Lindsey, William

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By The Staff

William Scott Lindsey, 53, was born Dec. 29, 1955 in Valdosta, Ga. and died Jan. 20, 2009 in Tallahassee.

Lindsey was raised and spent almost all of his life in Tallahassee, where he was a leader in the legal and business communities. He attended North Florida Christian School, Cobb Middle School and Leon High School. In 1977, he graduated with a bachelor of arts from Florida State University, majoring in history. Scott attended Loyola law school in New Orleans and then in 1981 graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with honors. He became a member of the Florida Bar in 1982 and went on to be a name partner in the law firms Lindsey & Williams and then Boyd, Lindsey & Sliger in Tallahassee, specializing in commercial transactions in and around the Tallahassee area and along the gulf coast.

In 2006, he founded the Lindsey Law Firm in Tallahassee. He was a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association since 1984 and actively participated in the association's pro bono program, personally handling a variety of family law and civil cases at no charge for those who could not afford legal counsel.

He also excelled in business. In the late 1990s, he became the chief executive officer and director of the Dixie Oil Company Inc. and Dixie Refineries Inc., based in Tifton, Ga. He guided those businesses, long-held by the Lindsey family, to a successful acquisition in 2001. He was co-owner of the Tallahassee Title Group. He was one of the leading founders of The Bank of Tallahassee and served as the bank's chairman of the board until the bank became a part of the Tampa-based Florida Bank Group in 2007. Lindsey helped to finance and redevelop the riverbank area in Carrabelle.

He loved the outdoors and often spent his free time on his boat with his friends along the Gulf Coast and the St. Marks and Carrabelle rivers.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite Suber Lindsey of Tallahassee; daughter, Andrea Lindsey Barber (Mark) of Villa Rica, Ga.; stepchildren, Miller Gay of Broomfield, Colo. and Stephanie Bubien of Pensacola; grandchildren, Berkley and Bryce Gay and Shelby Bubien; parents, Dr. William Frederick Lindsey and Jimmie Moore Lindsey of Tallahassee; siblings, Fredda Lindsey Ellis of Malibu, Calif., Robert Burton Lindsey of Tallahassee, David Moore Lindsey of New York City and John Brett Lindsey of Birmingham, Ala.; nephews and nieces, Ross, Graham and Ashley Ellis, and Josh, Madeline, Caroline, Emma and Frederick Lindsey.

Lindsey loved animals and is also survived by his blond Labrador, "Dixie," who went to work and sometimes practiced law with him, and his black Schnauzer, "Winston." He made all of us better and made our lives richer. He treated everyone with kindness and respect, no matter their status or rank. We will miss his sharp intellect, his odd sense of humor and his passion for those things dear to him.

His wife will miss his love and companionship and his daughter will miss his devotion and guidance. His parents will miss their oldest son and his four siblings will miss their leader. His loving wife and family will always love him and will forever be proud of him. We are sad that illness brought his life to an end far too soon for us to bear.

Services were held at the Fellowship Hall at Faith Presbyterian Church Jan. 24. Contributions may be made in his name to the Children's Lighthouse, 7771 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32309, www.lighthousechildrenshome.com or the Leon County Humane Society, 413 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312, www.lchs.info.