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Obit: Russell Tinsley

Posted: 10 Sep 2005 11:45AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Sep 2005 8:31AM GMT
Surnames: Tinsley, Begin, Scott, Cooper, Schott,Enderland
Russell Tinsley, born October 14, 1932, rose to the hands of the Lord on September 3, 2005. Russell is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marjorie of Mason, Tex.; son, Reed and daughter-in-law, Suan Tinsley of Houston, Tex.; daughter, Cynthia Tinsley of Georgetown, Tex.; grandson, Sean Tinsley of Austin, Tex.; granddaughters, Marilyn and Sheila Begin, Georgetown, Tex.; great-grandson, Christopher Sean Tinsley of Austin, Tex.; sisters, Edith Scott of Nashville, Tenn., and Sharon Cooper of Austin, Tex.; and brother- in-law, Jay Schott and his wife Jody of Mason, Tex. His parents, Oran and Dora Tinsley of Mason, Tex., and sister, Avis Enderland of Bentonville, Ark., predeceased him. In addition, Russell is survived by numerous cousins, nephews and nieces, whom he loved and enjoyed spending time with. For all who knew him well, outdoors was not only Russell s vocation, but a constant love and passion as well. As a writer and photographer, he was first Outdoors Editor of the Austin American-Statesman and held the position for 30 years, wrote 11 books on the outdoors, such as Hunting the Whitetail Deer , which was an Outdoor Life Book Club selection, Taxidermy Guide , and Fishing Texas, which is still available in bookstores and sporting goods establishments. He also hosted an outdoors radio show on KLBJ in Austin. Up until his death, he was a contributing editor of the magazine Texas Fish & Game , of which he was a founding editor. One of his more notable adventures was an assignment from Popular Mechanics which involved taking his wife and young son on an impromptu two-week survival expedition during the Cold War. The purpose of the mission was to report on how a family could survive for two weeks if an atomic bomb were detonated in the Austin area and they only had ten minutes to pack their car with essentials and get as far away as the gasoline in their tank at that moment could take them. The story of their ordeal was serialized in three installments in the Austin American-Statesman in July 1961. Tinsley was on the board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and received the organization s lifetime achievement honor, the Ham Brown Award, in 2003. He was one of the charter members of the Texas Outdoor Writers Assn., and was awarded the organization s lifetime achievement award, the L.A. Wilke Award. He will perhaps best be remembered in the writing profession, though, for his encouragement and unselfish mentoring of numerous neophyte outdoor writers who sought his wisdom and guidance. In addition to his love and passion for the outdoors, his other love was the University of Texas, especially Longhorn athletics. Russell graduated from the University of Texas as a Communications Major and was a member of the Air Force ROTC. Russell and Marjorie made Austin their home before retiring to Mason of the Texas Hill Country where they were born, raised, and married. The family will hold visitation on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on September 7, 2005, at the Mason Funeral Home. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. on September 7, 2005, in Mason at the Gooch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in the name of Russell to either the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Cancer Society, or the Communications School at the University of Texas. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

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