Couple celebrates 60 wedded years

Published May 2, 2007

William "Bill" and F. Louise Lindsay celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday with a renewal of their vows at the Safety Harbor Gazebo followed by an open house reception at the Briar Creek Clubhouse.

Bill's birthplace is Farmland, Ind., and Louise was born in Manchester, Tenn. The couple married May 3, 1947, at the courthouse in Newport, Ky. For 25 years they have lived in Safety Harbor six months of the year and spent the remainder of the year at their home in Muncie, Ind.

Bill was a Navy veteran of World War II and served aboard the USS Detroit in Pearl Harbor. He saw nine years of active duty and served another 20 in the Naval Reserves as a chief petty officer. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring after 24 years.

Louise was a surgical registered nurse at Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, and administrative nurse at the former New Castle State Hospital.

Locally, Louise served as president of the Pinellas Big 10 Shuffleboard League while Bill captained several shuffleboard teams. Both Bill and Louise belong to Cedar Creek Shuffle Club.

The couple are members of Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Muncie, and First Assembly of God, Clearwater. They support missions and are active with civic and community outreaches.

Bill and Louise have a daughter, Linda Lee; two grandchildren, Drew and LaBree; and a great-grandson, Milan.

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The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce awarded the national Silver President's Volunteer Service Award to James R. "Jim" O'Neill of Safety Harbor and Delores "Dee" Suhr of Largo on April 18 during the chamber's monthly luncheon at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa.

James and Delores contributed more than 250 volunteer hours last year, and their efforts have resulted in improving the quality of life for others.

In addition to their awards, James and Delores received letters of congratulations from U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Sens. Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, Gov. Charlie Crist and others.

The award was established in 2003 and presented annually to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.

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