Lawrence Hill Tingley, fondly known as “Laurie”, “Buddy” or “Pawpaw” was born February 23, 1928 in Tampa, Florida and passed away June 29, 2011 in College Station, Texas, at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Camille Cobbett; loving wife Cille Tingley; and daughter Beverly Hall. He leaves behind siblings; Montye Tingley, Sylvia Tingley and Terry Tingley; devoted wife of 19 years, Shirley F. Tingley; children, Earle “Sonny” and wife Edie Tingley, Walter and wife Venus Tingley, Bettye and husband David Knuckey, Robin Tingley, Sheryl and husband Jerry French, Darrel and wife Brenda Lowery, Diane and husband Robbie Tovey, Dodd and wife Ann Lowery; 15 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Tingley was a 1944 graduate of S.F. Austin High School, Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University Class of ’48 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Cadet/Pilot 1945-47 and often laughed about having his pilot’s license prior to having his driver’s license. Tingley retired with 43 years service from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. “Tenneco” in 1991 and never lost his passion for engineering.
An avid outdoorsman, Tingley enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, but was also an avid reader. He also spent time tinkering in his garage workshop and enjoyed grilling a good meal and spending time with family and friends. Tingley spent a great deal of time as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Weekday Crew and the Veterans Clinic to name but a few. He was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and many other civic organizations.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845. A light meal and reception will follow the service. Visitation with family will be Friday, July 8, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to BCS Habitat for Humanity, 119 Lake Street, Bryan, TX 77802, Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, 1227 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-1227, or Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Dear Shirley & Family, We were shocked and so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a special friend to us. He was such a good person and was always the same friendly guy no matter where you saw him or what he was doing. He was one of those people who made you feel good just to be in his presence. He will be greatly missed and will leave a major void in your life but you are truly blessed to have God and so many precious memories to comfort you. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Willard & Jannette
Shirley, just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss of Laurie. I haven’t seen him in a while but always remember how friendly, positive and funny he was–never met a stranger! He was a very good man, and I’m sure the Lord is happy to welcome him! We’ll see him again in heaven.
I will be out of town this weekend so will miss the memorial service for Laurie but just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you and praying for God’s comfort and peace for you all. God Bless. Dianne
Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Love, Dwayne, Cindy, Cole, and Caitlyn
What a wonderful man!!!! I was honored to have know Laurie and an honor for him to be a part of our family. Aunt Shirley, I have you all in my thoughts and Prayers. Love Susan
Laurie will be profoundly missed. He was the pillar, the rock of the family. His was the voice of reason, peace and common sense. To all my in-laws who have their husband, dad, brother or grandfather, I’m so very sorry for your loss and I mourn with you .
Buddy and I enrolled at Texas A&M in June, 1944,and as freshmen were in A Battery, Field Artillery with a bunch of other great classmates. We kept in touch through the years when he lived in the Houston area before his move to College Station. My prayers are with his family in this time of loss and sadness. Cliff Adams