Vivian Doris Tinker

Born in Victoria, TN on July 8, 1928

Departed on April 22, 2015 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Vivian Doris Tinker, age 86, died on April 22, 2015. Doris was born July 8, 1928 in Victoria, Tennessee to the late Vivian Hudson Lay and Reverend William Marshall Lay. She briefly attended Athens College and later worked as a secretary for the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. On July 31, 1954, she married Bill Tinker, beginning a marriage lasting 60 years. The two began their married life in Southern California, and moved in 1965 to Huntsville, Alabama. In 1969 the family moved to Smyrna, Tennessee where Doris became deeply engaged with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Retirement followed in 1989 when the couple located to Crossville, Tennessee, allowing deep engagement with Central Baptist Church’s Awana program, children’s church, and quilting ministry. She worked closely with the Tansi Women’s Club and cheered University of Alabama football.
Doris is survived by four children: Nancy Tinker Pace of Charleston, South Carolina; John Tinker of Lutz, Florida; Cindy Tinker (JD Hancock) of Nashville, Tennessee; and Rob Tinker (Kathrine Pierre Tinker) of Santa Clara, California. Doris had four grandchildren of whom she was proud and deeply loved. She is survived by Jack, Miles, and Catherine Tinker of Lutz, Florida. She was predeceased by grandson Michael Barnes of Nashville, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Caring Hearts Fund or to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Middle Tennessee.
Visitation will be conducted Monday morning, April 28th at 10:00 at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, 37209. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11:30 with interment scheduled for 1:00 at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville. A reception will follow at the Village Chapel, 2021 21st Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee.

4 Comments to Mrs. Vivian Doris Tinker

  1. Fannie Bean
    April 24, 2015 4:25 pm

    Cindy,I am so Sorry ,there are no words that can take away ,the Pain and Sorrow ,you are feeling @ this time,But may the Peace of God,comfort you ,and give you Comfort during these trying times. We are All Praying for You and your Family! Mrs. Vivian was a true Jewell. She Is now with her Husband and Jesus ! Amen.

  2. Tricia
    April 29, 2015 9:44 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Please take comfort in Jesus Christ words that there will be a resurrection and sickness and death will be gone forever.” John 5:28,29;Rev21:3,4

  3. Sue Baird
    May 1, 2015 4:37 pm

    To the Tinker Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and Dad both were so special. I loved them both so much! I had a lot of good times with your mom in my aquasize class at Tansi some 22 years ago. She always had a hug for me.
    I will keep you all in my prayers,

  4. Judy Trent
    September 7, 2015 8:51 pm

    Nancy, John, Cindy, Rob, Our family loved your parents. Mrs. Tinker taught Good News Club at our home in Smyrna five years and I helped her as a hostess in a townhouse the sixth year. I think of her every Sunday when I take the elements in the breaking of bread service. She taught the children, and I think of what she said, “Lord Jesus, thank you for your blood that keeps washing sins away.” I think of this when I drink the juice after thanking the Lord for his body, symbolized by the bread just before this in the remembrance time.

    Bryan took all five of us to see your parents in Crossville, and that was a special memory for us. We laughed a lot that day. Sarah was still a little girl, and Bill made a picture of her sitting in her daddy’s lap, soaking in the “Daddy love”. Bill loved his children, all of you, and he enjoyed seeing Bryan and Sarah so in love with each other. I think of the smile on Bill’s face when I see the picture he took.

    I’m sorry we were not in touch when your parents died. John Jones and his brother, Chuck, went to Horton Haven Christian Camp today for Labor Day, and John told us both your parents had passed on. It was a blow to hear, but we thank the Lord for them and for the testimony both of them had. We treasure the time we knew them. Joshua and Caleb sent Mrs. Tinker flowers when they heard of her cancer, and she called me to thank them for her. They still love her and appreciate her sowing God’s word in their early life. I will tell them of her home-going and Mr. Bill’s too.

    I went to the burial of my husband’s brother’s wife’s sister. There the younger preacher walked up to me and said, “Hi Miss Judy. You don’t remember me, do you?” I didn’t. “My name is Rusty, Rusty Simpson. I came to your Good News Club in your home that Mrs. Tinker taught. I became a Christian in your home when Mrs. Tinker taught. Now I preach the gospel to others.” I told Mrs. Tinker about the fruit that came from her labors. Rusty had red hair and blue jeans when we knew him as a 9, 10, 12-year-old boy. When I saw him as a man he had a shaved head and short beard, white shirt and black suit. Her fruit is producing other fruit today.

    I send you my heart-felt sympathy today, and want you to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Judy Trent

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