Lindley was born in Wyandotte, Michigan to Lloyd Henry Garner and Mary Sue Cardwell Garner. He grew up in the Detroit area surrounded by a loving extended family. His family moved to Phoenix, AZ when he was in high school.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1971 with a BS in Accounting, and earned an MBA in Finance from San Francisco State University in 1981. He worked in corporate accounting and finance positions for 15 years before finding his real niche as a certified personal financial advisor for 25 years. Almost all of his working years were spent in San Francisco and the S.F. Bay Area.
Survivors include his wife Mary Goodkind; his brother Lloyd Garner, Jr. of Darden, TN and his children and grandchildren; and his sister Pamella Kay Garner of Glendale, Arizona.
Lindley and Mary met on a beach near Santa Cruz, CA in 1978. They quickly became inseparable and were married for 40 years. They retired to Asheville, NC from the S.F. Bay area in 2012.
Lindley was a faithful friend. He maintained lasting connections with friends from high school, college, work and community. Since retirement he especially valued the members of the Men’s Wisdom Works group he joined at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center on the UNC-A campus.
Lindley was a man of many interests, including photography and travel; attending art museums, concerts and theater; cooking and gardening – especially his beloved roses; playing handball and golf. He was a fan of the San Francisco Giants since boyhood when he listened to games on the radio with uncles who started him on a lifetime of collecting baseball statistics. He was also a longtime fan of the Golden State Warriors, and took a great interest in women’s college basketball, especially at Stanford U. and UNC-A. Listening to music was essential every day and all day long.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Albert Quiery and the Mission Medical Oncology staff as well as Mission Hospital nurses for their compassionate care during Lindley’s illness with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to one of the following: the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra, 27 College Place, Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801; the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts Y.E.S. Fund (Youth Education Scholarship Fund), 18 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801; or KCSM, an independent radio station for jazz, 1700 West Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, California 94402.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.