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Donald Newland (Bud) Tinsley


March 12, 2018

Donald Newland (Bud) Tinsley, 88, passed away at home surrounded by his family, Sunday, March 11, 2018.

A lifelong resident of Brevard, he was born Oct. 5, 1929, to the late Clarence Sr. and Adele Flynn Tinsley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, C.E. Jr. and Charlie; his sisters, Lottie McClung, Christine Jackson, and Mildred Williams; and his grandson, Isaac W. Tinsley.

He was the fourth generation of Tinsleys to live and work on the family farm. He was an honest, hardworking man of integrity, who put others first.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed telling hunting stories, spending time with his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand without being asked or acknowledged.

But most of all, in the mid 1950s, he gave his life to the Lord in a great move of God at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on Whitmire Street. This move of God resulted in the baptizing of approximately 60 souls.

Survivors include his devoted wife of almost 68 years, Martha Pressley Tinsley; his children, Sharon Hogsed and husband, Mike, and Larry Tinsley and wife, Lynne; grandsons, Trevor Hogsed and wife, Sabrina, and Caleb Tinsley; granddaughters, Jessica Pressley and husband, Sammy, and Hannah and Rebekah Tinsley; great-grandsons, Colby Hogsed, Drew and Cade Pressley; great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Megan Pressley; step-great-granddaughters, Shai Pascoe and Kealey McDaniels; step-great-great-granddaughter, Zoey Pascoe.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory, with his son, evangelist Larry Tinsley and his pastor, Richard Jelly, officiating.

Pallbearers will include his son-in-law, grandsons, and great-grandsons.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Brevard Wesleyan Church, where he was a member.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Brevard Wesleyan Church, 583 North Broad Street, Brevard, NC 28712, or the Faith Fund of Gideons International, Brevard Camp, P.O. Box 1380, Brevard, NC 28712.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to his caregivers, Shirley’s Angels, as well as the hospice doctors, nurses, social worker, aides and volunteers, for all of their exceptional care, kindness and support.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations, 181 S. Caldwell St., in Brevard, is caring for the family.


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