John Melvin Lindley
December 2, 1941 – May 15, 2019
John Lindley, 77, of Bryan, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in his home. The family will receive guests beginning at 10 until the time of service at 11 am, Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Centers, 3001 South College Ave, Bryan, Texas, 77801.
John was born to his parents John and Faye Lindley on December 2, 1941, in Thornton, TX. He was Union Elevator Constructor and card-carrying member of the National Elevator Union – Local 31 of Houston from 1967 to 1979. He withdrew from the Union and took a supervisory position with Westinghouse/Schindler Elevator. He worked for Schindler from 1980 until he retired in March 2011. After he retired from Schindler, he became an Elevator Inspector until March 31, 2019. All who knew him considered John a legend in the Elevator Industry.
He was well known for his strength and integrity, being a straight-shooter, he was all about honesty and told you how it was even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. He used several quotes such as “I love you like a brother” if you did a good job or he was happy with the results, or he would say, “you failed miserably” if you didn’t do what he expected from you. He had many different sayings throughout his career and enjoyed working with everyone in the industry. He loved life, his family, working, sports, hunting, and horse racing. When you think of John, please remember him as a hard-working man, a provider for his family, and a wonderful loving person full of laughter and funny quotes.
John’s parents preceded him in death.
John is survived by his wife Sharon the love of his life; his children Shelley Lindley, Kelley Lindley, sons, James McDowell and wife Lori, Justin Cheatham and wife Kristy; his grandchildren Rio Lindley, Shelbi Bayer and husband Colton, Jordin McDowell, Riley and Cash Cheatham; great-grandchildren Blakeli and Tucker Bayer; his brother James Roy Lindley and wife Bernice; his two nieces Mary and Cecile and their families; and numerous relatives and many close friends.
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