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Joseph Thurman Tinsley

September 20, 1952 — January 5, 2024



Joseph Thurman Tinsley, 71, a devoted family man and hardworking individual, passed away peacefully in his home in Nolanville, Texas on January 5, 2024. Born on September 20, 1952, in Dallas, Texas to Thurman Theodore Tinsley and Joy Carol (Moore), Joseph lived a life full of love, compassion, and dedication.

From a young age, Joseph showed a strong sense of ambition and desire. He played quarterback for the football team at Brewer High school. From December 10, 1970, to April 5, 1972, Joseph served honorably in the United States Army. Soon after, he began working for the Union Pacific Railroad, a position he held for over 40 years.

On February 12, 1970, Joseph married his high school sweetheart Patricia Ann Smith. Together they embarked on a beautiful journey of love and shared numerous treasured moments. Their love story expanded with the arrival of their son in 1971 and again with the birth of their daughter in 1975. Joseph's family became his everything and he cherished every moment spent with them.

In addition to being a loving husband and father, Joseph was a doting grandfather to his grandchildren. The joy he experienced in their presence was immeasurable. His family extended further with the arrival of great-grandchildren who brought immense happiness into his life.

Joseph had a quiet nature but possessed wisdom beyond words. He had a passion for fashion and showcased his unique style through his humble demeanor. While he expressed himself subtly, everyone could sense the depth of his thoughts and feelings. He would gracefully end conversations when he ran out of words but always made sure to say what needed to be said.

Outside of work and family life, Joseph loved spending time pursuing his hobbies and interests. He was an avid reader who could always be found engrossed in the latest information with his tablet in hand. Joseph also enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and all sorts of wildlife. His love for nature allowed him to create lasting memories with his loved ones during these activities.

Joseph's proudest accomplishment was being a security blanket for his family. He took great pride in being there for them through thick and thin. Always eager to promote the unity and well-being of his family.

While we mourn the loss of Joseph Thurman Tinsley, we take solace in the memories he left behind and the love he shared with all who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Patricia Ann (Smith) Tinsley; his loving children Joseph Tinsley and wife Tami, Jennifer Rodriguez and husband Oscar; brothers David Tinsley, Tim Tinsley, Paul Tinsley and wife Angela, Phillip Tinsley, Ben Tinsley and wife Kim; sister Tommie Sue Wicker and husband Frank; cherished grandchildren Christina Alexander, Austin Alexander, Caitlin Tinsley, Taylor Earley, Jacob Tinsley; precious great-grandchildren Hudson Alexander, Harper Roscoe, Laughton Alexander, Kason Tinsley, Emery Tinsley; and his beloved dog Missy Lou.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; Thurman Theodore Tinsley and Joy Carol (Moore) Tinsley, as well as his sister Joyce Ann Tinsley.

A graveside service to honor Joseph's life will take place on Wednesday, January 17th at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. The service will begin at 10:00 am with a gathering of family and friends. We invite everyone to join us in bidding farewell to an extraordinary man whose presence will be deeply missed.

In remembrance of Joseph Thurman Tinsley, let us celebrate his life and the everlasting impact he has left on our hearts. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

A special thank you to Nolanville Police Police Department and all other first responders for their support and care. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Comrade, Sabrina N. Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center. 


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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery

11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX 76542

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