Marie Lineberry

Published 4:20 pm Sunday, March 26, 2023

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Marie Lineberry of Winston-Salem said for many years that she was ready to go when the good Lord called her. She answered that call Monday, March 20, 2023, at the age of 98.

Margaret Marie Lane was born on Christmas Day, 1924, to Cleveland Columbus Lane and Alice Speer Lane. A child of the Great Depression, Marie never lost her traits of thrift, hard work, and fierce independence. More than one person who worked beside her outdoors said she could outwork any man. Her granddaughters called her feisty and sassy.  Marie and her six siblings grew up on a farm outside East Bend, living mostly on what they could grow. “If it didn’t come out of the ground we didn’t eat,” she said once. For coffee and sugar, the family traded berries and eggs at the general store.  She played basketball in high school in the days when girls were only allowed to play half court and was a single mom during World War II while her husband, Nelson, served in the U.S. Navy.  For more than 40 years, Marie worked at Hanes Hosiery, later Hanes Corp. She was a looper in the days of nylon stockings and loaded L’Eggs for shipping when they were found in every grocery store. After retirement, she did alterations in her home.  While working, Marie would get up before dawn to do laundry or other chores. She would have supper on the table at 5:20 p.m. when Nelson arrived home from his job at the Bahnson Co. She also maintained a huge garden and canned tomatoes, green beans, beets, and other produce. Her dill and 14-day sweet pickles were loved by many. Given her love of gardening and growing flowers, it seemed fitting that she passed on the first day of Spring. Marie was a long-time member of South Fork Baptist Church, now Revo. She was known for taking food to grieving families. Her family is still trying to duplicate her pound cake and potato salad.

She is survived by: 2 of her children and their spouses, Danny and wife Sharon, and Wanda Bodford and husband Gray; 3 granddaughters; a great-grandson; 2 great-great-grandsons; 2 step-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie outlived Nelson and 2 of her children, oldest daughter Carolyn Minor and Jimmy, the youngest.

Marie was buried at Crestview Memorial Park next to Nelson and Jimmy. The family will hold a celebration of Marie’s life and a meal at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 31 in the fellowship hall at Fork Baptist Church, 3140 US 64 E., Mocksville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Ln., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.  (

Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the family of Mrs. Lineberry.