Billy Gene Lindsey, 63, of Vidor, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 at Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital.

 He was a native of Jacksonville and resident of the Beaumont area most of his life. He began driving a truck at the early age of sixteen which eventually lead to a career with Mobil Oil where he was awarded the Million Mile Service Award. For the last fourteen years, Mr. Lindsey owned and operated Bill Lindsey Construction in Kountze.

Bill, also known as “The Watermelon Man” had many hobbies which included farming, enjoying all God’s gifts of nature and wildlife, woodcarving, genealogy, astronomy, and studying and speaking Cherokee.

 He is survived by his wife, Sharon LaComb Lindsey of Vidor; daughters, Kimberly Lambert and her husband Dr. Albert Lambert of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Carrie Ann Chandler of Jacksonville and Kelly Gene Lindsey of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Sarah, Sofia, and Savannah Lambert, and Erica and Kelby Smith; mother, Lorene Cole of Mixon; sisters, Frances White of Jacksonville, Gail Lindsey of Mixon, and Gina Williams of Mt. Selman; and brother, Ronnie Lindsey of Jacksonville.

 Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Gossett’s Chapel Cemetery in Jacksonville. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, 2008 at Broussard’s.

 Bill Lindsey will always be remembered as an extraordinary man of Christian faith who without fail upheld his moral values and ethics. Because of his example, everyone who knew him and came in contact with him is a better person.

 Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Foundation, 610 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, Missouri 20852 or American Cancer Society, c/o Research Department, 755 South 11th Street, Suite 212, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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