Danny Ray Tinney (6/11/1938 - 3/15/2016)

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Funeral services for Danny Ray Tinney, 77, of Livingston, Texas, will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Livingston, Texas with Rev. James Frazier and Pastor Kevin Hendrix officiating. Interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery in Livingston, Texas. Visitation will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, Texas.

Mr. Tinney was born June 11, 1938 in Lindale, Texas to parents, Charley Tinney and Lurleen Bartley-Tinney, and passed away March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Tinney; and brother-in-law, James Earl Phillips.

Mr. Tinney was a graduate of Athens High School and East Texas State University-Commerce. He made a career in public education having spent 45 years in the field. He began his teaching career in Dallas ISD in 1960. Later he moved to Athens and spent several years as teacher/elementary coach before becoming a Principal in the Mineola school district. After having worked for many years as a Principal in Mineola as well as Athens ISD, Mr. Tinney joined the administrative staff of Livingston ISD as Elementary Principal in 1977. For the next 29 years until his retirement in 2006, he enriched the lives of countless students, teachers, and fellow staff members of Livingston ISD. Mr. Tinney will long be remembered for his belief that "If you are doing what is right for kids, then you are doing what is right."

Mr.Tinney was a long time active member of the Livingston Lions Club having served as President in 1992-93. For many years he has been Chairman of the local Eye Glass Fund. For his many contributions to Lionism Mr. Tinney was awarded Lion of the year, the Melvin Jones Fellowship, and the Jack Weich Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Alice Tinney of Livingston, Texas; son, Matt Tinney of Athens, Texas; daughter, Lisa Henderson of Kingwood, Texas; brother, Bob Tinney and Freda of Athens, Texas; brother, Eddy Tinney and Sharon of Athens, Texas; brother, Larry Tinney and Brenda of Fayetteville, North Carolina; sister, Rose Smith and Glen of Athens, Texas; grandsons, Levi Tinney and Tristan Tinney both of Campbell, Texas; granddaughter, Chantal Ogg and Devin of Honolulu, Hawaii; sister-in-law, Patsy Phillips, of Livingston, Texas; special little friend, Bruce Edelbach of Cypress, Texas; beloved pets, Dorothy and Ron Jeffrey, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to the Polk County Retired Teachers Association (Children's Book Fund) c/o Joanne Westmoreland, treasurer, 564 Estate Road, Livingston, Texas, 77351 or Livingston ISD Green and White Scholarship Fund.

Pallbearers: Ray Elam, Judson Pritchard, Leonard Roberson, Henry Ager, Karl Shank, Curtis Kimbro, Byron Hines, Joe Day, Clark Winters.

Honorary Pallbearers: Members of the Livingston Lions Club.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.cochranfh.com.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Mar. 19, 2016