Pat Brown Lindley, age 80, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 15, 2020.
There will be a Come and Go Visitation on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home. There will be a Private Family Memorial Service at a later date.
Pat was born on March 15, 1940 in Mount Vernon, Texas. The husband of Judith Meek Lindley and son of the late Joe and Ura Mae (Brown) Lindley. Pat was raised by his aunt Ima Brown who also preceded him in death. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in the Class of 1957. Pat has been a member of First Baptist Church for the past 68 years.
He began his dairy business in 1956 as a junior in high school. He was an active participant in the FFA program in high school and earned his Lone Star Farmer degree. Although he sold his dairy herd in 1989 after 33 years in the business, he continued in the beef cattle business up to the day of his death. He loved what he did for a living and truly cared for his animals, going the extra mile to see them thrive.
He was an active member of the community since an early age. He was named Outstanding Young Farmer in Franklin County in 1961, Outstanding Young Farmer in Area IV in 1962, Outstanding Conservation Farmer in Sulphur-Cypress Soil Conservation District in 1984, and was named Franklin County’s Agriculturist of the Year in 1992.
He was elected and served on the Mount Vernon ISD Board of Trustees from 1972 to 1982. He was secretary and vice-president during that time.
In 1977, Pat was asked to join the Board of Directors for First National Bank. He was on the board for 42 years where he served on various committees include loan committee, supporting agricultural and farm loan oversight. He served on the board up until the bank was sold in 2019.
He has served on the Wood County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors since 1978 and served as the Board President for 22 years from 1998 to the present. As board president, he represented Wood County Electric Cooperative as a board member on East Texas Electric Cooperative, Northeast Texas Cooperative and Texas Electric Cooperative board of directors. He served on the Board of Directors for the Franklin County Appraisal District from 1980 to 1996, served on the Franklin County Hospital Board of Managers and the Franklin County Enterprise Zone Board. He was a past member of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club.
He was also instrumental in developing the Franklin County Youth Baseball Association. He was an active participate in supporting the Mt. Vernon/Saltillo FFA-4H Annual Livestock and Project show where he was responsible for purchasing many students’ champion entries throughout the years.
He was inducted into the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2007.
Pat and Judy were instrumental in funding the creation and construction of The Harbor Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church for the spiritual education of the youth of Franklin County. Pat also served on various church committees including Building and Finance.
Up until the day of his death, Pat was actively involved in investing and the management of his cattle ranching business where he continued to manage the cattle on the land he loved. While Pat will be remembered for his support of the community and his beloved cattle operations, the most memorable aspects of his life were his faith, and his devotion to his wife, children and grandchildren. He married the love of his life, Judith Meek Lindley, on August 5, 1961 at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon. The couple just celebrated their 59th year of marriage.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife Judith and children, daughter Kimberly and husband Christopher Bourdon; son, Todd Patrick Lindley and partner Jana Magee. A son, Craig Benton Lindley predeceased him in 1978; five grandchildren, Alexandra Lindley, Isabella Lindley, Sophia Lindley, Genevieve Bourdon and Patrick
Bourdon; and numerous extended family and friends in the community.
If desired, contributions in his memory may be made to the Children’s Building Fund First Baptist Church (903-537-2322) or the Mt. Vernon ISD Education Foundation (mvisdeducationfoundation.org).
Online condolences may be made at: www.samharveyfuneralhome.com.
Services entrusted to Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home.
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