COURTNEY "Corky" LINDSEY

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Courtney Lindsey passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. He was 88 years old. Corky Lindsey was born on August 16, 1930, to Emmett and Mattie Lindsey in Starkville, MS. Corky moved to Kerman, CA in 1937, and graduated from Kerman Union High School in 1949. He served 21 months in the United States Army in Korea from 1951 to 1952, in the 25th Division, 27th Regiment, Easy Company, and H Company. He was discharged as a Sergeant in 1952. He returned home and married Betty Jo Ramsey on September 19, 1953. The couple settled a home briefly in Fresno and then Kerman. Corky worked for Noble Meat Company, and Diamond Meat Company as a butcher. In 1962, they opened their own business, Corky's Custom Slaughtering and ran the business successfully before selling in the 1980s. During that time he mentored several men in learning the trade. He served the community by barbequing for community events, the Kerman High School FFA, and preparing meat for the Portuguese Celebration for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years, reaching the level of Master Mason. In 1975, Corky and Betty purchased a vineyard which they still own, producing raisins. After selling the meat business, he briefly worked for Shebelut Chevrolet in Madera, CA, and H & J Chevrolet in Kerman. In his retirement years, he and Betty joined an RV travel group, the Cross Country Gypsies, where they made many friends and traveled the United States and Canada. Corky had a zest for life. He never met a stranger and could always be counted on if someone needed his help. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Harold and Paul Lindsey. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 65 years; daughters and sons-in law, Cindy and Bob Couto, Laura and Gerald Helmuth, and Patricia Lindsey; granddaughters, Lyndsie Couto Stocker and husband Tom, Ashley Couto, and Holly Helmuth; and great-grandson, Mason Stocker. He also leaves behind his brother-in-law, Clyde Ramsey; sister-in law, Claudine Lindsey; and many nieces and nephews. His devotion and love for his family was second to none. The family would like to thank Veterans' Administration Hospital; Hinds Hospice; Senior Helpers; family; and friends for their prayers and support. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at Kerman Covenant Church on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. In remembrance of Corky, please bring your favorite "Corky story". Remembrances may be sent to Hinds Hospice; or the .
Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 16, 2018
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