Fayne Elbert Lindsey
August 22, 1933 – November 5, 2017
Fayne Elbert Lindsey was born on August 22, 1933 in Forney, Alabama to Clyde and Adele Lindsey. He passed away in Oklahoma City on November 5, 2017. Fayne graduated from Cedar Bluff High School in 1951. He married Helen Ringer on August 8, 1954. Fayne served in the military from 1954 – 1956. He then graduated from Auburn University in 1958 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Fayne and his brother, Kenneth, owned and operated Lindsey Construction Company, Lindsey Engineering Company, and Lindsey Hereford Farms from 1958 to 1966. Fayne had a great sense of community and giving back. While residing in Cherokee County, Fayne served on the Tri-County Mental Health Hospital Board, the Board of Tri-County Mental Health Hospital, the Cherokee County Industrial Board, the Alabama-Coosa River Improvement Association, and the Tri-County Tuberculosis Hospital. From 1964 to 1970, Fayne was the Chairman of the Board of Revenue and the County Commission.
Employment with Boise Cascade (1966-1996) brought Fayne and Helen to Holdenville in 1971, with their four children. In addition to employment with Boise Cascade, he participated in the Tri-City Industrial Council, the Oklahoma Economic Development District, and was honored as Distinguished Member of the Holdenville Chamber of Commerce in 1979. He was appointed y the governor to serve on the Oklahoma State Health Planning Council, and the Physician Manpower Training Commission.
Fayne and Helen returned to Alabama in 1985, when Fayne accepted the position of Cherokee County Engineer. Upon retirement in 1996, they returned to Holdenville to be near their children and grandchildren. He has served as a City Council member for Ward 1 since April 1, 2003 to the present, where he was instrumental in the new Holdenville Lake Project. He also served on the Resource Conservation Development Council.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents and an infant brother.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; children Rebecca and son-in-law, David Foster of Purcell, Oklahoma; Ann Shed of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Scott and daughter-in-law, Rhonda Lindsey of Prague, OK; and Dawn Lindsey of Holdenville, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren: Ashley Sanford, Trevor (Nikki) Foster, Travis (Holly) Foster, Clint Lindsey, Lindsey Fechter (Corey), Justin (Kati) Shed, Erica (Rory) Forsgren, and Christopher Lindsey; eight great-grandchildren: Shea Stafford, Tattum Sanford, Ty Sanford, Aubrey Foster, Addi Jo Foster, Ruston Foster, Journee Foster, and Carter Fechter; one brother, Kenneth (Gail) Lindsey; one sister, Sue (Thomas) Owens; one brother-in-law, Ralph (Brenda) Ringer all of Cherokee County, Alabama.
At Fayne’s request, there will no services. Visitation will be Thursday, November 9, 2017 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Barnard United Methodist Church fellowship hall, Eighth and Gulf Street, Holdenville, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holdenville Education Foundation, P.O. Box 641, Holdenville, OK 74848, or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, www.omrf.org.