Mr. Roy Leslie “Pappy” Tinsley, 91, of Dalton and formerly of Atlanta, departed this life Tuesday afternoon, April 29, 2014, at the local hospital.
Pappy was reunited with the love of his life, Mattie, on her 93rd birthday, and she preceded him on July 23, 2012. Pappy was born Sept. 10, 1922, in Atlanta, and he was the last surviving child out of nine children of the late Albert Lesslie and Margaret Melberta Price Tinsley. Pappy proudly served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. After the war, he was the owner of Roy’s Seafood Market in Atlanta. He was a member of the Sandy Springs Masonic Lodge and was a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta. He was a very faithful member and oldest member of Whitfield Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mattie Bell Lively; and a grandson, Michael Shawn Tinsley.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and the Rev. Wayne Cofield of Dalton; sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Barbara Tinsley of Conyers, and Ken and Nancy Tinsley of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Matthew and Nikki Tinsley, Jackie Strickland, Ginger and Dennis Pigg, Todd Tinsley, Jeff and Andrea Tinsley, Jason and Rebecca Cofield, Amy and Mark Coffey, Stephanie and Trent Cornwell, and Stephen and Stephanie Cofield; great-grandchildren, Lily Belle and Allie Roe Tinsley, Luke Strickland, Alex and Taylor Pigg, Aiden and Adyline Tinsley, Emilee, Luke and Addison Coffey, Thatcher and Tinsley Cornwell, Abby and Bryce Cofield, Tyler Ellis and Chase Souther; two great-granddaughters on the way; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family would like to say a special thanks to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Home Health.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Roy “Pappy” Tinsley will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Whitfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Cofield and the Rev. Bobby Padgett officiating.
Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post No. 112 following the church service.
Graveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs with his grandsons serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel on Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Whitfield Baptist Church.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to his granddaughter and her husband who are missionaries in South Africa (to help with travel expenses): Amy and Mark Coffey, c/o Whitfield Baptist Church, 2134 Dug Gap Road, Dalton, GA 30720.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.