Clore-English Funeral Home

11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA


Mary Tinsley Alphin

March 30, 1935February 3, 2016

Mary Strother Tinsley Alphin, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died February 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; Charles R. and Kathleen E. Tinsley. Mary is survived by her husband, William M. Alphin of Culpeper, VA, her daughter, Charleene Alphin Doverspike and her husband David Wine of Baltimore, MD, and her three sons; Robert M. of Centreville, VA, Wallace R. and his wife Donna of Haymarket, VA and W. Kenneth and his wife Christiev of Nashville, TN. She was grandmother to seven grandchildren; Jason, Jacob, Delanie, Ian, Sean, Lincoln, Dakota, and one great-granddaughter, Carolena Rose. Mary was a graduate of Culpeper County High School and attended Mary Washington College; was an active member of New Salem Baptist Church, founding their children’s choir in the early 60’s and supported the church as an organist. She loved to sew many of her daughter’s clothes, adored small children and babies and supported Culpeper Baptist Church in their nursery ministry for many years. She enjoyed attending Rural Electric Association Director’s meetings with her husband and developed many friendships with the other wives. An avid gardener, Mary delighted in sharing cuttings of her perennials with her friends and neighbors and dearly loved Rhillhurst Farm, treasuring the life that she and her husband built for their family there. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, at Clore-English Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at New Salem Baptist Church, 8233 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA, with Pastor Mike Dodson officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered by visiting clore-english.com.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 5, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

  • Committal Service to follow

    Saturday, February 6, 2016


Mary Tinsley Alphin

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February 26, 2016

Mr. Alphin and Family - We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mary, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. We wish for you softness... Mike and Marie Murphy, Boston, Virginia

February 8, 2016

condolences on the loss of your loved one she will be missed by all that knew her from the gray family

February 8, 2016

I have been thinking about all of you since Steele called with the news about Aunt Mary. Since I was a little boy I always felt excited to see Uncle Billy and his family. The absolutely wonderful smiles and gentleness of the family left me feeling "I want to be like them". Aunt Mary was always interested to know how I was doing. She might say "How is Monty doing". She had great mental capacity and insight. We will miss her. God bless you all in this time of sorrow. Monty and Ginny Alphin

February 6, 2016

Dear Bill & Family, Betty and I were shocked when we learned of Mary Strothers passing. We apologize for not attending family night and her funeral,but we didn't learn of her passing until today Saturday,February 6. We found Mary Strother to be a kind and generous individual. She shared medical information with Betty in regard to eye problems and encouraged Betty to keep her appointment at John Hopkins Eye Center. She always had good advise for us. We know the adjustment will be difficult for the family but rest assured you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless Betty & Bill Simms

Shirley Barfield

February 6, 2016

My deepest sympathy to the family.

February 6, 2016

Our deepest sympathy to the Alphin family . Prayers to all . Robert and Michelle Hoffman . Culpeper , Va .

February 6, 2016

My deepest sympathy on your loss. Miss Mary was a sweet lady who loved to talk about her family & how everyone was doing. It was a treat when she would bring her cookies to us on one of her visits. God bless you all. M. Payne

February 5, 2016

Bill and Family,
We are so very sorry to hear about Mary's passing. I enjoyed so much knowing her and hearing about her dreams for all her children and their families. Mary made so many contributions to the VMD Educational Scholarship Foundation when it was first established. In its early days she worked diligently and tirelessly with me to raise start-up funds. I'll always remember those special efforts and her very real zest for life. Our sincere and loving thoughts are with you Bill and your whole family. Alice Haithcock, (VMDAEC Retired) and husband Brad

Hazel Zinn-Day

February 5, 2016

My deepest sympathy. Hazel

Audrey & Brian Hingley

February 5, 2016

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

To Bill, Kenny & Christiev and the Alphin family... Our hearts go out to you at this time of great loss.

Mary was such a special person! I remember I once said to her I knew how proud she was of Kenny's musical success and she quickly replied, "I'm proud of all my children." I had just been thinking recently that we needed to come see Bill & Mary (we moved this year & things have been hectic)... a good reminder NOT to put things off!
Our prayers for comfort are with you, the entire Alphin family... Mary, say hello to my mom-- see you in Heaven!