Mr. William Joseph “Joe Bill” Lindley, Jr., 84, of Snow Camp, NC passed away on October 7, 2021 following two years of failing health. He was born on February 6, 1937 to the late William Joseph Lindley, Sr. and Bertha (Zachary) Lindley of Snow Camp, receiving the nickname of ‘Joe Billy’ by which he was known (in variation) his entire life. For just shy of 63 years, he was the husband of Jane Andrew Lindley, who survives.
Joe Bill was a lifelong farmer, beginning as early as high school, raising a grand champion steer, and becoming a lifelong member of the 4-H Honor Club. In 1969, he was named Outstanding Young Farmer in Alamance County, which led to State competition, where he placed first runner-up for the North Carolina OYF Award. Most recently, in 2018, he was presented the Alamance County Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture recognition for his lifelong, untiring effort to promote and preserve agriculture in Alamance County and North Carolina. As he actively farmed, he worked for American Breeders Service for over 50 years, serving three counties in this sector of agriculture. His passion for meeting people and making friends was enhanced through this work. Joe Bill loved the land and particularly loved working the land. Even as his health was failing, he would often find a way to climb a tractor or combine and work whenever he was able. Being on a tractor was one of his happy places.
As passionate as Joe Bill was about farming, he was even more passionate for his family and many friends. As busy as he was farming, he always found time and enjoyed talking with family and friends, never missing an opportunity to make them feel special and loved. Meeting someone for the first time, Joe Bill would almost immediately ask where they were from, who they were related to, and often find someone in common that they knew. He had a genuine interest in getting to know and finding the good in everyone he met. Plain and simple, Joe Bill just loved people.
Joe Bill served on the Board of Directors of Alamance Farmers Fire Insurance Company for decades. He joined the Eli Whitney Fire Department soon after its inception, serving voluntarily as a firefighter, then serving on the Board of Directors, followed by chairing the Board for several terms. He was an active member of the Eli Whitney Ruritan Club until health issues prevented further fundraising activity.
Joe Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
In addition to his wife of the home, survivors include a son, David Andrew Lindley of Snow Camp (fiancée, Joanie Laws), two daughters, Mary Lindley Hill (Tom) of Christiansburg, VA, Sarah Lindley Piera (Pete) of West River, MD, six grandchildren, Krysta Lindley of Durham, NC, Andrew Lindley of Ft. Collins, CO, Lindley Hill Eaton (Eric) of Lexington, KY, Natalie Hill of Cleveland, OH, Katherine and Christina Piera of West River, MD, and one great grandchild, Jack Thomas Eaton of Lexington, KY.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 Thursday, October 14, 2021 at South Fork Friends Church, 359 South Fork-Bethel Road, Snow Camp, NC with a funeral service at 3:00 in South Fork Friends Church. Burial will follow at Spring Friends Cemetery, 3323 E. Greensboro Chapel Hill Road, Snow Camp, NC 27349
Due to Covid concerns, the family requests that masks be worn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to South Fork Friends Building Fund, 359 South Fork-Bethel Road, Snow Camp, NC 27349.
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