Bobbie Lindsey, better known as Bob, was born August 23, 1921 in Corning, Arkansas, the son of S.P. and Anna A. Lindsey, and departed this life on December 7, 2012 at the age of 91.
Bob made his decision to accept Christ, as a youth, at First Christian Church in Corning, Arkansas, his boyhood church. He was baptized and remained faithful as a lifelong believer.
Bob and his mother and dad moved to Cabool, Missouri, in June 1934. Bob graduated from Cabool High School in 1940 and was a member of Cabool’s first football team in 1938. He attended Central College, Fayette, Missouri; Southwest Missouri State College; and graduated from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin. He enlisted in the Army while a student at Southwest Missouri State College shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served in North Africa and Italy with the combat engineers of the 6th Corps under General Mark Clark.
Following World War II, he returned home and opened a photography studio. In 1946 he joined his dad, brother Jordan, and sister Loraine in Cabool State Bank.
January 12, 1947 Bob and Daisy Scott Gearing, a teacher in the local school, were married. Daisy was a young widow with a five-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen. Roger Scott Lindsey was born January 7, 1948; Rebecca Anne, March 2, 1949; and Martha Janice, May 2, 1957. Daisy was from Mountain Grove, Missouri, daughter of George W. and Oma Scott. George Scott was pastor of Mtn. Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Bob took a leave of absence from the bank in 1951 and moved just outside the city limits on 109 acres to raise broilers, 25,000 at a time, with Daisy and their children.
In 1956 he returned full time to the bank, succeeding his father as president. October 30, 1979, the Lindsey family sold their controlling interest in the bank, and Bob continued with the bank as investment officer and director.
Bob and family were active in civic affairs and members of the Christian Church. Among organizations he served: school board, 15 years; Texas County savings bond chairman, 25 years; church board, 33 years; Junior Chamber of Commerce; Chamber of Commerce; Cabool Development Corp.; Red Cross; South Missouri Christian Men’s Evangelistic Association; Sunday school superintendent and teacher; P.T.A.; elder of church, 39 years; Rock Garden Christian Service Camp trustee; Kiwanis; Ozarks Development Corp.; state and area bankers’ associations.
Bob still found time to be a family man with 65 years, 11 months of marriage to Daisy. The family enjoyed vacations together, fishing, boating, and at middle age, Bob and Daisy took up flying, bought their own four place single engine Cessna aircraft, and flew all over the United States, plus back and forth to southern Florida many years.
Bob liked being married, especially with the idea of starting off with a child, Mary Ellen, at marriage. He wrote several articles “On the Road with Bob & Daisy” for the Cabool Enterprise sharing travel experiences. Time and again people would remark, and even write letters to him about their joy in reading those articles.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, S.P. and Anna A. Lindsey; brothers Paul and Jordan Lindsey; sisters Mary E. and Loraine F. Lindsey; two sons-in-law, Dell Grose and Bill Daugherty; and a grandson, Lindsey “Tige” McCullough.
Bob is survived by his wife, Daisy Scott Lindsey; children Mary Ellen Gifford and husband Ronnie, Roger Lindsey and wife Peggy, Becky Taff and husband Larry, and Martha Grose; grandchildren Beth Anne Stephens and husband Philip, David McCullough and wife Betsy, Amy O’Dell and husband Grady, Darren Taff and wife Mackenzie, Scott Lindsey and wife Mandy, Tyler Grose and wife Jessica, and Tamara Feucht and husband Jeramyn; great-grandchildren Ashley and Sara Peznell, Lindsey and Eden McCullough, Carson and Teagan Lindsey, Michael (Jessica), Matthew (Cheyenne), and Justin O’Dell, Mary Addison and Emmerson Taff, Kyla, Savanna and Isaiah Grose, and Kyan and Korbin Feucht; brother-in-law Rolla (Helen) Smith; sisters-in-law Leah Postlewaite and Genelle Scott; many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 10, 2012, at Cabool Christian Church with Bro. Bob Martin and Grady O’Dell officiating. Pallbearers were Nick Matherly, Jim Beller, Everett Beller, Brad Miller, Gaylord Bachelor and Grady O’Dell. Interment was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.