Irene Garrett Lineberger departed this life on Oct. 2, 2012.
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She was the daughter of Leona Littlejohn Garrett Rainey and Tom Garrett.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death, by three brothers and one sister.
She was married to the late Novel Lineberger. They had two daughters.
She is survived by her daughters, Freya N. Lineberger of the home and Dr. Sybil Andriette L. Stafford of Oakland, Calif.; one sister, Ozenith Tate of New York City; two grandchildren, Subira Stafford-Henson of San Leandro, Calif. and Kobie Stafford of Baldwin, Wisc., as well as four great-grandchildren, Savannah Henson, Jordan Rowan-Stafford, Peyton and Chelsi Vail-Stafford.
Her friends will remember her by her many successful talents. She was a producer of fashion shows, a seamstress, a dance instructor, and a church worker. She was an excellent special education teacher in the Gaston and retired from the Mecklenburg County schools. She was a reading and math tutor in Gaston and surrounding counties until her death.
She was an Elder of Third Street Presbyterian Church and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and other organizations.
She was a graduate of Highland High School, Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, and did further study at Syracuse University in New York. She received a Master's Degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
She enjoyed a long and rewarding career teaching in the schools and will be greatly missed.
The deceased has requested no funeral or memorial services but that the people remember her as they last saw her.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Third Street Presbyterian Church at 605 North Highland St., Gastonia, NC, 28052.
No amount is too small.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Oct. 9, 2012