August 18, 1923 ~ March 25, 2020

Born in: No Creek, KY
Resided in: Hartford, KY

The year was 1923 – Time Magazine was launched, Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as President of the United States, the world’s first portable radio was developed in the U.S, the very first baseball game was played at Yankee Stadium and Harry Dow Tinsley was born on August 18, 1923 in the No Creek community of Ohio County, Kentucky as the son of William Levega Tinsley and Eva May Ragland Tinsley.

Harry D. sadly passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Ohio County Healthcare, at the age of 96.

Harry D. retired as a farmer and had formerly served as a magistrate in Ohio County. He was an expert and well-known historian, having dedicated thousands of hours researching and documenting the history of the county. He authored the book “History of No Creek” and a weekly column in an Ohio County newspaper titled “Lineage Lines.” He was a member of the Mt. Hermon Methodist Church and member of the Lt. Robert Moseley Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. Above all, he was very proud to have lived all of his life in and near the No Creek community of Ohio County.

In addition to his parents, Harry D. was preceded in death by two brothers Charles Tinsley and Lester Tinsley, a sister Grace Tinsley Minor and a great-great nephew Phoenix Howard.

Harry D. is survived by his niece Edna May (Phillip) Nantz of Beaver Dam; great niece Natalie (Jason) Howard and great-great nephew Xavier “Oz” Howard of Hartford.

A private family burial for Harry D. will be conducted at Mount Hermon Cemetery in Ohio County, due to current circumstances. A compatriot grave marking ceremony will be held at a later date, at his grave site.

With Harry D. being a trustee for the Mt. Hermon Cemetery, expressions of sympathy could be sent to Mt. Hermon Cemetery Trust; P.O. Box 61, Hartford, KY 42347

Miller Schapmire Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Tinsley. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Harry Tinsley at www.millerschapmire.com


Graveside Service:

Miller Schapmire Funeral Home
114 West Walnut Street
Hartford, KY 42347


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  1. Harry was a friend for many years. I so enjoyed talking to him when he would eat lunch at Dogwood in Hartford. Harry lived a rich, full life enjoying every moment of news, old and new. What a memory, what a brilliant mind! Ohio County will miss you, Harry D.

    Remembering you, Edna, Natalie and Oz.

    Janet Magan
    Tucson AZ

    • We thank you so much for the comforting message. Yes, his mind was still as clear the last time, about 2 weeks ago now, when I last was with him. We have lost our fountain of knowledge. But don’t you know he’s getting his history questions answered now after going home? Thank you so very much for your kindness. Edna and family and Natalie and family

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