Sunrise: February 2, 1952 Sunset: July 26,
2008 My Lord, what a morning; My Lord, what a morning; My Lord, what a morning; When the stars began to fall Indeed it was
a very special morning as the stars began to fall and the sun rose over the city of Austin, Texas on February 2, 1952, Harold
Tinsley, Jr. entered this world as the only child of the union between Edith Esteem Cain and Harold Tinsley, Sr. Harold learned
his strong sense of honor, loyalty, work ethic and compassion as he traveled the world with his mother and stepfather Airman
Wallace Morrell. Harold, his mother and stepfather returned stateside in 1961 and settled in San Antonio, Texas where he attended
Lincoln Elementary and Junior High School.
During those early years, Harold met and became lifelong friends with
Crystal Jewel Willis and Alfred Leon Irving. He also began studying piano and played for Sunday School and Vacation Bible
School at the St. Paul Baptist Church under the auspices of the late Pastor Sherman Bedford. Harold attended John F. Kennedy
High School where he participated in the choir and competed statewide in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Choir
competitions winning the opportunity to participate in the Texas All-State choirs as a tenor. At the urging of his high school
choir director, Annabel Pinner, he attended McMurray College in Abilene, Texas. He later returned to San Antonio to complete
his education at Our Lady of the Lake College earning a degree in education and music. Harold began his professional career
as an educator in the Edgewood Independent School District where he taught for more than 16 years in the fields of music and
behavior management. He shared his musical talents at various pre-schools throughout the city including St. John's Lutheran,
Los Angeles Heights United Methodist and Great Beginnings. During this period, Harold began his association with the San Antonio
MasterSingers where he served as a member of the tenor section for 35 years participating in numerous performances throughout
the state of Texas and across the country including several performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City (most recently,
the Carnegie Hall performance on Sunday, May 25, 2008).
Harold has been associated with the music ministry at Lackland
Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas for more than 30+ years and as served as the Director of Music for the last 25 years.
During those years, he shared his musical gifts and love of music with countless children, youth and adults. He has been a
member of numerous local, state and national organizations including Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), The Hampton
University Ministers Conference, NASPAAM just to name a few and has received numerous music and civic awards.
is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rhonie and Evelyn Cain; his mother, Edith Esteem Cain; his stepfather,
Wallace Morrell; his aunts, Ometha Millie Cain and Betty Jean Cain; and godmother, Josephine Young. Harold leaves to cherish
his memory childhood friends Crystal Jewel Willis and members of the Alonzia & Medora Willis family; Alfred Leon Irving
and members of the Willie & Susie Irving family; Ret. Col. James & Angelyn Scott and family; Lorraine Morrell of Maryland;
Daisy Williams and family; Eloise Swann and family of Georgia; Henry Washington of Houston and family; Charles Keller; Eddie
& Laura Cavazos and family; Luti Velagude and family and a host of cousins, loving friends and associates.
Viewing and personal reflections on Friday, August 1, 2008 from 5 - 9pm at Lewis Funeral Home located at 811 S W W White Road
in San Antonio, Texas. Funeral will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at the Hope Chapel on Lackland Air Force Base
(entrance to Lackland thru the Valley High Dr.). Interment beginning 11:30am on Saturday, August 2, 2008 at MeadowLawn Memorial
Park & Crematory located at 5611 E Houston St. in San Antonio, Texas.
Published in the Express-News on 7/31/2008