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James Thomas (Tom) Lindley

James Thomas (Tom) Lindley, 79, of Deltaville passed away on March 23, 2019. He was son to Beulah and Herman Lindley from Russiaville, Indiana, brother to Francis Lindley, and uncle to Scot Bowlin, all now deceased.

He is survived by four children, Lee (Karen) Lindley, Stacy (Randy) Casco, Stephanie (Billy) Sowers, and Ross (Michelle Gratz) Lindley; six grandchildren, Kristin Seigler, Kawika Casco, Kainoa Casco, Will Sowers, Lake Casco, and Kegan Sowers; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Carol (Jim) Bowlin and Jan (David Mendaz) Baird; as well as two nieces, Melanie Bowlin and Dawn Scircle, who is also his Goddaughter. Also left to honor his memory is his loving wife, Sharon Topping; along with sister-in-law, Paulette Topping; brother-in-law, Everette Topping; as well as a very special friend, Elwood Steurer, whom Sharon and Tom love as a son.

Tom grew up on a family farm in Indiana where at an early age he learned the value of hard work. He went on to graduate from Western High School in Russiaville, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and received his doctorate in Economics and Finance from the University of Georgia. He taught at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa (UA), and University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Tom and Sharon met at the UA where they both were on the faculty and finished their careers at USM, after which they retired to Deltaville. They both were active researchers in their respective fields allowing them to meet many colleagues at academic meetings and conferences. From these encounters, they made many lifelong friends. Tom published numerous articles in finance and banking journals including several books. He also was Editor of The Journal of Economics and Finance while serving on several editorial boards. While being a serious researcher, he also was a dedicated teacher as well. He spent much time with his students advising them in course selection while coaching them in career decisions. He did the same for young faculty members who needed encouragement in their teaching and research pursuits.

Throughout Tom’s life, he was known for his work ethic and integrity, and he tried to instill these values into his children and grandchildren. Often he would involve them in some of his projects, outworking them every time, but if someone managed to keep up, he or she had bragging rights forever. He and Sharon loved their home on Moore’s Creek and you would often find him sitting on the porch or pier enjoying conversations with family and visitors. Always included in these happy times were the family Doberman, Sophie, along with the two much loved rescues, Bailey and Marchie. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Riverside Hospice of Gloucester, specifically Angie, Anita, Dreama, Ethel, Gina, and Pam along with a special thanks to Dana.

There was a graveside burial at the Norris Cemetery on Wednesday, March 27, for family and friends. A celebration of Tom’s life will be at a later date. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

posted 03.27.2019

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