Aug. 14, 1922-
A service to celebrate the life of WB Lindsey was at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. The Rev. Tommy Rush officiated. Burial followed at Liberty Baptist Cemetery in Martin.
Wilder Bloomer Lindsey, affectionately known as WB, was born Aug. 14, 1922, in Coushatta to Aaron and Gracie Lindsey. He was one of 14 children. He grew up in the Martin community of Red River Parish where he attended school, helped with the family farm, worked as a logger and drove the school bus.
On Aug. 1, 1942, WB married the love of his life, Dorothy White. Soon after, he served on the USS Heywood in the Pacific during WWII. He and his wife settled in Natchitoches 1946 following the war.
Throughout the years in Natchitoches, WB built his plumbing business. As a plumber, there was no time too late or too inconvenient to go out and fix a leak or burst pipe. He will be remembered by many as a truly honest man who was always ready to help. WB lived a life of integrity and strong faith. He loved Jesus and he loved his family. He has been a member of First Baptist Church for 72 years. WB was an avid fisherman and enjoyed sitting on the swing at Cozy Point watching sunsets and fish hitting the surface of Toledo Bend Lake.
WB is preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Bloomer Lindsey and Gracie Lee Adkins Lindsey; seven brothers, Aaron “Sonny Boy”, J. D., Waddell, Cedric, Charles, William Carol I and William Carol II; and six sisters, Onetha, Mary Lou, Lavon, Billie Dove, Bobby and Carla.
Wilder is survived by his wife of 76 years, Dorothy White Lindsey; his sister, Bettie Lindsey Anderson; three daughters, Wilder Lane Book and husband Don of Natchitoches, Patricia Ann Gruber and husband Max of Anthem, Ariz., and Ginger Lindsey Picone of Houston; eight grandchildren, Troy Neil Book and wife Teri, Eric Lindsey Book and wife Kelley, Gregory Ward Book and wife Dawn, Tara Angella Koehler and husband Shane, Anna Gruber LaBenz and husband Mike, Lisa Gruber Jones and husband Dustin, James Wilder Picone, and Leslie Allison Hickman and husband Zach; 18 great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers include Troy Book, Eric Book, Jimmy Picone, Connor Book, Wilson Book, Nik Book and David Koehler.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Hospice of Natchitoches for the loving care of their dad. A special heartfelt thank you for the loving care provided by Patricia Payne, Dorothy Johnson, Jackie Solitaire and Alice Allen.
Memorials in WB’s name may be made to First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, 508 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 or Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, 425 Liberty Church Road, Coushatta, LA 71019 or to a charity of your choice.