Mrs. Flora Trapp-Little, a former resident of Asheville, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 at her home in Charlotte, NC.
“Farrie,” as she was fondly called by her family, was born in 1910 in Fairfield County, SC to the late David Trapp and Lucy Miller Trapp. In 1929, she gave birth to her only daughter, Lillie Mae Trapp.
Ms. Flora moved to Asheville in the 1940s and lived in the Burton Street and East End communities, where she met and married the love of her life, James Little, in 1949. Choosing to do domestic work to supplement the family’s income, she worked as a housekeeper—as many black women did at this time.
During the 1950s and ’60s she always lived near her daughter and grandchildren, for whom she was a source of strength and a helping hand, as well as the peace-maker in her family.
After becoming a centenarian in 2010, Ms. Flora received several proclamations and recognition from former Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy and two NC senators. She also received a Centenarian accommodation letter from former President Barack Obama.
Ms. Flora was a member of Nazareth First Baptist Church in Asheville, where Dr. Charles R. Mosley is Pastor Emeritus. She served on the church Auxiliary Deaconess Board and was the oldest living Senior Deaconess and member of the church at the time of her death. She moved to Charlotte in 2008 to be cared for by her granddaughter Joyce.
At her funeral Dr. Mosley delivered her eulogy titled, “Tribute to A Wonderful Matriarch.” He proclaimed, “For a lady to almost live to be 110 years of age, he would not dare preach her funeral. “Mother Flora Little has preached her own sermon and has preached it well,” said Dr. Mosley. He told her family to “always remember there was a lovely lady that lived to be 109 and to tell your children her name, tell them what she meant to you, the community, the church, and the world. Tell her story. For whatever reason, God chose to breathe on Mother Little for 100 years and nine additional years.”
Left to cherish her fond and loving memories are grandsons James Ramsey and William Wynn (Benita) of Asheville, NC; granddaughters, Minnie Wynn and Joyce Ferguson of Charlotte, and Patricia Simpson (Leroy) and Juanita Littlejohn of Asheville; 15 great-grandchildren; 45 great-great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-great-grandchildren; two great-great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.