Bernice Lindsey was born in Troy, Alabama, on February 6, 1945, to Plas and Irene Sanders. Bernice was the eldest of nine children; she was pulled out of school to work and help raise her siblings at the early age of ten. Shortly after leaving school, Bernice moved to Greensboro, Florida, where she met her one and only love, Ferrel Lindsey, Sr., at the age of fifteen. After acourtship of five years, they were married on September 25, 1965.
After they were married, Bernice, along with her husband and son, moved to Columbus, Ohio, where their family continued to grow. In 1970, Bernice became a member of Light House Miracle Temple where she was baptized and began her relationship with the our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After several years of bible study at Lighthouse Miracle Temple, Bernice served as a primary bible study teacher, a member of the Missionary Auxiliary, an usher, a Lighthouse Miracle Temple Choir Member, as well as a member on the building fund committee. After thirteen years of dedicated service, Bernice transitioned to True Vine Church of Apostolic Faith as a member under the leadership of the founding Pastor, the late Elder Jerry Charles Sanders in 1983. She continued to operate in the same capacity at True Vine as she did in her previous Church Home. Dedicated to her faith and work in the Kingdom of God, Bernice believed in indoctrinating her children, grandchildren, family members, friends, and whomever else would listen to the importance of developing and maintaining a relationship with God.
Bernice pursued several occupations before becoming a devoted housewife and a loving mom to six children and many grandchildren, as well as a countless number of neighbors and friends in the community. Even though Bernice only received a fifth-grade education, she taught all six of her children and some of her grandchildren how to read and write, and she also taught them basic math skills. She was relentless in explaining the importance of education to her children and grandchildren. She has always been there for those that needed her; if you needed help, she would lend her hands, if you needed a hug, her arms were extended, if you needed a friend, she’d have a listening ear, if you needed love, her heart was open to you, if you needed counseling, her words of wisdom were inimitable, even if you needed a home, her door was always open to those in need with a hug, love, and kind words. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her but never forgotten. Her favorite scripture was Exodus 20:12.
Bernice was preceded in death by husband, Ferrel Lindsey, Sr.; son, Tony Larenzo Lindsey; father, Plas Sanders; mother, Irene Sanders; sister and brother-in-law, Willie and Catherine Coleman; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry Charles and Jeanette Sanders; brother, Willie P. Sanders; and brother-in-law, Ronald E. Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Ferrel and Michelle Lindsey, Sharon, Catherine and Felicia Lindsey, and Richard and Alicia Williams; honorary daughter, Tonya Holt; grandchildren, De’Juan and Elijahhuan Dave, Jerome, Justin, Jihree Monique, Jordan, Jahrel, Jaeden, Jessiah, and Lindsey; honorary granddaughter, Ashley Barker; great-grandchildren, Jerome, Na’Vonn Jre’ohn, Londyn, Paityn, Lindsey Demyr, Dakota Dave, Azariah, Elijah Dave, Justin, Jr., Jae’Lyss, My’Airah, My’Aunna, My’Leeah Lindsey, Bryelle Lee, Jules Lindsey, Jamani Newton, Logan Galloway, Journee Lindsey, Melody, and Kal’el Lindsey; sisters, Mary Smith, Micheal and Minnie May Kahassai, Devron and Barbara Head, and Shavonne Sanders; sister-in-law, Annie Pearl Sanders; brother, Terry and Eunice Pressley; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends; and special friends, Charlie, and Della Moore, Deborah Russell, Belinda Sullens, and Marsha Williams.
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