Linda Kaye Sisson Lipscomb, 72 of Salem, VA, passed away at her home in Salem on Friday June 24th, 2022, the morning of her anniversary with her late husband Bill.
She was born September 29th 1949 in Salem, VA to Lewis Elmore and Ruby D. Sisson. She was preceded in death by her husband William Oscar Lipscomb III, her sister, Wanda Sue Hale, and brother-in-law Douglas N. Hale.
Kay graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem, VA, class of 1968. During her working life, Kay was an insurance claims specialist in worker’s compensation. She became friends with many coworkers there that continued to stay close throughout life. She then moved to Florida and found joy in working at a Disney resort dressed in full character (Max, the dog). In years following, she and her husband Bill enjoyed traveling, going camping and fishing, going to auctions and estate sales looking for antiques or some unfound treasure, which they found more than a few of.
Family left to cherish her memory include her special son Philip J. George III (P. J.). A special nephew, Brian D. Hale and wife Niki; a special niece, Amy H. Altice and husband Greg. Brother in laws, Guy Lipscomb and wife Sandy; and Mike Lipscomb.
Kay was a fun, loving, encouraging, supportive mother and thought the world of her son. In the early days, she got a piano, a set of drums for him; later a banjo, fiddle, and eventually bought his first upright bass after saving her money and putting it on layaway for his high school graduation present. Later on, she kept up with his music career, often coming to concerts, visiting him in Nashville, and more recently streaming his performances from her home on the TV whenever possible. She would keep up with his bandmates, friends, and usually knew exactly what was going on with his schedule. She made an impact on so many people from meeting them just one time, or even just on Facebook.
Kay was also an avid college football fan, especially of the Virginia Tech Hokies, and during football season on Saturdays she’d always be at the TV watching. She always loved when it would snow, and would get excited as soon as the flakes started to fall, every time. She was creative, artistic, and made crafty things throughout her life.
One of her very favorite things was ice cream and she enjoyed it whenever she got the chance. Homestead Creamery was one of her absolute favorites, but she wasn’t picky. She also really enjoyed being outside and spent a lot of her time planting flowers, growing vegetables, and doing what she called her “dirt therapy”.
She loved her family dearly and kept long friendships throughout her life. She especially loved visiting and spending time with family members and friends. Her spirit was radiant. Her smile could light up a room. So many people loved her dearly. She was a very special person, full of love, and a constant positive influence on everyone who knew her.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday July 1st, 2022 at 11am, immediately following a visitation starting at 10am at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem, VA. A reception will follow the celebration of life at Bethel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Salem.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in her name to Save the Music Foundation or The Nature Conservancy.