Lester Edward Small

February 25, 1949 - September 19, 2022
Lester Edward Small


Lester Edward Small, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2022, in Leland, NC.  He was born on February 25, 1949 to the late Leroy and Doris Small of Wallingford, CT.

Lester joined the Marines in 1968 right after High School and served a tour in Vietnam.  After leaving the Marines in 1972 he joined the CT National Guard.  He served there until 1994 when he moved to Vermont and transferred to the VT National Guard.  During his time with the VT National Guard, he was ordered to active duty in 2004 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Lester honorably retired from the VT National Guard in 2009.

Whenever the chance arouse Lester loved to fish.  Being small streams, lakes or the ocean.  He truly enjoyed weekend boat trips on the Long Island Sound with his Brother-in-laws and son.  He enjoyed teaching his grandson how to cast a line before taking him fishing for the first time.  Lester’s other passion was gardening.  He took great pride in knowing the names of all the plants and trees he had in his yards and how to best care of each of them.

Lester and his wife settled into their retirement home in Leland, NC in 2020 where he continued his passion for gardening and fishing the Cape Fear River.  On his daily golf cart rides Lester enjoyed creating great friendships in his community.

Lester is survived by his wife Carol of Leland, NC.  Children Keith and wife Angie of Brooksville, FL; Kimberly and husband Ryan of St.
Albans, VT.  Grandchildren Mason and Hunter.  Sister Bernice and husband Donnie of Central, SC.  Predeceased by his brother Allan of Okeechobee, FL.  He will also be greatly missed by his extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make a donation in memory of Lester Small at Tunnel to Towers Foundation, https://t2t.org/donate/

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  • October 08, 2022
    Brian Decatur says:
    He was a good man.

  • September 26, 2022
    Jaden Littel says:
    Hi Keith, So sorry for your loss. Wishing you and all your loved ones comfort during difficult times.

  • September 25, 2022
    John and Melonna Cantwell says:
    Condolences to the Small family. Lester will be missed! He was a very easy going guy. I enjoyed my time talking with Lester. He knew military speak and had great insight from his time deployed. Semper Fidelis my brother in arms.

  • September 25, 2022
    Diane says:
    Carol and Family, We are so devastated to hear of Lester’s passing. It was not unusual for Lester to stop by for a quick chat or to rob a cucumber out of the garden.! He was such a wonderful person and the best neighbor. Like all the wonderful neighbors on Mutton Hill, he worked to do whatever needed to be done. When we’d go visit family in SC, Emile would put him in charge of using the tractor to keep our long drive open. We could count on our Mutton Hill family. Memories of camp fires, holiday celebrations as well as watching each other’s children grow up, and leaving our tight knit Mutton Hill circle . This was part of what we expected to have happened. But when Lester and Carol moved, our family of 25 plus years disintegrated. We moved a couple of years later and realized that change is hard but necessary as we age. Those 25 years went much too quickly. Out regret is not getting to NC in time to give Lester one more big hug. We know he will be greatly missed. Carol, hopefully we will feel safer about traveling so, Carol, don’t be surprised if we appear on your doorstep. Our deepest sympathies to you,Carol and to your entire family. Love, Diane and Emile

  • September 24, 2022
    Nancy Heenie says:
    Dear Carol, I am saddened to hear of Lester's passing. He was a good man! My condolences to you & his family! Blessings & prayers to you all. 🙏🙏💙