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Obituaries » Elizabeth “Bizz” Lineweaver

Elizabeth Cassell Carter “Bizz” Lineweaver, formerly of Warrenton, died peacefully at the age of 97 on October 24, 2018, at Kendal at Lexington. She was “fine and dandy” until shortly before her death.

Born October 6, 1921, in Warrenton, “Bizz” was the daughter of Howard Blackwell Carter and Lelia Cassell Wayman. After her mother’s death in 1929, she lived in Washington, D.C., with her aunt, Bessie Carter Linfoot and her husband Harry Linfoot. She remained in D.C. until 1940, when she transferred from American University to Westhampton College of the University of Richmond.

In 1943, she married James “Bill” Willard Lineweaver, a marriage that lasted 69 years until his death in 2012. Bill and Bizz had three daughters, Beth Knapp (John) of Lexington, Babs Alliman (Charles) of Orlean, and Bitsy Goldmeier (Michael) of Virginia Beach.  

Even though Bill was the more prominent member of the couple, having served on Warrenton’s town council for 15 years and as mayor for 24 years, Bizz was nevertheless important. Anyone who knew her realized that in another era she could have been mayor or a successful entrepreneur. Bill and the town relied on her good judgment and valued her opinion.

Bizz was a driving force behind many of the beautification projects in the town, including the planting of the now mature trees on Broadview Avenue, Warrenton’s original bypass.

In 1996, Bizz found at her doorstep a loose-leaf notebook containing the names, units of service, and dates of death of 520 Confederate soldiers believed to be buried in the mass grave beneath the monument to the 600 unknown “Defenders of Virginia” in the Warrenton Cemetery. Feeling strongly that everyone deserved a grave marker, she sought the help of local landscape architect Meade Palmer and the Black Horse Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The “To Name the Fallen” undertaking was launched. Through their dedication and determination, a granite wall with the engraved names of each soldier, his unit and date of death was erected around the original memorial. After 18 months of fundraising, planning and construction, the To Name the Fallen Memorial was dedicated on May 24, 1998.

Having been owner of several buildings on Main Street, as well H.B. Carter & Co., a family business started by her father, Bizz was determined that downtown Warrenton remain a place where people would continue to shop, dine and live. Around 1985, upon learning that the U.S. Postal Service was planning to move the post office out of downtown Warrenton, Bizz, having ownership of the adjacent property, initiated the negotiations that assured the post office would remain on Main Street, where it is today. She was particularly proud of this accomplishment and felt this effort was her greatest gift to a town she loved so much.

Bizz was an accomplished seamstress and, by combining numerous patterns and styles, could meticulously craft her daughters’ school outfits, evening gowns and costumes for school plays, as well as clothes for their dolls. She loved gardening, doing so until she moved from her home in 2012, and was a lifetime member of the Francis Fauquier Garden Club in Warrenton.

She became interested in genealogy and spent years tracing her Carter lineage. Because of her research, Bizz was a member of the Jamestowne Society, Colonial Dames, Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  

Having discovered the miniature sculptures of Mary McGrath, Bizz became the largest collector of these pieces, the majority of which are done in 1-inch-to-1-foot scale. Collected over a period of fifteen years, these sculptures depict birds, small animals, and other wildlife and are truly remarkable in their detail and realism.  

Bill and Bizz loved to entertain and were gracious, welcoming hosts. The Lineweaver home became the site of countless parties, many legendary. Bizz was exceptionally organized and could entertain eight guests for a formal dinner or 200 for a pool party, all with ease and the ability to relax and enjoy the fun.  

Besides her daughters and sons-in-law, she is survived by six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, November 2, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers Street, Lexington, Virginia 24450.
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