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Albert Ray Tinsley
Albert “Ray” Tinsley passed away June 16, 2022, with his beloved wife, JoLynn Tinsley. They were at the beginning of a trip. They both loved to travel and they were so excited about getting to put aside doctors’ visits and the mundane things of life and getting to go on a trip again. They had many fond memories of trips to the mountains and brought home souvenirs each time they traveled.
Ray was born in Folkston, GA., and was a son of the late Ross and Florence Boles Tinsley. He was a twin to a sister, Faye, who preceded him in dead. He has a sister, Joyce, who lived nearby and three adult children. He was raised in the Thomasville, GA., area.
Ray will be remembered as a very kind man who loved Jesus, his wife, and his family and friends. Many people knew him because he loved to usher at church. He faithfully served many years at North Jacksonville Baptist . Age related illnesses prevented Ray and Jo from driving the distance to NJBC. At that time, they joined Yulee Baptist near their home where he began to serve as usher again. They were loved by the congregation as well as Pastor and Mrs. Sides.
He started to work just out of high school and worked at several jobs. He retired from Rayioner where he worked as a carpenter. He enjoyed many hobbies such as working in his yard and cooking. Many will remember the elaborate Christmas display that he put out in their yard on Hester Dr. in Yulee. He looked forward to that and seeing the cars drive by to view it.
Ray and Jo were often seen in their neighborhood sharing baked goods or ‘cuttings’ from plants with their friends that they had made over the 19 years that they lived there. They especially loved to bake cookies at Christmas for the children who lived nearby.
His love and dedication for his wife was so evident. He was always by her side. They loved to cook together, and even shop together unless she decided to ‘look’ at things a little too long. Ray was devoted to be by her side if she was sick or in the hospital, and then to take care of her when she came home. They just enjoyed being together.
Ray, as well as Jo, were faithful prayer warriors for their pastor, their church, their family and friends. He will also be remembered for his many years of volunteer service at Baptist Hospital in Nassau County.
The family will receive friends at Yulee Baptist Church on Friday, June 24th from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM with a funeral service for he and his wife held immediately afterwards with Pastor Doug Sides officiating.
Jo Lynn and Ray will be laid to rest in Hughes Cemetery immediately following the service.
Even though they both loved flowers, they ask that rather than flowers, donations be made to The Gideons International to purchase Bibles such as those that you see, and that they saw in hotels as they traveled over the years.