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Lynn Taylor Soaper, Jr, 85, went home be with the Lord on Monday December 31, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Soaper lived in Bowling Green but lived most of his life in Spotsylvania. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents Linwood Taylor and Nannie Welby Furr Soaper, three brothers Thomas, Sam and Howard Soaper and a sister Frances Embrey, a son, Frederick Ray “Ricky” Soaper and a daughter Patricia Kaye Soaper Hudson Humphries.
Mr. Soaper leaves to cherish in 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, daughters of Ruby A. Soaper. Two step daughters, Melinda Gallagher and her husband Mike, and Annette Zawisa and her husband Matt, and 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, and step grandchildren Ethan Gallagher, and Janelle Zawisa, 30 great grand children and 1 great great grand daughter. Also survived by a sister, Ella V. “Nellie” Edmonds-Burke of The Plains and a brother, Eugene Soaper and his wife Freda of Warrenton, many, many nieces and nephews, great neices and great nephews. He is also survived by 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 footbal, baseball and basketball. After graduation, he began his printing career with Carolina Progress in Bowling Green, then Fauquier Democrat in Warrenton, from there he went to Colonial Press and finally to M.J. Printers where he retired after 45 years. But 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 70′s early 80′s. 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 Rev. James Lippincott. Helped to construct First Bible Baptist Temple, in Fredericksburg, with Rev. Buzza. Later in life Lynn attended Fredericksburg Baptist church where he became a deacon and assistant head of the deaf ministries with Rev. Charles Christy and Rev. Larry Haun.
Lynn was a very passionate Washington Redskins fan. He loved teasing his grandsons when they would beat Dallas. He also supported the Spotsylvania Knights in the 70′s, armed with a video camera and bags of confetti, he would take his children to every home game.
Even with deafness, he never let that 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 on Monday 6-8pm at Mullins and Thompson funeral home in Fredericksburg. Funeral will be on Tuesday at 1pm at Fredericksburg Baptist Church on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg. Interment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Honorary pallberers will be Bobby Conley, Christopher Hayden, Jessie Mullins Jr., Josheua Mullins, Jeremy Mullins, and Ryan Mullins, as subsitutes Matthew Zawisa and Mike Gallagher. Family and friends are invited to congregrate after the services at Chancellor Community building on Old Plank Road.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Fredericksburg Baptist Church Deaf Ministries.
Condolances may be sent to mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com