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Cora Lee Lemar Self

October 3, 1951 - December 25, 2021

Cora Lee (Lemar) Self, age 70, passed away at her home in Gladys, VA on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021, after a lengthy struggle with failing health and dementia brought on by a stroke she suffered in October, 2018. Born October 3, 1951, in Lee County, VA, she was the daughter of D.D. and Ora Lemar of Charlotte County. While serving in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam-era, she met and married her husband. After her military service, she attended Central Virginia Community College, where she earned a degree in Fine Arts. She worked at a variety of jobs in the Lynchburg and Brookneal areas until she semi-retired in 1998 to be a full-time home-maker. She was a charter member of the Patrick Henry Post 52 of the American Legion until 2018, when she transferred to Post 16 in Lynchburg, although her failing health made it difficult to attend regularly.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Self, of Gladys, a son, Jason Self, of Castle Hayne, NC, a step-daughter, Becky Bowles (Joey), of Crestwood, KY, three sisters, Joyce Maddox (Ray), of Gladys, VA, Carolyn Pugh (Ronnie), of Phenix, VA, and Donna Ramirez, of Broken Arrow, OK, a brother, David Lemar (Sheryl) of Madison Heights, VA, 13 nieces and nephews, Sherri Maddox (Keith Guthrie), Jeremy Ramsey, Tim Maddox (Tina), Brett Ramsey (Christine), DeAna Ramirez (Kerri Ann), Amanda Murray (Sean), Donna Tyree (Matt), Melinda Senn (Jeremy), Rachel Ramirez, Jessica Lemar (Paul Routen), Michael Eggleston, Megan Stocker (Travis), and Kellie Ramirez, and sixteen grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home following the memorial service. A brief graveside service will be held at a future date for close friends and family members at the Staunton River Baptist Church cemetery in Charlotte County.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to American Legion Post 16, 1302 Greenview Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502.

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To the Lemar family: I am so sorry about your loss. I have good memories of Cora when I used to go home with Donna. She was such a sweet person with a very sweet smile. Please know that I have you all in my prayers. I am so sorry I didn't know about it in time to attend the memorial service. I would love to attend the graveside service if it has not yet taken place with your approval. Otherwise, please let me know date and time of the service. My cell number is 434-851-1954. With love and sympathy, Martha Holt Lawrence

Posted by Martha H Lawrence on January 2, 2022

A wonderful lady and a very special friend. She was a gentle loving person and I never heard her speak harshly about anyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry, Jason and all of her family. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Doris A on January 1, 2022

My sister my friend. I loved her so!

Posted by Donna R on December 29, 2021

Cora was very beautiful lady she always put a smile on everyone face.she had a heart of gold.She was loved by everyone that she met. Rip

Posted by Theresa MARTIN on December 29, 2021

Auntie Cora was such an inspiration to me as a child, while I only got to see her once a year it was always a treat for me when I got to spend the night at her house, she always has all the cartoons to watch at her house, recorded for hours of watching on VHS tapes, If it had not been for Cora I would never have gotten to watch all the classic cartoons of mickey mouse and Disney classics growing up which was so important to me as I started to blossom as an artist. I will miss Aunt Cora and treasure the memories I have of her forever, Rest In Peace my dear Auntie.

Posted by DeAna Ramirez on December 28, 2021

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