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Basil Edgar Linville

August 21, 1928 ~ May 3, 2022 (age 93)


Basil Edgar Linville, 93, of Salem, went to be with the Lord at home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis; and daughter, Joyce.

Surviving is his daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Charles Jonas, of Salem. 

The family would like to say thanks to everyone for all they’ve done for them during the time Basil was in the hospital, rehab, and at home (the thoughts, prayers, calls, kind words, cards, etc).  A special thanks to Lewis Gale Hospital for everyone that helped take care of him, Kindred Home Health and Friendship Health and Rehab Center(all that took care of him) and Good Samaritan Hospice for all their help during this time also.

He was born on August 21, 1928, in Wythe County, VA., to Thomas Jefferson (a farm laborer) and Rachel Linville at this time they lived in Max Meadows.  He grew up in the mountains in Fries, VA., on a farm (a different life and time than we know today)!  They raised cattle, pigs and chickens, they also hunted, fished, and had a garden.  He walked several miles to feed the cattle, he’d wade the creek (he’d take his shoes off before crossing the creek and put them back on, on the other side).  He learned to cook at a young age!  He always worked doing something to make him some money!

Later on he began working on a public job. In February, 1947 he went to stay with his older brother while pastoring Leesville church (Huddleston now) this is where our church over the years had state meetings, youth camp, etc. and also the Altavista Church at that time. In the Huddleston area he helped on a neighbor’s farm until he started working at the State campground for our church building the tabernacle for $.40 an hour – a far cry from what the pay is for working these days-right!  After the tabernacle was finished being built he started working at Lane Company in Altavista.  During this time he found the love of his life.  Dad wasn’t going to church at the time but there was a young lady that was and she caught his eye-he began peeking in the church window at her-so finally he went in church. They started dating in July 1947 and on November 15, 1947 they were married after youth service.

They lived with his brother, Albert and his family for the 1st 2 months they were married.

In January 1948, they moved into their 1st apartment (it was new) and they paid $6.00 a month (a far cry from what rent is today-Right)!!

In 1949 they moved to Grit, VA., and shared an apartment with Albert (his brother) and his family.  Then they moved to Hurt, VA., then to Altavista, VA. where Dad worked at Lane Company a total of 5 years.

Then Joyce Ann Linville was born on May 30, 1951. In October, 1952, Dad got a job in Pulaski, VA. at Holt Motors (this was closer to his family). In 1953 they moved to Fries, VA – but the next spring Dad began looking for a job in the Roanoke area.  In 1954 they moved to Vinton, VA., then later on moved to Moomaw Heights in Roanoke, VA.  Then he started working at Roanoke Woodworking (which is now Salem Frame Company which makes frames for Rowe Furniture Company and stayed with that Company for 37 and a half years, retiring in August 1990.  During this time he tailed a ripsaw, worked in the maintenance shop and firing the boiler (and watchman for 2 years) and then a mill wright (making lathe heads to cut the turnings for furniture legs, etc.

Carolyn Sue Linville was born July 24, 1960 in Roanoke. 

In 1962 they moved to Mason’s Cove (in Roanoke County) where he lived ‘til his death.  At first they lived in a trailer and then build a house in 1965.

He became an ordained deacon in our church in August 1981.  He was very active in the church.  He was a care group leader, Sunday school teacher, and done other various jobs such as maintenance on church property and mowed the church yard. 

After retiring from Salem Frame Company he began baking cakes, he cleaned at several different places for a while.

After he fully retired he redone older furniture, had yard sales (for a while he sold out at Happy’s Flea Market ‘til they closed down.

Later he also continued to make hunting knives, corn hole games, old apple boxes and such. 

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2022 at Faith Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy, 529 Apperson Dr. Salem, Va.  24153.  Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the church.  Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Camp Lowman Cemetery, 11738 Leesville Rd., Lynch Station, VA.  24571

He will be missed by his family, church family and many friends.


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May 9, 2022

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Faith Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy
529 Apperson Dr.
Salem, VA 24153

Funeral Service
May 10, 2022

11:00 AM
Faith Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy
529 Apperson Dr.
Salem, VA 24153


Camp Lowman Cemetery
11738 Leesville Rd.
Lynch Station, VA 24571

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