Lee Ray Lineberry, 88, of Salem, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013. He was born on December 8, 1924, to the late Louis A. and Bessie B. Lineberry. Lee Ray was a proud World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church for over 73 years where he was especially fond of his Sunday School class. Professionally, he was retired from the United States Postal Service, where he was a postmaster, thus becoming a member of the Retired Postal Workers. Lee Ray was a part of the Salem Senior Citizens Musical Program known as the Salem Pickers. He also enjoyed meeting regularly with his Andrew Lewis High School graduating class for breakfast as well as his Salem Men's Breakfast Club at Anthony's. He loved people, especially his family and extended family.
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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman and Monroe Lineberry; son, Daniel R. Lineberry; and wife and love of his life, Ruth Lockard Lineberry. His surviving family includes his son, Lee Eric Lineberry and wife, Annette Deaton; grandchildren, Daniel R. Lineberry and wife, Katrina, and Britnee, Zachary, and Miranda Shupe; sister, June Lockard; sister-in-law, Margaret Lineberry; and dear, dear friend, Jewell S. Tyree.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home's chapel. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The Rev. Dr. John (Jack) W. Lowe Jr. will officiate. An online guestbook is available at www.johnmoakey.com. The Lineberry family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 540-389-5441.
Published in Roanoke Times on January 3, 2013