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- Published on 31 October 2012
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Funeral services for Thomas Lee Tinsley, age 94 of Athens, Tex., were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at Hanover Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Tony Kobak officiating.
Burial was in the Hanover Church Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Mr. Tinsley was born May 28, 1918 in Mount Vernon to George and Beatrice Young Tinsley. He and Peggy Jean Klingeman were married in 1984 in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was a “larger than life” person who was always able to find the right solution in whatever he was involved. He was president and developer of Quick Shop Market Inc., which was the beginning of the convenience-store business in eastern Missouri, starting in 1959. He also was president of the National Association of Convenience Stores in 1965. He was a member of Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He died Tuesday, Oct. 16 at West Place Nursing Home in Athens. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Peggy Jean Tinsley, three brothers, Johnnie, Ray, and Gayle Tinsley.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Glenda Tinsley of Malakoff, a stepson, Steven King of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two step-daughters and their spouses, Karen and Quentin Gaither and Debbie and Paul Schrock, all of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two sisters, Nadine Jennings and Mattie Mae Bell, both of Mount Vernon; and 12 grandchildren.