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James Clifford Lindsey
October 30, 1940 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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We gather here today to celebrate the life of James Clifford Lindsey, known to many as Jim, and some as Dad, Papa Hammer, Uncle Jimmie, Big Jim, and the Hammer, a nickname that reflects the undeniable toughness that defined his character. Born in Dallas, Texas, on October 30, 1940, Jim’s journey through life was one filled with remarkable achievements and boundless passions, leaving a lasting mark on those who were fortunate enough to know him.
Jim's journey through life was marked by his love for sports, which began in his high school years. He excelled in football, basketball, and baseball, even playing semi-pro baseball. He was a true athlete, and his time as a quarterback at Tipton High School and his football scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University are testaments to his skill and dedication to the game.
Not only was he a sports enthusiast, but he was also a dedicated fan, particularly of the Dallas Cowboys. Jim's love for sports extended beyond playing and watching; he could always be counted on to share interesting facts, often quoting from the Guinness Book of World Records. He even wrote a fact book of his own.
Jim's lively spirit extended to every gathering he attended. He had a knack for entertaining people with his humorous stories, his love for dancing, and his beautiful singing voice. He was a sharp dresser, a lover of cleanliness and tidiness, and his car and home were always immaculate.
In the world of work, Jim was no less remarkable. He held various roles throughout his life, from personnel manager to chamber manager, and even as a business owner. His strong work ethic prevailed, as he continued working until the age of 79. He was a kind and generous man, always willing to lend a helping hand or the shirt off his back to anyone in need.
Jim had a deep love for music, especially old country classics from artists like George Jones, Merle Haggard, and David Allen Coe.
He was always joking around and telling funny stories. When people would ask his birth date, he would say it is a quart or oil referring to the numbers 10-30-40.
Today, we also remember Jim's family who preceded him in death: his parents, Alvis Willard Lindsey and Margie Bess Lindsey, and his sister, Billie Hunter. Jim leaves behind a loving family who will cherish his memory: his wife of 44 years, Amanda Lindsey; three daughters, Felicia Estep, Jamie Payne, and Brenda Tafla; and his six grandchildren, Steven Estep, Faith Estep, Jacob Payne, Alex Payne, Erin Payne, and Lauren Tafla, as well as two great-grandsons, Justin Estep and Jase Payne.
In closing, let us remember Jim for the remarkable man he was, a sportsman, an entertainer, a hard worker, and a wonderful husband and father. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts, and his legacy will continue to inspire us to live life with the same vitality and passion that he did.
Rest in peace, Jim Lindsey, the Hammer, a true legend in our hearts.
We all know if he were here today, he would say, “Good to see ya come, good to see ya go”.