DENNIS WAYNE “COACH” LINDSAY

Posted on Aug 24, 2011 - 04:06 PM

Dennis W. Lindsay, 71, of Gloucester, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, after a long battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

He was a long-time employee of Anheuser-Busch and a lifelong Peninsula resident before moving to Gloucester County in 2001. He was a 43-year Master Mason with the Warwick Masonic Lodge 336.

A native of Seaford, Va., Dennis was the son of the late Horace Vernon Lindsay Sr. and Allene White Lindsay. He was preceded in death by his older brothers, Floyd Edward Lindsay and Maj. Horace V. Lindsay Jr. (USAF) who was killed in a C-130 aircraft crash in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1971.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee Anderson Lindsay, a native of Bluefield, Va.; his sons, Michael W. Lindsay and his wife Becky of Winchester, Va., David Martin Lindsay and his wife Kathryn of Hayes; and grandchildren, Brett and Brooke Lindsay of Hayes. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Helen Jennings Lindsay of Yorktown, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Dennis’s life was framed by his love of God, love of country, and love of the Republican Party. He was a wonderful dad whose biggest pride was his sons. His greatest achievement was raising two college graduates from young men to adulthood who both have become leaders in their communities. He also spent years molding the youth of Newport News through his work with Sanford Football, Deer Park Little League, and Warwick Moose Pony League. Hundreds of men are better citizens because of the lessons he provided. He was a true community leader who epitomized service beyond self. His love of baseball included the love of the Yankees. In his lifetime, he listened to and watched as many games as he could. He knew the scores, statistics and players, as well as the compilers of the baseball encyclopedias. His knowledge earned him the name of "Coach" among his co-workers and friends.

A little known fact is that Dennis was well known for his baking skills. Each year, he received numerous orders across Virginia for Grandma Lindsay’s yellow cake with chocolate icing and his famous coconut cake. His culinary capabilities will be missed by all.

Dennis was an ardent fan of Emory and Henry football and never missed a chance to attend a game. Legions of fans will always remember him and Pat for their hospitality and lavish tailgate parties.

The Lindsay family would like to extend a special thanks and sincere words of appreciation to all members of the staff on Botetourt Hall at Walter Reed Convalescent Center. Their care, sensitivity, and considerations are unparalleled.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until service time in the funeral home.