johnson

David Mandalinich

August 4, 2020

Robert was a patient and friend. I could always look forward to a interesting conversation and a challenging dental problem. Robert frequently expressed the love he had for his family. I had a better outlook on life from knowing Robert.

Susan Manchester

August 4, 2020

We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Sue and Dennis Manchester (Scott's parents)


August 2, 2020

Robert Little was one of my favorite golfers who played at Greensboro Country Club. I only knew him from 2004 so I missed the time when he was a player of merit, competitive in club championships and in the advanced player groups on weekends. But it was obvious from his golf swing, his poise and execution that at at one time he "could really play!"
He played those later years with some of his age contemporaries who all seemed to have illustrious histories. Some of them are no longer with us but their memories are indelibly etched in my psyche as I was privileged to be around them.
One weekday I was invited to join in the group because they lacked a fourth player. Decatur Cunningham, who was the ultimate organizer, had Robert Little and Bob Rapp enlisted before my invitation. Rapp and Decatur seemed to care more about discussing politics, economy, family and other non-related golf subjects than playing, sometimes extending their conversation lengthy even when it was time for their playing a shot. Or, even worse, they would talk while Robert was processing his shot and his pre-shot routine before striking his ball toward the target, causing a little perturbing for him.
On one such occasion, he was exasperated because their dialogue was obviously interrupting his concentration. He gave up and stood from his golf posture and said to me, "Jim, do you know what the worst thing about getting old is?"
" I haven't a clue." was my response.
Robert then added, "You find yourself playing golf with people who, twenty years ago, you wouldn't even talk to them!"

Robert Little was one of those unique characters who leaves fond memories and creates a smile.

Charlie Adams

August 1, 2020

May God bless this man. I did not know him personally very well but I did come to know his family especially Stuart. Rest In Peace

Jill Howell

August 1, 2020

Dear Betty,
I am so saddened to read this news of Robert's passing. I send you all of my love and prayers.
Jill Howell

M. Melicent Jeter

July 31, 2020

Dear, Laurie. I now know from whom you received your wonderful and endearing personality; both your parents! For as long as we’ve known one another, you have adored your dad. Even though his passing is so sad and difficult to endure, I am certain that now he’s another of your precious guardian angels. Rob, your stunning mother, and now your dad are finally with you, together, watching over you and Ron. What a grand blessing it is. You are a lucky girl, Laurie, to have grown up alongside such caliber of people. When moments are still; always listen out, and look upward; they are all there. I wish you love, God’s peace, and strength.
Melicent Jeter

Ryan Kornegay

July 31, 2020

Our Family is so sorry for your Loss..What a life well Lived.and a Grand Example to all that Knew Him.Our Hearts Go out to Family and Friends..of Robert... In Love and Deep Remembrance, Ryan Kornegay and Family.


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