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William Royce Lindsey, 88, of Whatley died Dec. 31, 2013 at USA Medical Center in Mobile as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident that day.

He was born Nov. 16, 1925 to Joseph Duke and Dula Payne Lindsey. He was a 1943 graduate of Clarke County High School. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the First Armored Amphibian Tank Battalion C Company, making combat landings with the 4th Marine Division at Marshall Islands, 3rd Marine Division at Guam and the 6th Marine Division at Ryuku Islands. After World War II he re-enlisted and retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. He returned to Whatley in 1971 where he married Betty Jean Hicks, who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2012. He was a member of the Horeb Baptist Baptist Church. He also was retired from the State Highway Department.

Survivors include nieces and nephews, Linda Slayton, Joe Lindsey, both of Grove Hill, Sherie Martin, Florence, Spidle Lindsey, Elberta, Cynthia L. Smith, Goshen, Susan L. Drinkard, Thomasville, Eddie Lindsey, Sherman, Texas, Mickey Lindsey, Milton, Fla., Mitch Hicks, Albany, Ga., a great-nephew, Derek Robinson, Whatley.

Mr. Lindsey was the last surviving brother of four siblings, the others being Joe Payne Lindsey, Grove Hill, Gayle Lindsey, Monroeville, David Lindsey, Whatley.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at Horeb Baptist Church with Rev. Warren Shewmake officiating. His cremains will be buried in Whatley Cemetery at a later date.

An online guest book may be signed at www.lathanfuneralhomes.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill will direct.


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