Oscar Theodore "O.T." Lingle

1931 ~ 2020 (age 89)


Oscar Theodore (O.T.) Lingle Jr., 89 of Salisbury, went home to be with the Lord, on Thursday October 29, 2020.

O.T. was born in Rowan County to the Late Oscar Theodore Lingle Sr. & Ruby Wise Lingle on January 20, 1931. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle of Salisbury and served in the US Army Korean war. He worked as a foreman at WA Brown Refrigeration.  He was a friend to everyone and a jack of all trades and a master of many. He invented the paper folding machine for Stanback Company of Salisbury.  He also helped pave I-95 for 12 cents an hour. He was a devoted and avid gardener, with a green thumb and enjoyed sharing his garden with family and friends.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Kathryne Saunders Lingle, sons Wayne Lingle and Timothy Lingle.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Betty Swink Lingle, sons Ray Lingle (Cathy) of Salisbury, Kenneth Lingle (Beverly) of Cleveland, Jeff Lingle (Lisa) of Salisbury, daughter  Janette (Jan) Brown (Tony) of Salisbury, daughter-n-law Gail Lingle of Hampstead NC. He has 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren whom he loved dearly and was loved unconditionally by each of them. Brothers Terry Lingle, John Lingle, Cecil Lingle (Ann) all of Salisbury, sisters Peggy Schenk and Kathleen Kepley both of Salisbury.

There will be a Graveside life celebration service on Monday Nov. 2, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Rowan Memorial Park with Rev. Dr. Steve Holshouser officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Lyerly Joint Services Volunteer Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Tabernacle of Salisbury; or to the Gideons International, PO Box 743 Salisbury, NC 28144.

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