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Robert W. Tinsley

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Robert W. Tinsley, better known as Bob. Bob was born June 19, 1937, to Dale Leroy and Helen Gladys (Wyckoff) Tinsley in Ada, Oklahoma. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Joyce. Together they raised three amazing children and played a huge role in the lives in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob was known by his family especially for his intelligence and readiness to share his experience and knowledge. As the family gathers to celebrate his life, we ponder the unique and fulfilling life that he led; employment from owning an auto repair business, working for NASA to his retirement from the Mena Hospital. He was the very definition of a mathematician, encouraging the grandchildren when it came to their schoolwork he often said, “It’s fun! It’s nothing in the world but a game.”

He was a jack of all trades from carpentry to metal work, many years of experience with engineering. Anytime he was met with a challenge he took initiative to do his own research and learn all aspects of any subject at hand. In recent years he was most cherished spending time with family and friends. He was widely loved by many friends. He will forever be saluted for his life’s work and will be lovingly carried in each of our hearts.

Bob leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Melva Joyce (Phillips) Tinsley and three children: Bob and wife Laura, Bruce and wife Peggy and daughter Sheryl and husband Jim Edwards. Grandpa will forever remain in the hearts of his seven grandchildren: Demisha, Darcy, Brandy, Bruce, Lacey, Kelley and Sandy and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and granddaughter.

As per Bob’s wishes there will be no services.

Cremation arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

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