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LEGACY: Dr. Willie E. Lindsey Jr.

Dr. Willie E. Lindsey Jr. was a beacon of light and inspiration in the educational realm of Memphis.

Dr. Willie E. Lindsey Jr. was a beacon of light and inspiration in the educational realm of Memphis. He died Saturday, February 25, at Methodist University Hospital.

 Dr. Willie E. Lindsey Jr.

The son of Willie E. Lindsey and Ruby Summerise Lindsey, many knew him simply as “Lindsey.” His education roots extend to Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a graduate of the Class of 1948.

He chose to attend Arkansas M&N College, earning a bachelor of science degree. Later, he added a master of science degree from Tennessee State University, an ED.D from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Lindsey held a number of positions in Memphis City Schools. He was a teacher of mathematics at Melrose High School, and a guidance counselor at Overton High School before becoming an assistant principal at Hamilton High School, the position from which he retired from public education.

The Memphis community benefited greatly from the roles of responsibility he took on. He was a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and former President of Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter. His affiliations also included Chelsea Masonic Lodge #324 Free and accepted Mason, Royal Arch Mason, Knights Temple and Temple #54, Shrine Order. He was a founding member of UAPB/AM&N National Alumni Association.

Dr. Lindsey was a dedicated member of St. John Baptist Church on Vance Ave., where he served on the deacon and trustee boards, and also served as the church treasurer.

A proud United States Army veteran, Dr. Lindsey leaves his loving wife, Dorothy Mallory Lindsey; seven sisters, Margaret Lindsey Robinson, Ruby J. Johnson, Agnes L. Williams, Memphis, Mildred (Jimmy) Turner, Philadelphia, Pa., Sylvia L. Lindsey, Arlington, Texas, Roberta (Jobie) Smith, Clarksville, Tenn., and Joann (David) Jones, Nashville; one son, Ronnie (Wanda) Lindsey, Stone Mountain, Ga.; one daughter, Regina (Sanford) Morris, Memphis; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation is Friday (March 2) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mason and Shriner services will be at 5:30 p.m., with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity’s Omega Services at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday at noon.

All services will be held at St. John Baptist Church at 640 Vance Ave., with burial in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. E. H. Ford Mortuary has charge.


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