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.