Charles Lemuel “Lem” Teer passed away 5/8 peacefully at home. He was the husband of Peggy Jeffreys Teer of the home and the son of Charlie Edward and Leta Cheek Teer. He was a member of Lamb’s Chapel Church.
He is survived by his three children, Donna Rose and husband Wayne, Gary Teer and wife Samantha, and Susan Vincent and husband Todd. Seven grandchildren: Johnathan Rose (Bridgette), Chandler Rose (Meredith), Alexandra Hagerty (Nate), Jacob Teer, Karissa Teer Gilbert (Tanner), Paisley Vincent, and Caleb Vincent. Great grandchildren are Olivia and Nathan Rose, Preston and Charlotte Hagerty, Madeline and Eleanor Rose. He is survived by his sister, Lydia Ray Presley of Chapel Hill. He was preceded in death by four brothers, William, Stanford, Thomas, and Rainey Teer.
Lem was born 11/14/28 in Orange County and grew up in Orange County. He graduated from Hillsborough High School. He worked many years on his father’s dairy farm while juggling playing baseball.
Lem served his Army Military tour at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was a pitcher on the Fort Riley baseball team. At the completion of his military tour at Fort Riley, he received an Army Honorable Discharge.
After deciding to make a career change, Lem earned an Associate Degree in Computer Programming from Alamance Community College. He worked as a Systems Analyst with Burlington Industries until his retirement.
Lem was an assistant baseball coach at both Eastern and Graham High Schools in addition to American Legion Post 63. Coaching was particularly gratifying for him during the years that included coaching his grandsons Johnathan and Chandler Rose at both Eastern High and Post 63. They loved baseball as much as Lem did. Both were outstanding players. Johnathan played professional ball.
Lem treasured the friendships he developed with the coaches and the teams. The guys usually sensed right away that Lem had a rather quiet, shy demeanor and they enjoyed teasing him. It was a humbling experience for him to be inducted into the City of Graham Sports Hall of Fame. It was only after he turned 87 years old that he declined to participate in coaching.
Our family will always reflect on the fact that Lem was most happy when he was “Coach Teer” at the Graham baseball field.
The family will celebrate Lem’s life in private. We will appreciate your prayers.
Memorials may be made to Lamb’s Chapel, 3539 Alamance Road, Burlington, NC 27215.
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