The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Obituaries

April 18, 2014

George Lindsay

— George Edwin Lindsay, 82, died peacefully in his Athens home on Monday, April 14, 2014, surrounded by his family.

At his request there will be no public funeral or visitation.

Ed was a man of God, who set an example of being well-read, open-minded and helping others.

He was born to Charles “Jack” Wesley Lindsay and Charlotte “Lottie” Stinnett Lindsay on June 13, 1931, in Huntsville, and was one of four children.

Edwin met his wife, Lou Ann, 63 years ago at David Lipscomb College. On her first day of college, she was standing in line to register when she saw a hand come over her shoulder and a voice say, “You are in the wrong line.” Six weeks later, the couple eloped to Mississippi and started their life together. Years later, it was still a running joke that he had been taking care of her from the first moment they met.

While attending college, Edwin decided to compete for a position on the gymnastics team as a “walk-on” with no prior experience. Through his natural strength and ability, he made the team. His nickname in college was “Handsome.”

In his 30s, he became a recreational pilot. On his first solo flight, the song, “I am Bound for the Promised Land” came on the radio and unnerved him a little.

Ed had many adventures in his full and happy life. Once, he worked undercover with the FBI on the waters of the Pacific in a drug sting. His children said that one of his favorite things was the path created on the water by a full moon.

Ed’s children said their parents had an amazing love story that many people can only dream of. They always put God first in their lives. The last words he spoke on this earth were, “Lou Ann, I love you.”

He had many interests that he shared with his family, including having a great love for animals, the beach, camping in the mountains, playing in the desert, boating, snorkeling and deep sea fishing. He loved to travel and believed in continuing education.

His professional career included working as vice president of The Canteen Service in San Diego. He also worked for General Motors in Michigan and Alabama before retiring from Saturn.

In 1969, he moved his family to Athens and started raising cattle and farming.

He served as elder in several churches, including the Church of Christ at Linda Vista in San Diego, Carriger Church of Christ and Gulf Breeze Church of Christ in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He loved his church family.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jackie Lietch; and his brother, Jimmy Lindsay.

He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann; his daughter, Karen Harrison and husband Lee; son, Kip Lindsay and wife Jeanne; son, Elias Lindsay and wife Margaret; daughter, Julie Todd and husband Aubrey; sister, Sherry Scarboro and husband Alan; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

The family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 2745, Decatur, AL 35602.

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