George Lindsey was considered to be one of UNA's most famous alums. He was also very active in the University of North Alabama family.
Lindsey died Sunday at the age of 83.
"Very active alum of the university, very supportive and a great friend to this entire university community," said Josh Woods, with University Relations.
Lindsey graduated from UNA in 1952, when it was known as the Florence State Teachers College. He majored in biological science and physical education. During his time at college, Lindsey walked on the football team and eventually earned a scholarship for his performance at quarterback.
Friends who knew Lindsey say he never let his success overshadow his humble beginnings.
"To see him coming back as regularly as he always did, to meet with the faculty and with the students here, it's just a very rich blessing," said Woods.
In March, Lindsey made a final trip to his alma mater. During the 14th Annual George Lindsey Film Festival, the university dedicated a new black box theatre in his name.
The university is also home to Lindsey's entire collection of film and television scripts from his entertainment career.
Visitation for George Lindsey is Friday, May 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 3900 West End Avenue in Nashville. The funeral will be at 4pm at the church. Lindsey will be buried Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Jasper, Alabama.
Lindsey grew up in Jasper.