James Douglas Lindsey born May 24, 1952, in his family home in Anniston, Alabama to Whiley Lee Lindsey and Willie Christine Gihn. From the age of eight James was raised by his loving foster parents Edna and Ellis Young in Otchee, Alabama.
At the age of 16 he was released from foster care then moved to Lansing, Michigan in search of his birth mother Chris. James lived with his mother where he attended Everett High school finished the 9th grade.
James voluntarily joined the Army on February 20, 1970, to February 19, 1976, as a PFC Radio Operator in the Vietnam war.
James met his loving wife Trudy Root on leave in 1971. On August 12, 1972, the two married and shared 50 beautiful years that were filled with love, life & laughter together as one. August 13 of this year they had a wonderful anniversary party put on by their daughters.
James favorite vacation spots were in Little Brevort, Michigan and Wixom Lake in Beaverton, Michigan. His love for Wixom Lake at his sister Linda Clever’s cabin whom he shared a special & loving relationship with is the reason he chose to move to Beaverton, Mi to spend the rest of his days on earth.
He enjoyed fishing and boating along with singing and playing his guitar. James also loved playing in his garden and planting flowers. James favorite hymn was The Old Rugged Cross. James served as a Lay Minister in Potter Park UMC in 1992 until its closing.
James also loved to volunteer his time helping others no matter their needs. James was involved in several outreach programs through the years. James had a special friend in his favorite pet Dolly who proceeded him in death. The two were inseparable until Dolly crossed the rainbow bridge. While living in Beaverton, Mi James met and made many friends who became more like family to him. 3 of those men he was especially close to and felt like he had gained sons he never had. Lance Hughes, Michael Gilman along with Matt Grandy.
James is survived by his wonderful wife Trudy, his beautiful and loving children; Sandra (William) Johnson of Williston, ND, Taska Springs of Beaverton, Michigan, and Mandie Allison of Beaverton, Michigan,
Grandchildren; Frances Springs, Jennifer Johnson, William Vaughn, Douglas Vaughn, Zakary Johnson, Martesha Williams, Jeffery Allison, Trudy Allison, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren, James loving sisters; Linda Clever, Effie Jane Russell, and Sandra (Gene) Haynes. He is predeceased by his mother Willie Christine (Chris) Fraiser, foster parents, Ellis and Edna Young, brother and best friend, Oliver (Keith) Lindsey, son in laws, Jeffery Allison and Gregory Springs, grandsons, Danny James Allison and Gregory Springs. Along with many other family members and friends over the years. James was a true inspiration to so many who got to know him and love him over the years. Some of his last words were tell everyone I love them and will see you again on the other side.