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Tommy “Chief” Ray Menius, 83, of Mocksville, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.
He was born January 19, 1937 in Salisbury, NC to the late Ray Menius and Maude Goodson Menius. Chief proudly served in the United States Army. He worked as an accountant and in his spare time he enjoyed coaching youth basketball, football, and baseball in Granite Quarry. As a life long member of Grace Lutheran Church, he served as a youth advisor, church council member, and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Salisbury Jaycees, where he reached exhausted rooster status.
Chief is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alice “Faye” Menius, whom he married, October 26, 1958; daughters, Debbie Archer (Dan) of Mocksville and Kelly Kennedy (Foy) of Lexington; son, Neil Menius (Kim) of Mocksville; 3 grandsons, Trey Archer (Kathlyn) of Landis; Logan McAdams (Ashley) of Kannapolis; Chandler Archer of Charlotte; great-grandson to be, Baby Ward; sister, Betty Lyles of Cary; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be private graveside service at Grace Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Jerome Cloninger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Advocacy Center of Davie County, 261 S. Main St. Mocksville, NC 27028; Dragonfly House, 387 Valley Rd. Mocksville, NC 27028; and Grace Lutheran Church, 3020 Grace Church Rd. Salisbury, NC 28147.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Trinity At Home staff, especially Sandy, Dawn, and Tina; and Dr. Melissa Seagle.
Carolina Cremation is assisting the Menius family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Gloria Ann Wilhelm says
Prayers for your family at this time Faye.
David and Diane Harrington says
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Dad was one of my favorites when we worked together in the local school system. He shared his family with us and was so proud of all your accomplishments. He was a true friend.
Denise Foutz says
Saw this obit online and it brought back a lot of memories that are good of your family and Maud and Ray. He looks just like Ray. Do you all remember me- “Dennie” Padgett who lived across the road from Ray and Maud. I remember so well playing with Debbie and Kelly as little ones, often in the Menius basement. Betty was so kind to me growing up too. Mom died last December at 90 and I spent a lot of time with her in that house saying a long good-bye in 2019. The house has been sold and being totally renovated right now. I am so sorry for the loss of Tommy to your family. Time moves on and we lose our loved ones but memories remain.
Denise Padgett Foutz
Howard Cowan says
Sad to hear the passing of Coach Menius. Such a Good Man to all of us when we played Football, basketball and baseball in Granite Quarry. May God watch over you and your loved ones during this time.
Karen Girdler, Dot and Harold Goodman says
Sorry for your loss You are in our thoughts and prayers.