OAK RIDGE - Mr. Michael A. Koballa, 56, of Oak Ridge, departed from this life Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Wesley Long Hospital. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm Street Chapel, in Greensboro. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service. Michael was born in Dearborn, Mich. on Oct. 4, 1956. He grew up in Fayetteville and was a longtime resident before moving to Greensboro. He attended Western Carolina University and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. While in Fayetteville, Michael worked in finance and insurance at Reed-Lallier Chevrolet and Powers-Swain Chevrolet. He also worked as General Sales Manager at Lafayette Ford. Michael loved making deals and worked in the car business for 25 years. Most recently, for the past eight years, he ran Green Ford Lincoln in partnership with Dean Green. Michael loved spending his free time at Holden Beach where he had many great memories of boating, fishing, grilling and spending time with family and friends. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. Michael was preceded in death by his father Thomas Raymond Koballa. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 18 years, Linda Alexander Koballa of the home; son, Michael Armstrong Koballa Jr. of Greensboro; stepsons, Christopher "Lane" Clemmons of Fayetteville and Daniel Faircloth of Hatteras Isle; mother, Dorothy Armstrong Koballa of Wilmington; sister, Donna Scroggins and husband, Stacey, of Jupiter, Fla.; brothers, Patrick Koballa and wife, Cheryl, of Wilmington, Dennis Koballa and wife, Anne, of Durham and Thomas Koballa Jr. and wife, Dava, of Athens, Ga.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. Memorial contributions may be made to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030. Online condolences may be made at haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. Services entrusted to Hanes-Lineberry 515 N. Elm St. Greensboro, NC 27401.
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Published in Fayetteville Observer on July 3, 2013