Carlton Tindley, 83

Date Published: 
April 28, 2017

Carlton Casher Tindley, 83, also known as “Pipe” and “Skace,” was born June 11, 1933, in Selbyville, Del., to the late Alice Tindley Truitt and Casher Williams. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 18, 2017.

Tindley received his education at Selbyville #210C School. He was united in holy matrimony to Barbara Taylor on Dec. 21, 1957. They were married 59 years. They were blessed with three sons and four daughters.

Tindley retired from Bennett Security and Legislative Hall in the House of Representatives after many years of service. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea as a quartermaster from 1950 to 1953.

He was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church in Selbyville. Tindley loved the Bible, and he would debate with others about it. He also loved singing and writing his own songs, including “It’s Revival Time.” He loved making wreaths at Christmastime. He also had a love for cars and had so many that the family can only name a few: Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Camaro and many more. He loved to dress from head to toe; he was a dressing man.

His daily routine was to go to the Food Lion in Selbyville and talk to people almost every day. When he would come home, he would sit outside or in his car and smoke a pipe. He loved his pipe, so that became his nickname. He acted as if he was the richest man in the world, because his ship was on the way in. When the mail truck came, he would go to the mailbox because his check was sure to be there.

In addition to his parents, Tindley was preceded in death by two brothers, Clinton and Vernon Tindley; a granddaughter, Monique Gibbs; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Purnell. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Barbara Tindley; three sons, Barry of Dagsboro, Del., Darryl and his wife, Alvina, of North Carolina, and Bryan Tindley Sr. and his wife, Matilda, of Millsboro, Del.; four daughters, Carvella Jarmon and her husband, Maurice, Malissa Billinger and her spouse, Andre, Sherri Snead and her husband, James, of Millsboro, and Lorri Tindley of Dagsboro, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Truitt and his wife, Madeline, of Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Freida Truitt, and Lisa Truitt Timmons and her spouse, Andre, of Snow Hill, Md.; sisters-in-law, Norma Drummond of Florida and her spouse, Sammy, Brenda White of Virginia and her spouse, the Rev. Willie White, Marie Garris of New York, Asia Nock of Delmar, Md., and Margaret Jean Tindley of Salisbury, Md.; two brothers-in-law, Wayne Taylor of Virginia and his wife, Marsha, and Donald Sturgis of Selbyville; two special cousins, Etta Moore and Raymond Moore of Selbyville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends may call for viewing and visitation on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church, N. Worcester Highway, Bishopville, Md. The celebration-of-life service will commence at 1 p.m. A private committal service with military honors will occur at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del., at a later date.