James N. Lindsey

by Lynn McMillen
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James N. LindseyJames N. Lindsey, age 90, passed away on March 16, 2024, in Westland, Michigan.
Beloved father of Tammy and Jeffrey Lindsey.
Son of the late Bev and Ethel Lindsey.
Brother of the late Adle, Elsie, Earl, Austin, Cecil, Thurman, and Billy.
Dearest uncle and friend of Durrell.

A neighborhood fixture at the old Leon’s on Wayne Rd., spending evenings gathered with his retired buddies, sharing stories, meals, and lots of sarcasm. Breakfast, lunch to some, was spent at the Merri-Man Restaurant where he met so many wonderful people who became extended family and friends. He sat at the coffee bar every morning, enjoying his scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, and coffee chatting with whoever was beside him or came up to pay. Many times, being mistaken for “Ho-ho” to the kiddos because of his beard. (He loved that!) A lot of times getting a hug from the regulars as they paid and left the restaurant.

When Merri-Man closed, he found himself adopted as a regular by Mira, Jouli, and Sam at Jouli’s Restaurant on Wayne Road, where they too, became extended family and friends. During Covid, upon arrival, they disinfected the area where he would be sitting and treated him like a precious human. This, when most people were isolated and alone. Later on, “Jimmy, drink your water!” – was a comment heard often as his health started wavering. Thank you, Mira.

He was known for his wit, sarcasm, and kindness. Dad’s tomato garden was legendary, and the tomatoes shared with the patrons of and cooks at Merri-Man Restaurant, and friends. He loved his birds, his Min-Pins, and being outside gardening or tinkering. As a tradition for the children in our family, he bought Silver Proof Sets for them every Christmas until they turned 18. He wanted to share with them a life-long hobby of his, that they could then share with their children. There are three little ones now that will miss this beloved tradition.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 2, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Morrison Funeral Home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The funeral service will immediately follow in the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place afterwards at the Crooked Oak Cemetery, Town of Crooked Oak, Alabama.

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