B. Harold Tinsley, 93, beloved husband of Rachel McPherson Tinsley, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday November 25, 2022.
Born in Liberty, SC, he was a son of the late Robert Asa Tinsley and Pearl Nalley Tinsley.
Harold graduated from watchmaker school in Spencer, NC, starting his business as a watchmaker/clockmaker in Easley, SC when he was just 17 years old. Eventually, he expanded to a full-service jewelry store on Main Street where he had a reputation for being an honest, trustworthy businessman, until retiring in the late 1970’s. His gift in repairs was not limited to watches and clocks, as he was an expert at repairing cars, motorcycles, and most everything around the house. He was a dedicated member of Easley First Baptist Church for over 75 years, serving the Lord with his generosity and kindness to all. He was also a 30-year member of the Easley Lions Club and assisted in organizing The Easley Jaycee’s. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was an avid reader, loved fishing and riding motorcycles. Most of his childhood was spent in Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Greenville. He was one of the first patients in the facility. Up until his death, he enjoyed entertaining with his storytelling and playing Gin and Poker with friends.
Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Rachel Tinsley; his children, Doug Tinsley (Sarah) of Pickens, Mike Tinsley of Easley, and Gay Tinsley Fewell (Eddie) of Greenville; Known as Papa to his grandchildren, Miles Nuckolls, Grant Griffin, Grace Griffin, Melanie Dejong (Kyle), Mary Miles Niezgorski (Nate), and Donna Lynn Mullner (Jacob); great grandchildren, Lucas Dejong, Lily Pearl Dejong and Mila Niezgorski; a brother, Ken Tinsley of Calhoun Falls; and sisters, Ann White of Washington, Elna Blakenship of Lancaster, SC and Sandra Justice of Goldsboro, NC.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Griffin; a grandson, Alex Nuckolls; and brothers, Ansel, Bud and Dink Tinsley.
The family will receive friends Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 11:00 AM until 11:50 AM at Easley First Baptist Church, 300 East 1st Avenue, Easley, SC. A memorial service will follow at 12:00 in the church sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asked that donations be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605, in Harold’s honor.
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