Rev. Carl Tinsley dedicated more than 50 years to the betterment of Roanoke.
On learning the news that Rev. Carl Tinsley died Saturday afternoon at the age of 80, many would remark on his kindness and wisdom. Tinsley was a just person, dedicated to serving God and community, never failing to abide by what he believed was right.
Even as cancer exacted its harsh toll, Tinsley continued as long as he could working for a better community. On the evening of Dec. 17, Roanoke City Council recognized him as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. The honor, though, would not serve as the final punctuation mark to Tinsely’s storied history of standing in the midst of controversy so as to bring a steady, reasoning hand.