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Linda Dublin Levy

September 16, 1948 — December 12, 2020

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Friday, December 18
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sanders Funeral Home Chapel
806 E Market St
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8416

Graveside Service:
Saturday, December 19
2:00 PM
Smithfield, NC 27577

Linda Kay (Dublin) Levy was the daughter of the late David Dublin Sr. and Gladys (Tomlinson) Dublin. She was married to Ray Levy of Washington, DC, a distinguished active duty soldier (Airborne and 2 Vietnam tours) and mother of an infant girl, Sydney Michelle Levy. Both husband and daughter died in an automobile accident, Thanksgiving weekend 1969. She Is preceded in death by an older brother, James Edward Hines. She is survived by brothers David Dublin Jr., and Braxton Lee Dublin, nephews Corey Stewart (Braxton) and Braxton Farrington (Braxton), Larence and Tchad Dublin, niece Dr. Leola (Dublin) McMillan, and grand nephew Jacob Young (Larence). She has extended family and friends all across the country (CA, NY, NC, VA, DC, RI, MD, OH, GA, etc.), too numerous to mention. Special mention has to made to: cousins Vertna Devine; Connell and Dora (Dublin) Stevens and family; Germaine Rich-Fields; Chris White, the Mitchell Family; and members of the Dublin, Tomlinson, and Judkins-Sanders Family Reunions. Lastly, we are thankful for long time friends, Fern Howell, Patricia Jackson, Dorcas Gaines, Juvasia Banks, Vivian Grantham, Abrilla Robinson, Bettye Cox, Dr. Gwen Hall, and Brenda Barbee. If you were not specifically mentioned, please know you are still remembered and loved for your love of Linda and her family.
Linda was born in Alexandria, Virginia and raised in Arlington, Virginia where she attended Drew-Kemper Elementary School, and Hoffman-Boston Junior-Senior High. After integration in the county in 1964, she graduated and received her high school diploma from Wakefield High School. She attended Hampton Institute (later Hampton University). While growing up in Arlington, she was baptized and became a member of the Seventh Day Pentecostal Church of the Living God, in Washington, DC. The founder, Pastor Charles Gamble knew and taught scripture. She enjoyed singing, reciting Bible verses and attending Sabbath school. This Christian foundation of loving and giving continued throughout her lifetime, even as she chose Buddhism as a way of life.
After living for a time in the DC area after high school and Hampton, Linda moved to Palo Alto, California, landing her first of many jobs as an independent accountant with local small businesses. Later, she earned her B.S. degree from San Francisco (SF) State University. Her degree from SF State gave her the opportunity to give back by becoming an Adult Literacy teacher in the Bay Area. After over a decade there (and the last San Francisco "World Series" earthquake), she was ready to move back to the east. She also wanted to be able to personally take care of her grand- mother, Millie (Judkins) Tomlinson and her aging parents in Smithfield.
Helping and teaching others was still in her heart and she began a career teaching. For over a decade she taught at Johnston Community College in the Adult Basic Education program, where she and her students excelled (kudos to Dr. Pamela Earp, and special student/aide Tracey Hocutt).
She also ran her own business, Nextport, making jewelry and importing Afro/World-Centric items for sale. Linda was active in The N ational Association of University Women (NAUW) Smithfield chapter, where she was president several times and received numerous awards. She actively worked several years with, and helped organize and lead, with her NAUW sisters, "The Little Mr. and Miss Johnston County Pageant", helping young people express themselves and their talents. She was an integral part of and the Smithfield Kwanzaa and Juneteenth celebrations for several years with the NAUW and Mr. Robert Sydnor.
She inherited from her mother a great sense of adventure and travel that started with regular summer vacation and holiday trips to Smithfield with her siblings. This included a lifetime of family reunions. She went around the globe to places such as Hawaii, Mexico, Belize, South America, Ghana (in West Africa), the Caribbean (especially Jamaica), and other lands and cultures. For her 60th birthday she took off by herself to fly and cruise Tahiti and other far Pacific islands.
Her love of music and dance deserves special mention. Her wide range of musical tastes were the songs her parents loved as she grew up, and music of the 50's onward. Her favorites included: R&B, especially Motown and Stax; Afro-Caribbean and World music; Blues; Jazz; and of course Reggae (at the top of the list). Mention Buddy Guy, Mary Jay Bligh, Stevie Wonder, or Bob Marley and you had a conversation (and maybe some dance demonstrations). As much as she enjoyed listening, dancing to music was something she has done from elementary school until her last months here. She joined the Central Smooth Groovers (GSG) of Smithfield soon after they were formed. Growing up hand dancing, 2-step/bop (as it was called in the DC area), swing dancing was her specialty. With CSG line dancing classes (thanks, Ramon, Jackie, RuRu, and Leigh) she rounded out her repertoire. "Having a dance party? Let's go!", she would say.
The family would like to thank the management and staff of Brookdale Assisted Living and Classic Care, both of Smithfield. The excellent and loving care they provided for her in the last years of her struggle with Alzheimer's/dementia has meant so much.
Her favorite Bible verse was, "Train up a child in the way he [she] should go, and when he [she] gets old he [she] will not depart from it.", Proverbs 22:6. One of Linda's favorite mottos late in life was said with that special smile, "Don't get me involved!".
She will be missed, loved, and forever remembered.
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Service Schedule

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Friday, December 18, 2020

1:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

Sanders Funeral Home Chapel

806 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577

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Graveside Service

Saturday, December 19, 2020

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