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Ray Lindsey

| September 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Raymond W. (Ray) Lindsey, 86, a former Lincoln County Commissioner, died Sept. 22, 2005, at the Libby Care Center.

He was born on Jan. 19, 1919, at Troy, to Thomas and Lanta Cripe Lindsey.

Raised and educated at Troy, Ray graduated from Troy High School with the Class of 1937.

He served with the Army Air Corps as an instructor with the Mountain Division, training troops for winter maneuvers and survival tactics.

Ray married Goldie Martha Freeman Brown on Aug. 13, 1947, and they owned and operated the Ray Lindsey Insurance Agency at Troy for more than 20 years. During that time Ray also worked as business manager and accountant for Leighty Lumber Company and was mayor of Troy.

Ray served as county commissioner from Troy for 17 years, first elected in 1969 and continuing for three terms, retiring in January 1987.

During the mid-1980's until the late 1990's, Ray managed the business operations of Golden Lion Manor in Troy.

Ray loved to talk with people, had an engaging smile and a wonderful sense of humor. In his early years, he played all sorts of sports and was an outstanding pitcher for the town baseball team at Troy.

An active sports fan and supporter of Troy High School athletics, he served as scorekeeper for home basketball games for 30 years. He attended all of his son's sporting events, at home and away.

Ray was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the VFW and other organizations, and an honorary colonel of the Kentucky Derby.

Ray and Goldie enjoyed many reunions of his military unit, traveling to a number of locations across the country.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and golf. His friends and family members cherish fine memories and appreciate the impact he had on their lives.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Goldie in January 2005; son Tom in 1976; step-son John in 1996, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include sons Bim Lindsey and his wife Janice of Lincoln City, Ore., and Tim Lindsey and his wife Darla of Houston, Texas, niece Chris Tallmadge, Troy, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Troy Church of God.

Private interment will take place at Milnor Lake Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the athletic department, in care of Troy High School.

Arrangements are by Nelson & Vial Funeral Home.