Rev. Jesse B. Lindley, Pastor of Glendale Baptist Church

  Story furnished by Clarence Crocker

Rev. Jesse B. Lindley and his family lived on their farm and home place which faced Highway 29 about 8 miles north of Cowpens. In addition to his Ministry, he owned and operated a peach orchard along with some cattle. He also operated a small store and did barbering on the side. He was the son of William Sidney and Ira Alverson Lindley. He was a veteran of WW1 and a Mason.

He served as Pastor of the Glendale Baptist Church some 5 years from 1941 through 1944. He was well educated and brought messages of real interest and explained the scriptures in great depth. He was more of a teacher than a forceful preacher. Though he was loved and appreciated as God’s servant, unfortunately, his ministry at Glendale was not as fruitful as all had hoped it to be. Perhaps the stress of the war played a huge part in the period in which he served as Pastor as many sons and husbands were called up in the draft. 

Excerpts from the obituary of Rev. Jesse B. Lindley, published May 6, 1965; “Rev. Jesse B Lindley, a retired minister of Route 4, Macedonia community, died in the Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, N.C. after a brief illness. He was a graduate of Furman University, Southern Baptist Seminary and a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church at the time of his death. Rev. Lindley was former Pastor of Daveyton Baptist Church, Greenville County; High Point, Glendale and Mountain View Baptist Churches, all in Spartanburg County.

Survivors were; his wife, Mrs. Daisy McCauley Lindley; daughters, Mrs. Ida Dell Cantrell, Greenville, Mrs. Anna Bell Whitson, Lancaster, Mrs. Daisy Louise Lemons, Mrs. Willie Jean Humphries, Miss Carol Lee and Miss Jessie Elizabeth Lindley, Gaffney; brothers, W.W. and S.F. Lindley, Pelzer; sisters, Mrs. H.D. Candler, Mrs. Teague, Mrs. R. P. Bryson, Pelzer; 13 grandchildren. 

Services to be held at Macedonia Baptist Church with interment following in the Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney, S. C. with Masonic rites.” 

Excerpts from the obituary of Mrs. Jessie Lindley published Saturday November 29, 2003; “Mrs. Daisy Dell McCauley Lindley, 101, died November 28, 2003 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late William Henry McCauley and the late Anna Robert Fowler McCauley. 

She was the owner and operator of the Lindley Store. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church, a graduate of North Greenville College and Draughn’s Business College. Survivors were; daughters and their husbands, Ida Dell and Virgil Cantrell, Sr., Anna Bell and Cecil Whitson, Sr., Daisy Louise and Jodean Lemmons, Sr., Willie Jean and Ted Humphries, Carol Len and Charles Holcombe and Jessie Elizabeth and Jeff Blanton, Sr.; 24 grandchildren, 55 great grandchildren, 11 great- great grandchildren and 1 great-great-great grandchild.” 

Funeral Services to be held in the Macedonia Baptist Church with interment following in the Frederick Memorial Gardens .

Spartanburg Herald/Journal obituaries courtesy of the Spartanburg County Library.

Clarence E. Crocker, December 2012

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