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Sunrise: February 2, 1952 Sunset: July 26, 2008 My Lord, what a morning; My Lord, what a morning; My Lord, what a morning; When the stars began to fall Indeed it was a very special morning as the stars began to fall and the sun rose over the city of Austin, Texas on February 2, 1952, Harold Tinsley, Jr. entered this world as the only child of the union between Edith Esteem Cain and Harold Tinsley, Sr. Harold learned his strong sense of honor, loyalty, work ethic and compassion as he traveled the world with his mother and stepfather Airman Wallace Morrell. Harold, his mother and stepfather returned stateside in 1961 and settled in San Antonio, Texas where he attended Lincoln Elementary and Junior High School.

During those early years, Harold met and became lifelong friends with Crystal Jewel Willis and Alfred Leon Irving. He also began studying piano and played for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the St. Paul Baptist Church under the auspices of the late Pastor Sherman Bedford. Harold attended John F. Kennedy High School where he participated in the choir and competed statewide in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir competitions winning the opportunity to participate in the Texas All-State choirs as a tenor. At the urging of his high school choir director, Annabel Pinner, he attended McMurray College in Abilene, Texas. He later returned to San Antonio to complete his education at Our Lady of the Lake College earning a degree in education and music. Harold began his professional career as an educator in the Edgewood Independent School District where he taught for more than 16 years in the fields of music and behavior management. He shared his musical talents at various pre-schools throughout the city including St. John's Lutheran, Los Angeles Heights United Methodist and Great Beginnings. During this period, Harold began his association with the San Antonio MasterSingers where he served as a member of the tenor section for 35 years participating in numerous performances throughout the state of Texas and across the country including several performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City (most recently, the Carnegie Hall performance on Sunday, May 25, 2008).

Harold has been associated with the music ministry at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for more than 30+ years and as served as the Director of Music for the last 25 years. During those years, he shared his musical gifts and love of music with countless children, youth and adults. He has been a member of numerous local, state and national organizations including Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), The Hampton University Ministers Conference, NASPAAM just to name a few and has received numerous music and civic awards.

Harold is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rhonie and Evelyn Cain; his mother, Edith Esteem Cain; his stepfather, Wallace Morrell; his aunts, Ometha Millie Cain and Betty Jean Cain; and godmother, Josephine Young. Harold leaves to cherish his memory childhood friends Crystal Jewel Willis and members of the Alonzia & Medora Willis family; Alfred Leon Irving and members of the Willie & Susie Irving family; Ret. Col. James & Angelyn Scott and family; Lorraine Morrell of Maryland; Daisy Williams and family; Eloise Swann and family of Georgia; Henry Washington of Houston and family; Charles Keller; Eddie & Laura Cavazos and family; Luti Velagude and family and a host of cousins, loving friends and associates.

Services: Viewing and personal reflections on Friday, August 1, 2008 from 5 - 9pm at Lewis Funeral Home located at 811 S W W White Road in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Hope Chapel on Lackland Air Force Base (entrance to Lackland thru the Valley High Dr.). Interment beginning 11:30am on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at MeadowLawn Memorial Park & Crematory located at 5611 E Houston St. in San Antonio, Texas.
Published in the Express-News on 7/31/2008

 

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PROCLAMATION
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4


In Loving Memory of Harold Tinsley, Jr.

Whereas, he was a gift of God who faced adversity and weathered the storm


Whereas,
he was a family member and friend who was loved, valued and admired from coast to coast…his never ending kindness, thoughtfulness and support was a testament to remind all of how special he was


Whereas,
life is not a transient thing – it is change but never loss, for Christ purchased our salvation when he died upon the cross.  Times rush by and years

fly but a friend’s love lasts forever


Whereas,
he was a proud musician with expertise and passion as a tenor and choral musician, his legacy will continue in our hearts.
We know that the world 
does not stand still but there is comfort knowing his spirit will uplift us


Whereas,
he was a conscientious officer of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM) who annually gave talent, advice, time, and money with an infectious smile. He received an Award for Dedicated Service from NASPAAM at the 2008 National Association for Music Education Biennial Conference


Be it resolved,
the members of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM) salute him for his musical genius and his work on earth. 
May he find eternal peace in God’s Kingdom

                  
Officers and Board of Directors of NASPAAM
July 31, 2008