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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.
Mr. Soaper was a God-loving man. He was baptized at Fairview Baptist Church by the Rev. James Lippincott. He helped to construct First Bible Baptist Temple in Fredericksburg with the Rev. Buzza. Later in life, Lynn attended Fredericksburg Baptist Church where he became a deacon and assistant head of the deaf ministries with the Rev. Charles Christy and the Rev. Larry Haun.
Lynn was a very passionate Washington Redskins fan. He loved teasing his grandsons when the team would beat Dallas. He also supported the Spotsylvania Knights in the '70s; armed with a video camera and bags of confetti, he would take his children to every home game.
He never let deafness stop him. He never used his deafness as a crutch or excuse. Mr. Soaper loved everyone and everyone loved him. There were no strangers in his life. If you met Lynn, he was your friend. He had his way of communicating with everyone he met.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service in Fredericksburg.
A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg. Interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Conley, Christopher Hayden, Jessie Mullins Jr., Josheua Mullins, Jeremy Mullins, Ryan Mullins, Matthew Zawisa and Mike Gallagher.
Family and friends are invited to congregate after the services at the Chancellor community building on Old Plank Road.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Fredericksburg Baptist Church Deaf Ministries.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfreder