Vincent Lionel Tinker

June 22, 1947April 21, 2019

Vincent L. Tinker, 71, of Fort Wayne, IN, passed away on April 21, 2019. He was born on June 22, 1947 in Ft. Wayne, the son of Leo Tinker and Betty Barbee. Vincent enjoyed cooking; especially barbecuing and creating his own recipes. Vincent also enjoyed painting, drawing, photography, reading his Bible and playing the lottery. Surviving family members include his wife, Carlotta Tinker, sons, Vincent McKinley; Lashon McKinley; daughter, Jaynee Mitchell, all of Ft. Wayne, IN; brothers, Tracy Barbee, Arthur Simpson; sisters, Brenda; Norma; Jeannee (Simpson); Sonya (Wells); and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Trent and Courtney; and sisters, Mary Etta and Johanna. A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at New Day Life Ministries International, 1111 E. Wallace, Fort Wayne, IN 46803. Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is assisting the family. Visit to sign the online guestbook.


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, May 4, 2019


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Pearl Howell

May 3, 2019

A friend INDEED! I will always remember how we talked for hours and hours. What a great and compassionate listener he was; kind and considerate yet bold and courageous enough to give he his honest opinion. I trusted Vince and confided in him and he proved to be trustworthy. Vince was my next door neighbor almost 60 years ago. His mom and my mom were close friends also. Even though I moved away from Ft Wayne as a young adult, Vince and I made it a point visit whenever I came to town. Vince always had a welcoming smile and something good to say; he was probably the most positive person I kno. I will miss him tremendously! So happy I was able to see you Bear and to meet your children. I told that to your Dad when I spoke to him about a month ago. My family and I are sending loads of love to Vince’s entire clan. May you, his loved-ones be consoled as we bid Vince farewell for now and release him back to God. May Peace and Blessings be upon us all. Amen,

Idella Williams

May 1, 2019

I have known Vincent as long as I can remember. A great man. Son. Brother Husband. Father.U will be missed by me..RIP...

Lawrence Wilson

April 30, 2019

I wasn't real close to Vincent but every time I saw him he recognized me and he always had a smile and a hello. Rest in peace.

Maurice Lawson

April 30, 2019

My childhood memories are filled with family gatherings and cookouts and LOTS of laughter with Uncle Vince. R.I.H. Unc, you deserve it. Love

Jacqui Dowdell

April 30, 2019

To the family,
It’s always sad to see good people leave us behind. But each time I think of Vince, I remember his sweet sweet smile. May you find peace in knowing we will all have to make this journey. My condolences to your family from mines.

Peace be still.

Lynn Dowdell

April 30, 2019

Rest easy Vincent.
May God's blessings be upon the family in your time of need.

Natasha Carr

April 30, 2019

Our birthdays are a day a part. When it was mine you'd tell me Happy Birthday and then tell me come here and share your Famous Gumbo with me, on yours I'd tell you Happy Birthday and give you a hug. This year on my birthday, I'll be thinking of you. You will be missed Mr. Tinker,.... Rest!

Patricia Turner

April 30, 2019

I loved Vincent. We knew each other from childhood. I’m sad to hear of his passing and offer my condolences to the family.

Laurice Harris

April 30, 2019

My heartfelt prayers and sympathy are sent to the Tinker family. Vincent was a well loved high school classmate. The one memory I’ll always carry is of Vincent’s smiling face and large laughter. God smiled on him with that wonderful positive personality. May God bless you in this time of transition.