Willard Tinsley
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WILLARD MERLE
TINSLEY, JR., was born February 4, 1937, in Houston, Texas, to Margie Bosley Tinsley and Willard Merle Tinsley. He passed away peacefully March 31, 2014.
He was predeceased by his parents and his younger brother, Paul R. Tinsley (Randy).
Willard is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard D. Tinsley and Emily G. Tinsley, his sister-in-law Mary F. Tinsley, and by his nieces and nephews whom he adored, Robyn Tinsley, Allison and Karl K. Maier, Karl S. Maier and Tinsley Maier; Ann and Brian Billelo, Thomas Billelo and Tinsley Billelo; Sara and Joe Ratliff, Elle Ratliff and Emme Ratliff, and by many loving cousins and countless loyal, devoted friends.
Willard graduated from Lamar High School, Wharton Junior College, Stephen F. Austin University and Baylor Law School. In 1973 he joined the staff counsel of Wausau Insurance Company as its Managing Attorney. He returned to private practice in 1988. Over the next 25 years as a successful trial attorney, he litigated cases in both state and federal court and specialized in insurance defense, family law, personal injury law, and toxic torts. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association, and was also an experienced and successful mediator, conducting over 600 mediations and 15 arbitrations during his career. He served as a director on many civic and professional boards.
Willard developed enduring friendships in everything he did. He could make any time a better time. He was an exceptional athlete and team leader throughout his life. In school he established records as an extraordinary basketball player. He was the founder of Flag Football in Houston in 1977, which has grown to more than 200 teams involving some 7,000 players. More recently, golf was his game.
Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Willard during a visitation at Bradshaw Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama, Houston, Texas, 77098, on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
A memorial service celebrating Willard's life will be conducted in the sanctuary of St. Luke's Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, Texas, 77027, on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.
Prior to the service, the family will gather for a private interment at Forest Park West Cemetery.
For those desiring to honor Willard with memorial gifts, the family gratefully suggests that those be made to the charity of your choice.


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Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014.
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April 4, 2014
My condolences to the family. I was saddened to learn about this today. I never met Willard personally, but handled a few cases against him in Conroe. He was a fine gentleman and lawyer, schooled in courtesy and advocacy. I will miss him and his yearly lawsuits.
Joe Longoria
April 3, 2014
Willard..you've left to soon! I will remember you as a loyal friend and advocate. Someone who lived life to the fullest and who loved family. I will always cherish and remember a very special and treasured friendship. Rest peacefully.
Butter Bean
April 3, 2014
Many years and many miles but never forgotten.
Pam McGhie Capps
April 3, 2014
We will miss Uncle Willard - his smile, laughte and giving spirit. He is now with my dad and I know they are so happy to be reunited.
Ann Bilello
April 3, 2014
Willard & I were on the basketball team at Wharton Jr. College 1954-56. We became friends & he was a groomsman in our wedding. We have stayed in touch through the years. I thought a lot of Willard & we talked on the phone to tell stories about the great times we had at Wharton Jr. College. We will miss him & will treasure the memories we shared.

James & Shirley Burroughs
Waco, Texas
April 2, 2014
As we all know, Willard was one of those persons each of us could not help but like. Of all of his assets, the one which had the least value was his putting stroke-something those of us who played golf with him did not want to watch because we were afraid it might rub off. My sincere condolences to his family and close friends-we all lost someone very special!
Ralph Gustafson
April 2, 2014
Bob and I are saddened to hear of the sudden death of Willard. I first met Willard around 1977 right after he started the Houston Flag football league. He usually played against us but we partied together. Willard, we will cherish all the fond memories we shared together.
Joanne Naponic
April 2, 2014
Cheyenne
April 2, 2014
I met Willard within the past year. Each time we met up with him, he lit up the room. He was a very kind gentleman and had his own special way of lightening up everyone's mood. He will truly be missed!
April 2, 2014
Willard was a kind and loving friend over the years. I'm heartbroken to hear of his passing. I'm grateful for our friendship and I will miss him dearly. He was a truly wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. God bless you and keep you.
Terri Eoff
April 2, 2014
I met Willard in 1963 when I returned from active duty to begin the practice of law. In those days we had some pick up football games at the practice fields of Rice U. Willard was very athletic and usually was the quarterback. Later we spent some social time together until I married. Willard remained a confirmed bachelor. I don't think he ever married, at least to my knowledge.
Jim Perdue
April 2, 2014
You will be missed dearly. I always enjoyed talking to you, you always brought a smile to my face.
April 2, 2014
I haven't seen Willard in a number of years, but for many years we shared many rounds of golf and loads of smiles...he was a joyful, wonderful man.
Terry Rambin
April 2, 2014
Willard you will be missed at all our family gatherings. Peace be with you. We will all see you again one day.
Margaret Blair
April 1, 2014
I only knew Willard a few years as a neighbor in Walden and a short-term member of the Section 7 Board of Trustees but found him interested in his community and his career. Thought he worked way too much. Rest in peace, Willard -- it was a pleasure to serve on the board w/you and to know such a kind gentleman in these turbulent times.
Carol Daugherty
April 1, 2014
My husband Norman and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of our very dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Willard's family and friends. He will be greatly missed!!
Diane Snyder
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