Services for Clarence Richard "Dick" Lindsay will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home chapel in Tyler with the Rev. John Lindsay, nephew, officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev John Lindsay officiating.
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Dick Lindsay was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Marshall. He was the ninth of 10 children born to Sam and Beulah Lindsay. He played football, basketball and ran track at Marshall High School and lettered every year, serving as captain of his football and basketball teams and qualifying for the state track meet in the discus. He was student body president his senior year and graduated in 1944.
After graduation, he joined the Navy at age 18 and served on the U.S.S. Buckingham in the Pacific theater from the Philippines to Japan.
The University of Texas and Tulsa University recruited him in 1944 to play football, but in 1946 after his service in World War II, he accepted a football scholarship to Tulane University. Dick transferred to North Texas State College (UNT) where he played offense, defense and special teams all four years. He was on the All Conference team two years. In 2006, he was inducted into the University of North Texas Football Hall of Fame.
Dick received his B.B.A. degree in 1950 and a masters of health, physical education and recreation from NTSC in 1954. He coached football in Waco from 1950 to 1958. He coached football and baseball at R.E. Lee High School in Tyler from 1958 to 1963, where he also served as assistant principal from 1964 to 1967. Dick served as administrative assistant to the TISD superintendent for two years and then as assistant superintendent of business until 1987. He was director of the Texas School Business Association, life member of NEA, TSTA, Texas School Business Association and the Retired School Personnel. He retired in 1987 after 34 years in the Texas public school system.
He was involved in several civic organizations including the Goodwill of Tyler first Board of Directors, President of Tyler Optimist Club, Southwest Basketball Officials Association of Tyler, chairman of the board of Pollard Methodist Church, chairman of Smith County Appraisal Review Board, and served several years as treasurer of Smith County Retired Teacher and as president of SCRTA. He attended Pollard United Methodist Church for 30 years and has been an active member of First Baptist since 1987, serving on many committees and positions in the CIA Class.
He married Mary Ann Johnson, of Waco, in 1953 and they were together 30 years before her death in 1983. They had two daughters - Carol Ann and Claire. He married Mary L. Gaines in 1985 and she has three children - Charlie, Alicia and Patricia.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary L. Gaines Lindsay; his daughters, Carol Ann Lindsay Gafford and husband Dr. Dean Gafford, Claire Lindsay Janak and husband Carl; grandchildren, Lindsay Gafford, Travis Gafford and wife Mary, Nikki Gafford, Katie Janak, Michael Janak; inherited son, Charlie Gaines and wife Betsy, inherited daughters, Alicia Thompson and husband Larry, Patricia Jones and husband Ralph; inherited grandchildren, Carrie Gaines, Lindsay Gompert and husband Matt and their children Matt, Madelyn and Merrit, Nathan Thompson and wife Theresa and daughter Kate, Melissa Hawkes and husband Jerry and their children Isabella and Micah, Amanda Burton and Shelby Burton.
Pallbearers will be: Lindsay Gafford, Travis Gafford, Katie Janak, Nikki Gafford, Michael Janak and Nathan Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, make your gift to First Baptist Church Tyler or
Stewart Family Funeral Home
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Sept. 9, 2013