Michael Davis "Mike" Tinley
July 17, 1937  -  August 24, 2018

Michael Davis "Mike" Tinley

Funeral Mass
St. Helena Catholic Church
100 East Bender
Hobbs, NM  88240
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
10:00 am
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I served in the Army.

Michael Davis (Mike) Tinley, passed away peacefully August 24, 2018 surrounded by his family. Michael Davis Tinley was born July 17, 1937 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Bobette Marie Daniels Tinley and Dr. Robert Emmet Tinley.

He was the second of four sons born to this couple. The family moved to Denver City, Texas when Mike was twelve years old. He attended Denver City schools and graduated from high school there in 1955.

He graduated from West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas with a Bachelor’s in accounting. He went to work for Daniels Insurance in January 1960 and was employed there for 58 years. In 1972 he became president of Daniels Insurance.

While Mike was interviewing for his Daniels Insurance position, he met his future wife, Barbara Turner, who was employed there. He married the love of his life, Barbara Turner Tinley on July 8, 1961. They recently celebrated 57 years of marriage.

They started their family and were blessed with 3 daughters and a son. Mike was active in civic and professional organizations including: New Mexico Association of Independent Insurance Agents, New Mexico Surplus Lines Association, New Mexico Life Leaders Association, Association of Oil Well Servicing Contractors, Lea County Insurance Association, Lea County Life Underwriters, Board member of the University of the Southwest, Board member of Industrial Development Corporation of Lea County, President of United Way Fund, Director of Junior Achievement, Board member of University of the Southwest Board of Trustees, Board member of Hobbs Boys Club and a member of St. Helena Catholic Church.

Mike was a veteran, having served in the United State Army and was honorably discharged July 3, 1966.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, children; Pamela Tinley Greebon (Ray), David Michael Tinley, Diane Tinley Neirynck (Rob) and Allison Tinley Friend (Ty). He was a beloved Papa to his seven grandchildren; Lauren Leong (Andrew), Abby Neirynck, Jack Neirynck, Gracie Neirynck, Jessica Friend, Erin Hines, Will Neirynck and one great-granddaughter, Nora Jean Leong, his brother, Robert Emmet Tinley, Jr., and many nieces and nephews.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Bob and Bobette Tinley; two brothers, Mathew Adrian Tinley and Patrick Anthony Tinley.

We would like to thank caregivers at Elite Home Care and Kindred Hospice for their compassionate, loving care of Mike. You are deeply appreciated.


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  1. Margaret Chittim
    Windsor, CO

    So sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Tinley. So many fond memories of his family and he and my dad. My heart goes out to beautiful Barbara Tinley and family. Mr. Tinley is in a peaceful place in heaven. May God Bless you all in the days to come. Margaret Chittim

  2. Craig and Sharon Williams
    Aztec, NM

    Pam and Ray:

    Sharon and I send much love and prayers to you and your family.

    Craig and Sharon Williams

  3. Patricia McCarthy
    Albuquerque, NM

    My prayers are with all family and all friends, Mike was a good friend and associate, he taught me much and I will miss his compassion to teach at any given opportunity.
    Old Steel Toes McCarthy

  4. Lori Heckler
    Albuquerque, NM

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Tinley family. Peace be with you all.

  5. Lolly Emig
    Hobbs, NM

    I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Condolences to his family.

  6. Ellen (Moran) Arvayo
    Gilbert, AZ

    Our deep and heartfelt sympathies go to Barbara and the Tinley family. It was a privilege to know Mike as my friend's dad (Allison) and I will never forget his dry, very direct humor. He was a one-of-a-kind man leaving behind a legacy of great love of family and community. We pray for peace and comfort for all. David, Ellen (Moran) and Robert Arvayo

  7. Robert L McPheron
    Edmond,Oklahoma 73083, NM

    Barb: So sorry to hear about Mikes death. I have been keeping touch via Raymond and know you have had a long ordeal.

  8. Richard W Jones
    Albuquerque, NM

    Barbara and family;
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.

  9. Rodger Gray
    Hobbs, NM

    My thoughts and prayers for the family. Good man of sharp insights.

  10. Bob Gallagher
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Mike, was a buddy, friend, confidant and mentor. We spend many hours and yeas talking, laughing, crying and having fun. Miss our times together my friend, may you Rest In Peace.

  11. Billie and Mike Hood
    Las Cruces, NM

    Our deepest sympathy for Mike's family. We were saddened to hear of Mike's passing.

  12. Rusty R Taylor
    Hobbs, NM

  13. Glenda Greebon and Joyce Surek
    Abilene, TX

    Praying for Peace and Comfort during this time - knowing that God and friends are there with you to share the pain of your loss.

  14. Dawn Morgan
    Hobbs, NM

    Thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family in this time of grievance for loss, but celebration of life and legacy.

  15. The Lithfield Team
    El Paso, TX

    Your heart goes out to the entire Tinley family and friends. Please accept our most sincere condolences.
    The Litchfield Special Risks team.

  16. Teresa M Chittim
    Albuquerque, NM

    I am so sorry to the Tinley Family for the loss of such a Wonderful Man...So many Great Memories growing up with you all! I will always remember the smiles and laughter Mr. Tinley brought into my childhood with his great sense of humor! I, along with the rest of the Chittim Family, send our Love and Condolences to the Family for the loss of such a Beloved Man...May You RIP Mr.Tinley..Your Love and Memory will forever remain in the Hearts of Your Loved One's...And, May God Comfort You all with His Love during this difficult time..Love and Blessings to All,
    The Chittim Family

  17. April Williams
    Hobbs, NM

    To Barbara, David & Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need. Mike Tinley was a great man and will be deeply missed by all.

  18. Chuck Olson
    Las Cruces, NM

    I first met Mike over forty years ago when we both served on the board of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico. He leaves a legacy of professionalism and integrity. It was my honor to have known him. God bless his family.


    Barbara and family - my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Mike was a good competitor, a good civic leader, a good spokesman for the industry, a good teacher and most of all, a good friend to me which was greatly appreciated. My love to you and all your family!
    Gary Beal

  20. Cherrie Holyfield Maxwell
    Bartlesville, OK

    Good bye to a very dear and long time friend. You will be missed by all who ever knew you. My most heartfelt sympathy and love to Barbara and all your loved ones.

  21. Linda & Scotty Wright
    Hobbs, NM


  22. LaRue Forman
    Hobbs, NM

    I know your many beautiful memories will bring you so many hours of comfort during this difficult time. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  23. Marilyn Helton
    Hobbs, NM

    My prayers for you are your family πŸ™πŸ»

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