Lynn Avis

Lynn Duke Avis

Monday, June 4th, 1934 - Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
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Lynn Duke Avis of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2020, at the age of 85. He was born on June 4, 1934 in Roanoke, Va.

Lynn was proceeded in his death by his parents, Lois Starkey Avis and Harry Thomas Avis.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Suzanne Norman Avis; two sons, John “Jack” T. Avis (Ginger) and Lynn Scott Avis (LaDawn); a daughter, Anne Terrell Avis Sommers (Craig); and grandchildren, Grace, Mason, Madeline, Michael Duke, and Anne Tillison.

Lynn graduated from Jefferson High School in 1953 and the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1957. After serving in the United States Army, Lynn went to work for Virginia Pre-stressed Concrete. He joined Frye Building Company as the representative for their new building line, Butler Manufacturing. As a pioneer in the pre-engineered building industry and through Lynn’s sales efforts, he put Butler on the map in Virginia. In 1977, he founded Avis Construction completing many buildings around Roanoke and Southwest Virginia.

Family was important to Lynn and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and son. He loved his church, family, friends, and the Roanoke Valley. Lynn served as a Deacon and Elder of Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. He served on the Board of Roanoke Gas Company, The Shenandoah Club (President), Roanoke City Industrial Development Authority (Chairman), Roanoke City Building Code Appeal Board (Chairman), Roanoke Valley Development Foundation, The Achievement Center, Westminster Canterbury of Lynchburg, The Salvation Army, and The Julian Stanley Wise Foundation.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Second Presbyterian Church Second Fund, 214 Mountain Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.
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Ann Claire Shepherd

Posted at 11:29am
Our condolences from our family to yours. Lynn was a good friend and will be missed.
Harry G. Johnson, Jr. and family

Dodi Lawson

Posted at 04:36pm
Dear Suzanne and family, Greene and I are so sorry for your loss. Y’all are in our prayers.
Dodi Lawson

David and Justine Jones

Posted at 12:53pm
Keeping the Avis family in our prayers.
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John and Laura Sellers

Posted at 06:17pm
Very sorry for your loss. Lynn was a good man and will be sorely missed.
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Stefanie Fowler

Posted at 10:35am
Scott and family,
We send sincere condolences as you grieve the loss of your father.
"Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our minds hold the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith lets us know that we will meet again." - Unknown
In sympathy,
Roer and Stefanie Fowler

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