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Originally published: 2014-06-05 09:27:03
Last modified: 2014-06-05 09:27:47

William Clarke Lindley Jr.

William Clarke Lindley Jr., 30, died unexpectedly at his residence in Boone, N.C., on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
A native of Burlington, N.C., he was the son of W. Clarke Lindley Sr. and the late Mary Jane McKibbin Lindley.
Survivors include a sister, Cameron Lindley Reynolds (Allen) of Greensboro and a niece and nephew, Morgan and Keelan Reynolds. Surviving grandparents are Sally Hall McKibbin and Thomas Lindley Sr., both of Burlington.
Preceding him in death are the late Mary Johnston Lindley of Burlington and the late John Meeks McKibbin III of Chautauqua, N.Y.
William attended Burlington Day School then graduated from Williams High School, where he was elected student body president by his peers. Special accomplishments include being selected for and attending the Duke TIP summer program on the campus of Duke University at 12 years of age and earning the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 17 at First Presbyterian Church.  
At UNC- Chapel Hill, William served as a resident adviser, a counselor in the Freshman Camp program and earned a bachelor's degree in American studies with a concentration in Southern culture. 
He later earned a master's degree in Appalachian studies with a concentration in Appalachian culture from Appalachian State University, where he developed two new courses of study to share his vast knowledge and passion for Appalachia with others. 
Ranking in the Top 4 of 450 graduate students, William was chosen to teach in his second year as a graduate student. An outstanding teacher and community builder, William earned the respect of students, professors, department chairmen and deans, who nominated him for the Faculty Award of Excellence in General Education Teaching at Appalachian State. 
He also earned the Appalachia and the Community Together Service-Learning Fellowship and a travel grant to present a paper at an academic conference from the ASU Office of Student Research.
Committed to helping the less fortunate through volunteerism, William was active with the Appalachia Service Project for many years, eventually accepting a leadership role with the organization. Serving in this region of the United States fostered his love of music and Southern culture and deepened his love for the outdoors. He hiked the entirety of the Appalachian Trail and forged many lasting friendships along the way.
William loved and was loved by many who remember his strong hug, and big smile, and genuine, caring nature. His humble way of living allowed his actions to speak loudest. He taught us to love and live. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The funeral service will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. by Dr. Ronald L. Shive. Burial will follow in Alamance Memorial Park.
The family received friends at the Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the organizations of the donor's choice. Suggestions include First Presbyterian Church, General Funds, 508 West Davis St., Burlington, NC 27215, Boy Scout Troop 17 of First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, N.C.  27215, or Appalachia Service Project, 4523 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601.
 Condolences may be offered at http://www.richandthompson.com.