Knoxville (WVLT) - The family of a North Knox County man who was shot and killed in the Walgreens parking lot is remembering him as their best friend.
Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford sat down with Dave Lindsey's family Monday.
This family is incredibly strong, and they say they owe it all to their rock, Dave Lindsey.
The 53-year-old worked as a Walgreens truck driver for about six years, and loved ones say he was as good as they come.
"He was the most kind, gentle, compassionate man you've ever met," Joy Calloway Lindsey says she knew as a child that compassionate man was her soul mate. "I saw him driving down the road, I was 12, and I went in the house and told Mom I met the man I was going to marry."
Sure enough, "We got married at 17 and he spent the rest of his life protecting me, my sisters, my mom, my dad and these children."
Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary last month. Today, Joy sits close to her three sons, as they all look back on their father's life.
"It's just unbelievable, everybody that met him, he was their best friend," says Jason Lindsey.
"He'd give the shirt off his back for somebody. He helped me grow up to be the man that I am," says son Bobby.
"A brave, proud, stubborn man," Lindsey's first-born son, David, recalls his last memory with his father, "Him holding his brand new grandson."
David says he wants to be half the man to his children that his father was to him. "I want to be as selfless for my children as he was for us. I want to be their best friend growing up."
One of the things David will miss most about his dad?
"Calling me during the Tennessee games, over and over," he says.
A Vols fan who brought new meaning to the word volunteer.
"A man asked him in the Kroger parking lot one night for ham and potatoes. I'll never forget, and he went right into the store and brought out ham and potatoes and gave it to the man," says Joy.
Mr. Lindsey celebrated life everyday, and Joy says that's exactly how she'll carry on. "I'll get my strength from him. He'll always be with me. He'll always be with his children and grandchildren."
Loved ones say Lindsey had a passion for children and The Angel Tree. You can donate to the David Lindsey Angel Tree Memorial at any ORNL Credit Union, all the money will go straight to the Angel Tree.
The receiving of friends is Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Mynatt Funeral Home in Halls.
Graveside services will take place Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Cemetery.