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Remembering Reverend Carl Tinsley


Roanoke, VA - Hundreds turned out in Roanoke Wednesday morning to say goodbye to a civic leader who influenced communities throughout the region.

The Reverend Carl Tinsley passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 80 years old.

Over 38 years, the Franklin County native led congregations in Roanoke County and Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties.

Tinsley served in the Navy during the Korean War, and was also a frontline defender of civil rights.

"He was always concerned about the folk who didn't have. The people who didn't have a voice. He felt like he had to try to be that voice for them," longtime friend Dr. Dwight O. Steele said.

"I would say that he was among the first of us because he lived a life of service. And that is something that we should all strive for," said family member Steve Woods.

Last year, Reverend Tinsley was also named Roanoke's Person of the Year.

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