McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 18, 2013

Ray D. (Dean) Tinker,


Submitted report

McALESTER — Ray D. (Dean) Tinker, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home in Texas.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of Hartshorne.

Born Jan. 2, 1931, in Bache, Pittsburg County, he was the son of Ida Mae Wood and Lyman Hall Tinker. He attended grade school in Dow and started to Haileyville School in the fourth grade. He rode his bicycle from Dow to Haileyville until his family moved.

He was a member of the “Famed” Haileyville Boxing Club, coached by the renowned coach G.G. Gibson. The club won many matches and were members of the Golden Gloves of Oklahoma, sending fighters on to National matches.

He graduated from Haileyville High School (28 class members) with the Class of 1948. He married Martha Jane Moody on Dec. 30, 1950, in Van Buren, Ark., and they had five children. He was known as “Pa” by his grandchildren.

He was employed by the United States Naval Ammunition Depot in McAlester until 1952, at which time he was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving 18 months in the Korean War. He was discharged in 1954.

On his return to the United States, he and his wife moved to Pasadena, Texas where he was employed by Shell Oil Company.

In 1966 he and his wife moved to Angleton, Texas where he worked for Nalco Chemical Company for the next 25 years.

He became a Master Mason in 1952 and was a member of Haileyville Lodge 245 until they joined with Hartshorne Lodge 122. He received his Fifty Year Award in March 2002.

He was of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas.

They took many lively trips throughout their marriage, including a notable one from Haileyville to Boston, Mass. 

He loved to square dance, and was the “caller” for the sets at the parties the young people had in their homes.

He was a master at one dish meals and could turn out barbecued ribs that were topnotch.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons, Keith and his wife, Kathy, and granddaughter, Aleah Tinker, Kirk and his wife, Julie, and grandsons, Grant and Grady Tinker, and a niece, Patti Crowel.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Billy Gene Tinker, and three children, Georgeanna, Davey Ray and Mark Wayne Tinker.

Pallbearers will be members of Hartshorne Masonic Lodge 122.