Obituary: Lt. Col. Raymond O’Neal Lindsey (Ret)


Funeral service for Lt. Col. Raymond O’Neal Lindsey (Ret), age 86, of Cullman, will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home with Kenneth Weldon officiating; interment in Cullman City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023, at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home.

Cullman Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond entered his heavenly residence on May 7, 2023. He was born on July 18, 1936, in Lauderdale County, Alabama, to Rev. Edgar B. Lindsey and Thurza Kathryn Dean Lindsey.

Raymond began his U.S. Army career while attending Florence State University, now the University of North Alabama, by joining the ROTC. He became Commander of the 883rd Quartermaster Co. in Muscle Shoals. The Company under his command was awarded the Most Outstanding Reserve unit in the United States. He would later go to Miami, Florida, to receive the award from the Reserve Officers Association. Also under his command of this unit, he became a Master Paratrooper, signifying that he had jumped at least 100 times. Prior to the Most Outstanding Reserve Unit award, the unit had already received two other awards, one as the Most Outstanding Reserve Unit in the 121st ARCOM (Alabama and Mississippi) and in the Third Army Command.

After his retirement from the Army, he began working in the financial field by working at Pacific Finance Company, later Transamerica Financial Services in Florence, Alabama. He transferred to Cullman where he was manager and district manager. After approximately 20 years with Transamerica, he began his banking career at Leeth National Bank, which later became SouthTrust Bank. He then worked for Community Bank of Marshall County and First Bank of Eva, serving as president of each one. He then worked at first Commercial Bank, now known as Premier Bank. His final banking position was as Executive Vice President at Peoples Bank of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Craig Lindsey; grandsons, Levi Lindsey and Jason Lindsey; brother, Charles Lindsey; and brother-in-law, Jerry Sharp.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Louise Helms Lindsey; sons, Neal (Vanessa) Lindsey and Todd Lindsey; grandsons, Chris (Kim) Lindsey, Luke Lindsey, Alex Lindsey, and Kevin Lindsey; great-grandchildren, Mason (Treyla) Lindsey, Carter Lindsey, Gavin Lindsey, and Emma Lindsey; sister, Pat Sharp; mother of his children, Geraldine Cooper; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Manord, Raymond Williams, Jackie Satterfield, Chris Lindsey, Luke Lindsey, and Mason Lindsey. Honorary pallbearer will be Robin Cummings.