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Leona L. Tinker, 77, 111 Meadowbrook Drive, Erwin, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Christian Care Center in Johnson City, where she had been recovering from a stroke, she suffered from in January.
Mrs. Tinker was born October 19, 1933 in Erwin. She was the daughter of the late William Sink and Gertha Tipton Hampton. Mrs. Tinker had been employed by Magnavox and Steinway, but had been a homemaker most of her life.
She was a member of Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Tinker was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading the Bible and loved all animals.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia and Gladys, and two brothers, Rubin and Emmett Hampton.
Mrs. Tinker is survived by a loving husband of 61 years, James “J. F.” Tinker; one son: Larry Tinker, Erwin; three daughters: Patty Greene and husband, Earl, Erwin, Tammy Tinker of Greeneville, and Laura Barnett, Erwin; grandson: Christian Tinker, Erwin; special friends: Rose Wilkins, Erwin, Mary Kay Settle, Greeneville, and Louise Bennett, Johnson City.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Chaplain Dwight MacPherson will officiate and eulogy delivered by Corey Day. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler.
Pallbearers will be David Stepp, Earl Green, Corey Day, Clarence Greene, Harley Lloyd and William Hampton.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, from the Martin’s Creek Cemetery.
Robert Ledford Funeral Home is in charge.