US Navy

William "Bill" Lineberry

December 23, 2020

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To put Bill Lineberry’s life into a short description is an impossible task, but we can try our best to memorialize this remarkable man on this page. For many he was the warmest, most loving, approachable man they have ever met. Always kind, and generous. Patient and accepting of all people, who truly felt empathy for everyone. Born in Columbus Ohio, and growing up in Reynoldsburg Ohio, he made many lasting friendships that exist to this day. He was pre-deceased by his parents Richard and Dorothy Lineberry, and his sisters Rebecca Miao and Bernice Mendes. Bill proudly served his nation in the Navy with distinction for 21 years, becoming Chief Petty Officer, a position he was fiercely proud of. A very patriotic man he was proud of his service and would do anything for his country. After moving around the country for the Navy, Bill settled in the Atlanta metro area since 2003. The only regret from his time in the service was not seeing his 3 girls when he had to go out to sea. He would talk about the moments in his girls lives he wished he did not miss, and he would say how happy he was able to see his girls often now that they were adults and spend time with their families. Just being around them for holidays, cookouts, and vacations was the happiest times of his life. He fell in love for a second time in his middle years and married the girl he called “the love of his life”, living together for 10 years and having a child together. He often said how thankful he could have a chance to be a new father again and be with his son everyday and watch him grow up, and not miss the moments he missed with his older daughters. He was young, energetic, and healthy still, with many years ahead of him, if it were not for Covid. He wanted to teach his grandson Jeremiah how to drive. He wanted the opportunity to see his next daughter get married. He wanted to be at his son’s 5th birthday party in January and give him the present he helped pick out. He wanted to take his family on a large vacation again in the summer to celebrate his Bachelor’s degree he just earned the same month that Covid took his life. We can spend time talking about different interests he had like gardening, football, and golf, or his work as a controls engineer, but beyond measure to Bill the most important thing in his life was his beloved family. 

He is survived by his adoring wife Mere Ann Lineberry, his loving children are Jennifer Lineberry and her wife Laura Lineberry, Christina Lineberry her fiancé Garrett Myers and her children Connor, Corbin, and Callie Bartley, his daughter Mekana Lineberry and her children Jeremiah Lineberry, Ava-Mekena Kihara, and Zion Thumari, his stepdaughter Sara Martinez, and his son William Lineberry, that everyone lovingly calls Liam. All these children and grandchildren he loved equally and with his full open heart. In addition, he is survived by his wonderful sisters Marian Bush and her husband Roger and Frances Lineberry, along with many nieces and nephews whom he cared for.  Bill was one of the smartest people you could meet, funny, outgoing, and a light in his family’s life and the life of his friends. Not an especially religious man, he did believe in something more to this universe beyond life. Wherever beautiful souls go, when they pass from this earth is where Bill Lineberry will be, waiting for all of his loving family to one day be reunited with him again. His ashes will be interred in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia sometime in January, as soon as the military gives us a date. We will organize an online funeral so all his family and friends around the country can attend virtually during this pandemic. Getting photos together is painful, and the family still needs time. We thank everyone for their kind words and condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family is taking gofundme donations for the care of his children and grandchildren he leaves behind.

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