Lee Howard Linzay, Sr.
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Lee Howard Linzay, Sr., 85, of Springdale, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at his home. He was born February 26, 1927 in Lecompte, Louisiana, to Lee Howard and Essie Pittman Linzay.
Lee worked for Farm Bureau Insurance for 50 years, building one of the most successful agencies within the Company, which operates in ten states. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for over 30 years. He also had farming interests in Arkansas and Louisiana.
He graduated from University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He also earned CLU and ChFC degrees from American College in Bryan Meyer, Pennsylvania.
He was a former member of the Big Island Hunting Club, Jonesboro Rotary Club, Gideons International, and Elks Lodge. He was active in Jaycees where he received the Outstanding Young Man Award in 1962. He also served as State President of the Arkansas Life Underwriters Association in 1976, and the Jonesboro School Board as president and chairman of the Building Committee that rebuilt the school system after the tornado of 1973. He helped develop the Craighead County Fair Association and served as the volunteer fair manager in the early years. He was involved in the Craighead Forest Lake Park and a board member of the City Water and Light.
Lee was a member of Cross Church while living in Springdale. As a former member of Baptist churches in Jonesboro and Mountain Home, Lee served on fund-raising committees, including chairing the committee to build the Mount Zion Baptist Camp in Walcott, AR.
Lee was a veteran serving in the Navy Medical Corps during WWII. During his life he had the opportunity to travel throughout the world visiting 70 countries.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Willson) Linzay of the home whom he married July 5, 1951 in Alexandria; four children, Lee Linzay, Jr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Kathy Workman and husband Brad of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nancy Schisler and husband Lyndal of Springdale, Arkansas, Gloria Croom and husband Cliff of Mountain Home, Arkansas; one brother, Jack Linzay and wife Martha of Lecompte; 11 grandchildren, Rachel Kilpatrick and husband Denton, Julie Linzay, Walker Workman, Linzay Feilke and husband Patrick, Jonathan Schisler and wife Heather, James Schisler and wife Jenny, Joel Schisler and wife Shelby, Jordan Schisler, Jason Schisler, Ryan Croom, Alison Croom; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Schisler, Hailey Schisler, Madelyn Kilpatrick; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, August 3, at the Cross Church Chapel in Springdale with Sr. Adult Pastor Charlie Foster officiating. Interment will be at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens in Rogers, Arkansas.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 2, at Cross Church Chapel in Springdale.
Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home in Springdale, online guest book at www.heritageofnwa.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 8181, Springdale, AR 72766, or to Cross Church, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale, AR 72762.
Published in The Town Talk on July 31, 2012