Don Wiley Tinker, 81, of Stuart, Oklahoma, passed away on April 1, 2015
in McAlester, Oklahoma. Mr. Tinker was born to Ed and Mary Tinker in Bache,
Oklahoma on September 4, 1933.
Mr. Tinker was raised in Bache, Oklahoma. He attended elementary school
in Anderson, Oklahoma and Graduated High School in Haileyville, Oklahoma.
He excelled in varsity athletics and after graduation was a boxing coach
and mentor for many years. He primarily made a living driving a truck
cross country, then by driving a bus for Stuart Public Schools and Kiamichi
Technology Center until his retirement. In his youth he loved to spend
his spare time raising and training Appaloosa horses. He was quick to
let people know his pride and joy were his grandchildren. Don was the
happiest when he was able to watch them participate in their various endeavors.
Don is survived by his daughters: Dawn (Tracy) Blasengame of Stuart, Oklahoma
and Julie Adams of Terrell, Texas; step-sons: Ronnie (Dawn) Lampkin of
Bovina, Mississippi, Tommy (Sharon) of Bovina, Mississippi; grandchildren:
Traynor and Braelyn Blasengame, Bobby and Brian Lampkin, Randy and Casey
Lampkin; brother: Hollis Tinker of McAlester, Oklahoma; sisters: Helen
Noble of Ada, Oklahoma, Rosemary Free of McAlester, Oklahoma and Linda
Camp of High Hill, Oklahoma; special friends: Soania and Felicia Wilson
of Stuart, Oklahoma and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Don is preceded in death by his parents Ed and Mary Tinker; previous wives:
Maggie Tinker and Lisabeth Tinker; brothers: Leon Tinker of Phoenix, Arizona,
Bob Tinker, Bill Tinker, Roy Tinker and Joe Tinker; sister Joyce Martin
and grandson Christopher Lampkin.
Memorial services for Don will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015
at Stuart First Baptist Church in Stuart, Oklahoma. The family has requested
in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the Don Tinker Memorial Fund
c/o Stuart Freewill Baptist Church.