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Lindley - Virgil Byron

Source: Crawfordsville Journal,Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, Tuesday, 23 March 1976

Kingman -- Virgil Byron Lindley, 89 of Kingman died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ward (Mary Jane) Mann. He was a retired farmer and had worked for 12 years for Morgan Coal Company as a day weight master. Mr. Lindley was a member of the Kingman Community church, of which he was the oldest liviing member. He had been treasurer and trustee of the church. He had served on the Kingman Library Board for several years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 314 of Kingman, Order of Eastern Star Chapter 204, of Past Matrons and Patrons Club and of Wallace Low 12. Born June 13, 1886 in Fountain County, he was a son of Irvin and Jane Barker Lindley. He was married to Zelma Elizabeth Best on Dec 10, 1907 in Fountain County. She died in 1928. Surviving with the daughter is a sister, Mrs. Mae Harrison; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wed. in Kingman Community Church with the Rev. John Niederhaus officiating. Burial will be in Kingman Fraternal Cemetery. Friends may call at Dickerson Funeral Home. Masonic rites will be conducted at 8 o'clock tonight.

Source: History Of Fountain Co Indiana, 1983. Paducah Ky: Turner Publishing, p. 440

Virgil Byron LINDLEY, son of Charles Irvin Lindley and Rebecca Jane Barker, was born June 13, 1886 in the Pleasant Grove community, SE Millcreek Twp. His older sister was Ida Eledora, who married Hardy Bonebrake, and his youngest sister Ella Mae, was wife of William H. Harrison. After attending Watts school he became a farmer. In 1907 he married Zelma Elizabeth Best, daughter of Charles English Best and Mary Elizabeth Ratcliff. They had one daughter, Mary Jane, wife of Earl Ward Mann. Mr. Lindley was one of the 1st farmers in the Centennial area to own a tractor. He helped found the Fountain County Farm Bureau becoming a member in Mill Creek Twp. In addition to farming he was a carpenter and worked at Morgan Mine 10 years as day weighmaster. As a youth he watched the United Brethren Church being built in Kingman; he transferred his membership there from the Pleasant Grove Church. He served the church as Treasurer, Trustee & Board Member. He was active in the Kingman Masonic Lodge serving as Master and in the OES, serving as Worthy Patron. He was also a member of IOOF and Rebekah Lodges. For many years he served on Kingman Library Board. During WWI he served as a Home Guard. He was a great believer in the Republican party for which he actively campaigned. Mr. Lindley was a direct descendant of James Lindley and Simon Hadley, both prominent PA Quaker landowners who came to America from Ireland around 1712. his grandafther, Joseph and great grandfather, John came to Parke Co in the 1830's from NC. Joseph moved to Mill Creek Twp around 1846. DUring his retirement he enjoyed fishing, woodcrafts and working with flowers. He had expressed a wish to reach his 90th birthday but died in his sleep, at the home of his daughter, March 22, 1976.
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