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William Henry Lindsay, Jr.,was born in Charleston, WV on April 22, 1964, to the late William Henry Lindsay, Sr. and Macel Desper Lindsay. He has an older sister, Bessie Renee Lindsay-Henry and a younger brother, Richard Howard Lindsay. William attended Garfield Elementary, Hillcrest Heights Elementary, Benjamin Stoddert Jr High School and graduated from Potomac Sr High School in 1982.
William was a star player on the 1981 Potomac Sr High School Maryland State Championship basketball team. He attended Frederick Community College (FCC) and the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown (UPJ) on a full scholarship. He was always in the paper while attending FCC because of his basketball skills and still holds records at UPJ. He was competitive and didn’t back down from challenges. He was invited to try out for the Washington Bullets but was in a car accident that broke his ankle and ended his basketball career. While it may seem unusual for an athlete of his caliber to go to a community college first, God had the perfect plan. As a freshman at FCC, William met Preena Bowins and they have been together ever since. William loved Preena from the moment they got together and knew he wanted to marry her. They were married on March 7, 1987.
William worked hard and excelled everywhere he went. He was hired as audio visual staff at the Marriott and became one of a few black directors for the Marriott. He was the first director in the Audio Visual department to earn a million dollars for Crystal Gateway Marriott. Every company he worked for wanted to him to stay because he was knowledgeable, dependable, and would help anyone. His last place of employment was as a contractor for USDA where he was certified as an engineer. One of his specialties was designing and setting up full-service conference rooms. He even designed and set up audio systems for St. Phillips Baptist Church and the New Macedonia Baptist Church (TNMBC).
William was baptized at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He later joined St. Phillips Baptist Church where he served as the Chair of the Trustee Board until 1994 when he and his family joined TNMBC. He served on the trustee board at TNMBC also. William attended the Bereans bible study at Hughes Memorial United Methodist with his mother and siblings and is part of the Interfaith Saints.
William and Preena have two children, William III and Cedrick. Family was extremely important to William. He was always there, not only for William III and Cedrick, but for his nieces, nephews, parents, siblings, and extended family. He supported family members and showed up for recitals, games, trap shoots, etc. when he could. He loved to laugh and joke, especially with his brother Rick, who was his best friend. William was a champion basketball coach. He taught his teams to be unselfish, play smart and play team ball because that’s who he was. Both of his sons excelled in basketball and William and Preena would have many games they needed to attend. William was at every game unless he was traveling for work. Coaches and players respected his basketball knowledge and often sought his opinion. William was pleased when William III graduated from Morgan State College and Cedrick graduated from Richmond University. He truly enjoyed watching Cedrick play basketball at Richmond and was overjoyed when Cedrick played in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen tournament. He was happy when William III married his high school sweetheart Paige on July 31, 2015. Though William loved his family, he had a special place in his heart for his grandson, Micah. He was most happy when all the family was together.
William was legally disabled because of his back and knees, but people didn’t know that, because he never complained about his pain. God was his strength and gave him strength to keep pushing forward. William was the same everywhere he went. He was humble and quietly helped so many people. When he knew that someone needed help, he would simply help them and no one else would know. He lived his life helping others, encouraging others, and telling them about his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
William leaves to cherish his memory; his wife, Preena Lindsay; two sons, William Henry Lindsay, III (Paige Lindsay) and Cedrick Lindsay; one grandson, Micah Lindsay; one sister, Bessie Renee Lindsay-Henry (Michael Henry); one brother, Richard Lindsay; and a host of beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, brothers and sisters in Christ, and dear friends.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 4, 2023 at The New Macedonia Baptist Church, 4115 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, DC from 11 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 12 noon. Interment Washington National Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland.