Jimmy Tinsley, 72
May 21, 2021
Jimmy Tinsley, age 72, died Friday, May 21, at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Penn. Mr. Tinsley is survived by a wife, Lynda Katharine, two children, Laura Cox and William Van Wormer, sister Connie Tinsley Edwards, brother Beaver Tinsley. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Victoria Fratz and Alan Van Wormer.
Jimmy is a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he completed two full tours stationed in Sigon Cam Ranh Bay. He served on a PBR Swift boat (Brown Water Navy) and received commendations for his service. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Navy never left him.
Jimmy’s strong work ethic was matched only by his firm belief in equity, which was instilled by his mother, a union leader in the garment industry. Following Jimmy’s military service, he got a job with Georgia-Pacific LLC, where he was assistant plant manager and helped establish a worker’s union. He was champion for workers’ rights throughout his career and served as Union president at the Talladega plant. Jimmy accepted a position at Allied Signal-Honeywell VA, where in 2010 he retired from a 20-year career as a field test technician.
Throughout his life, Jimmy was always “happy as a pig in the sunshine” when spending time outdoors. Born on a farm in Talladega, Alabama, to Edward Tinsley and Bertha Gilbert Tinsley, Jimmy embraced his Southern drawl and rural roots. Always had an authentic story to tell. He was an avid gardener, fisherman, collector of arrowheads, hunter and gatherer of seashells. Later in life, he started a neighborhood fishing tournament on Marco Island, Fla., where he lived part-time after retirement.
A memorial service will be held this summer in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
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July 16, 2021
While trying to contact Jimmy Tinsley, Larry Hobson and I, Ken Lovan, learned of Jimmy’s passing. He was a Vietnam Veteran Brother and a good friend to us and we send our sincere condolences to his friends and family. I served with Jimmy in Barber’s Point, Hawaii in 1966. In 1967, Larry and I were stationed with Jimmy in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, and called ourselves, The Bama Boys, because we all hailed from Alabama. In an eBook I wrote about my service in Vietnam called, ‘Love Goes to Nam’, Jimmy is called, Tins and Larry is called Hobbs. It’s published on Kindle eBooks@Amazon.com and I would love to send you a copy if you would like to catch a glimpse of Jimmy in his younger years. Both Larry and I tried to find him this past year and are truly sorry that he is gone. He was a great friend and brother and we will miss him. Ken Lovan-Atlantic Beach, Fl and Larry Hobson-Galveston, TX.
June 04, 2021
Jimmy, you will be surely missed. Thank you for all your kindness, love, and support that you gave my little family. Lee will always treasure your outings, treats, and lessons. I will always treasure you being there for my son and showing him what a real male role model looks like. Thank you for everything you taught us. Lynda, you have also shown us the same kindess as well and we are so sorry for your tremendous loss. May his love and memories help you through this heartbreaking time. Lee and I are always here for you. Hugs and kisses! Love, Chris
June 04, 2021
Dear Lynda, Laura and Family,
We are so very sorry for your lose. Please accept our deepest condolences. You are all in our prayers. Sylvia Natale and Henry D’Aloisio of Naples, FL.
June 02, 2021
A good and kind neighbor who will be very much missed.
Love & Prayers to Lynda Abbey & the family
Loren & Larry Siddons