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James M. Lindsey

James Monroe Lindsey, age 91, of Newark, MO, died Monday, December 10, 2012, in the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, MO.

He was born January 21, 1921, in Newark, MO the son of Sam and Cora Belle Montague Lindsey.

He was united in marriage to Edna Britt on October 18, 1951, in Piggot Arkansas and she preceded him in death on January 24, 2009.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter Nancy Lee Lindsey and brothers, Lee, Noble, Guy, Ray and Curtis Lindsey and one sister Helen Gueswell.

Surviving are one daughter Betty Jean Ream and husband Lawrence of Sedalia, MO, one granddaughter Lindsey Lee Ream, two sisters, Annabel Stonemets and Pauline Brookhart and husband Jack, both of Ft. Collins, CO, sister-in-law Catherine Starling and husband Billy Clinton, N.C. and several nieces, nephews and loving friends especially Connie Williams of Kirksville, MO.

Jim was a mechanical engineer for Allis Chalmers which gave him the brilliance to create the magical displays for his Christmas lights that filled children and adults alike with wonder and delight.  His lights still shine today when Bruce and Vickie Latchford carried on his tradition at their home in Callao, MO.

His greatest pleasure in life was playing bluegrass music with his family and friends.  Even more important was teaching those who wanted to learn bluegrass music.  He knew no strangers only friends and all were welcomed to his home and campsite for hugs all around and if you were lucky fresh fish.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Rodley Lewis officiate the services.  Burial was in the Mt. Salem Cemetery.  Music was provided by Dr. Glenn and Anna Browning. Casket bearers were Larry Simmons, Darrell Simmons, Gary Simmons, Bob Simmons, Justin Parrish, Bob Howe. Honorary bearers were Harold Bachman, Dr. Glenn Browning, Frank Lonberger, Jimmy Lindsey, Faren Lindsey, Vance Parrish, Bruce Latchford.

Memorials may be made to the Nancy Lee Lindsey Nursing Scholarship at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.