Charles Len Tingle, Sr.
"My son, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in time of adversity. Cling to him, forsake him not; thus will your future be great." Sir 2:1-3.
On October 19, 2016 Charles Len Tingle, Sr., as a steadfast servant was rewarded with eternal life and a reunion with his bride of 66 years, Irene Lang Tingle. At age 88, Charles left this world peacefully surrounded by family and supported in prayer by those who knew and loved him. He was a native of Jena, LA and long-time resident of Baker, LA. Charles "Cannonball" was a locomotive engineer retired from Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
Visiting at Baker Funeral Home, 6401 Groom Road, on Sunday, October 23 from 4-8 pm. Visiting will resume at St. Isidore Catholic Church, 5657 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, on Monday, October 24 from 8:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am, celebrated by Father Frank Bass. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Baker.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Charles is survived by his children and their spouses, Catherine and Gary Reynerson, Denham Springs, LA; Charles, Jr and Rhonda, Port Gibson, MS; Anita and Steven Jones, Baton Rouge; Diane and Pat Cormack, Baton Rouge, Denise and William Fortenberry, Baton Rouge, Carl and Linda Tingle, Zachary, LA, Carol Tingle, Baton Rouge, Buck and Joni Tingle, League City, TX; Mary Alice and Jeff Stevens, Baton Rouge and Mark and Wendy Tingle, Olathe, KS; and siblings Lewis Tingle and Virginia Townsend of Vicksburg, MS. Grandchildren and their spouses Robert and Kim Reynerson, Crystal River, FL; Michael and Misty Reynerson and Alan and Lauren Reynerson all of Denham Springs,LA; Sarah Tingle and Morgan Ravencraft, Port Gibson, MS; Coleen Cormack and Jeremy Catlett, Baton Rouge; Jason Cormack, Port Allen; Karen Fortenberry and Brandon Smith, Baton Rouge; Stephen and Ann Wyles, Prairieville, LA; Carl "LC" and Ashley Tingle, Denham Springs, LA; Dustin and Jenifer Tingle, Sorrento; Brooke Tingle, Friendswood, TX; Carlie Beth Tingle, Friendswood, TX; Sydney Markham, Baton Rouge, Kristin and Jacqueline Tingle, Olathe, KS. Great-grandchildren: Joshua and Kara Reynerson, Grace and Cole Reynerson, Adele, Ally, and Ashley Reynerson; Sophia and Rodney Charles Ravencraft; Jordan Ezra Smith; Mallory Wyles, Emma Grace Tingle, Hunter and Jacob Tingle, and Corey Tingle and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Lang Tingle; his parents, Henry Walter and Ora Stephens Tingle; sisters Johnnie Tingle Murphy and Margie Tingle Kowen; brothers Henry, Alton, Jackie, Robert Leon, Donald, Billy Joe, James, and Fred. Charles was a US Navy veteran and the military service of he and his brothers totaled more than 100 years in several branches of the US Armed Forces. As a longtime member of St. Isidore the Farmer Catholic Church, he served on the Parish Council and numerous committees through the years. During his railroad career he was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a member and officer of the Big "R" Club for retired railroad employees and their spouses. Charles enjoyed family, both current and past, and worked tirelessly to capture family records and ancestry information, including Native American research on his ancestors from the Cherokee nation. He enjoyed traveling across the United States and met friends everywhere he visited.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. Louis Minsky and the Hospice of Baton Rouge.
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