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Date published: 1/5/2013

Lynn T. Soaper Jr.

Lynn Taylor Soaper Jr., 85, of Bowling Green, formerly of Spotsylvania County went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, Linwood Taylor and Nannie Welby Furr Soaper; three brothers, Thomas, Sam and Howard Soaper; sister Frances Embrey; son Frederick Ray "Ricky" Soaper; and a daughter, Patricia Kaye Soaper Hudson Humphries.

Mr. Soaper leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda Kay Soaper of Bowling Green; two daughters, Nancy Len Hayden and her husband, Darrell, of Bowling Green and Neva Rhea Mullins and her husband, Jessie, of Culpeper, both daughters of Ruby A. Soaper; two stepdaughters, Melinda Gallagher and her husband, Mike, and Annette Zawisa and her husband, Matt; his grandchildren, Christopher, Adrienne and Amanda Hayden, Tony Gaylen, Lori Carpenter Hall, Amy Carpenter Carroll, Sara Soaper Elliot, Jamie Gibson, Teri Hudson Southall, Christopher and Jessica Humphries, Jessie Mullins Jr., Josheua Mullins, Jeremy Mullins and Ryan Mullins; stepgrandchildren Ethan Gallagher and Janelle Zawisa; 30 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He is also survived by a sister, Ella V. "Nellie" Edmonds-Burke of The Plains; brother Eugene Soaper and his wife, Freda, of Warrenton; many, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and lifelong friends Bobby and Sandra Conley.

Mr. Soaper was a 1949 graduate of Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. While at VSDB, Mr. Soaper lettered in football, baseball and basketball. After graduation, he began his printing career with Caroline Progress in Bowling Green, then Fauquier Democrat in Warrenton, from there he went to Colonial Press and finally to M.J. Printers, from which he retired after 45 years. But he continued to work part time for several years after that.

Lynn was known to family and friends by many names, some of which include Snooterbug, Bug, Uncle Bug, and Coach "Super Duper" Soaper.

He led a very active life, from sports in school, to coaching and umpiring for and with his children through Spotsylvania Parks and Rec, then Fredericksburg Parks and Rec. He also played softball for The National Bank of Fredericksburg in the '70s. He duckpin bowled in the late '70s, early '80s and he enjoyed bowling with The Good Timers league until his passing.

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