James Lindsey, 80

Myrtle-James Clifton “Jimmy” Lindsey, age 80, died Monday, December 31, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.  He was born September 9, 1932 in Prentiss County to the Jesse Urban Lindsey and Mary Lucille Hendrix Billings.  He was a member of the Amos Dorman Masonic Lodge #480, and a charter member of the Temple Baptist Church.

He graduated Myrtle High School, attended Northeast Junior College and played semi-pro baseball.  Later he entered the Army and served through the Korean Conflict.  When he returned from service, he joined his father as a heavy equipment operator, working in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Africa, and South America as well as in the States.

He loved life, enjoyed sharing stories, telling jokes, reading and collecting political and historical books, especially those of the Civil War Era.  He had a vast music collection and found much pleasure listing to Gospel music.

He closely followed all political issues, and took pride in being an American.  He respectfully displayed the American Flag at all opportunities.

Services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at United Funeral Service chapel with the Rev. Donald Schuman, the Rev. Raymond Bishop, and the Rev. Jerry Bishop officiating.  Burial was in the Gerizim Cemetery.  United Funeral Service in New Albany was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Helen Moore Lindsey of Myrtle, his mother Mary Lucille Hendrix Billings Lindsey of New Albany, a daughter Mary Foley (David) of Cotton Plant, a son Paul Lindsey of Burnsville, a brother David Lindsey (Connie) of Eads, Tenn., six grandchildren Tonya Shackelford (Ryan) of Arlington, Tenn., Jessica Haley (Daniel) of Olive Branch, Kim Ogle (Jared) of Columbia, Tenn., Steve Lindsey of New Albany, Amanda Baird (Randy) of New Albany, and Audra Ash (Jay) of Myrtle, twelve great grandchildren, and special friends Al Simmons, Peanut Pickens, and John Miles.

He was preceded in death by his father Jesse Urban Lindsey, a son Jesse Morgan Lindsey, two brothers Robert “Bob” Lindsey and Charles Lindsey, and a grandson Craig Foley.

Pallbearers were David Foley, Daniel Haley, Ryan Shackelford, Jared Ogle, Randy Baird, and Jay Ash.  Honorary pallbearers were his Masonic brothers, Auzie McNeely, Jearrel Donahue, David Moorman, David Garrison, Mike Thompson, James Smith, Mark Potts, John Potts, William Byers, and James Kimbrell.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Temple Baptist Church, Myrtle, the Craig Foley Memorial Scholarship @ Hillcrest Baptist Church, New Albany, or Sanctuary Hospice House, Tupelo.

In honor of Mr. Lindsey, United Funeral Service, Inc. flew the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.

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