Walter Lemly

Obituary of Walter Clayton Lemly

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Mr. Walter Clayton Lemly, 87, of West Jefferson, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at his residence. Mr. Lemly was born on March 11, 1935, in Ashe County to the late Harris H. and Annie Cook Lemly. Clayton was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Norman, Townly, Ithel, Richard, Tracy Lemly; five sisters, Ruth Greene, Edwina Kincaid, Lorene Edwards, Wilma Williams, Ola Belle Edwards; and his beloved wife, Ruth Howell Lemly. Clayton is survived by his son, Michael James Lemly (and Earlene Barker) of West Jefferson, NC; two grandchildren, Michelle Lemly Watson (and Brian Watson), of Charlotte, NC and Melanie Lemly Owens (and Andrew Owens), of Hampstead, NC; his favorite sister, Ailene Young of West Jefferson; and special friend Janice Church Kimbro of West Jefferson. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and other extended family members. Clayton was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1962. He and his wife Ruth were the proud owners of Ashe Ace Hardware where they worked together for almost 30 years. Clayton was an avid lover of Bluegrass music and rarely missed an opportunity to listen to live musicians. He was extremely proud of his collection of albums and cds and was known to hand out copies of his favorite collections. One of Clayton's favorite things to do was to make people laugh. Whether he was telling an old, familiar joke or simply teasing someone, nothing made him happier than creating laughter. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Fleetwood, NC. Reverend Herb Parunak will be officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to your preferred Parkinson's research charity. Online condolences may be shared with the Lemly family at the website Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Lemly family.
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