Rev. Dr. Julian Astor Lindsey
1913 — 2013
STATESVILLE — The Rev. Dr. Julian Astor Lindsey, of the Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community, in Winston-Salem, passed away Friday, Feb. 15. The oldest United Methodist minister in the Western North Carolina Conference, he was 97 days shy of his 100th birthday. He served 11 appointments in 44 years for the Western North Carolina Conference, as assistant pastor, senior pastor, district superintendent, and director of the conference council on ministries. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Arkansas and the European Theater of Operations with the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces, 1943-46.
He was born May 23, 1913, to Jacob Lindsey and Annie Bondurant Lindsey in Leatherwood, Virginia, the oldest of four sons. He married Frances Ruark Oct. 8, 1939, in the Duke University Chapel.
Born to them were four children, Dr. Bryant Lindsey (Linda), of Morganton, Alice Caylor (Willard), of Denver, Julie Loflin, of Greensboro, and Stuart Lindsey (Rebecca), of Mooresville. They were blessed by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, all dearly cherished.
Julian was predeceased by his parents; his wife Frances; his three brothers, James, Richard and Virgil; a son-in-law, John Loflin; a grandson, Jonathan Lindsey; and a great-granddaughter, Hope Loflin.
The memorial and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville. The Revs. Randy Sherrill and Dr. George Thompson will officiate. Visitation will follow in the church fellowship hall. Nicholson Funeral Home in Statesville is in charge of arrangements and a full obituary is available at www.nicholsonfunerals.com.