“Red,” age 53, was called home to be with the Lord in the early morning, Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Born to James Heflin Jr. and Virginia Smith, August 15, 1965 in Dayton, Ohio. Chaunsay was a loving husband of 31 years, together 35 years, to the “Apple of his Eye” and devoted Wife Benita Tinsley. He was a loving and devoted father of 5 and grandfather of 5 as well. Preceded in death by his Son, Chaunsay T. Tinsley Jr., Brother, James Heflin II., Dad, Irvin B. Smith, Mother in Law, Carolyn Hamilton; Maternal Grandparents, Henry and Ollie Mae Harris, Paternal Grandparents James B. and Elizabeth May Heflin, Uncle, Ronald Heflin Sr.
Survived by his loving Wife, Benita , Parents, James “Butch” and Virginia “Gent”; Children: Diontae Spalding, Chaunsay D. Tinsley, Shante’ Tinsley, Belondia’(David) Johnson; Siblings: Jane Marzette, Yolanda Tinsley, Johnny Black, Jewel Broom, Jacinta Heflin, Heather (Toby) Watts, Tony Drummings, Jerry and Jermaine Tinsley, Michael (Amanda) Hamilton, Charles ”Diamond” Wallace Grandchildren: Cristina and Whitney Tinsley, Taleya Turner, Tinsley and Tessley Johnson, Nieces: Toccarra Cash, Jewel Heflin, Latoya Allen, Jerneesha Tinsley-Allen, Jah’nae Tinsley, Deshay Tinsley, Nephews: Jermaine Jr., Dontae, Devonte, Irvin, Jerry, De’Quan Tinsley, Edward (Karlisa) Heflin, Jamaar Heflin, Lorenzo (Raven) Cash, Paul Heflin, Ryan (Courtney) Williams, Aaron Williams, Alex Fletcher, Devon, Aleyah, Victoria, Nic Hamilton , Aunts: Pamela Heflin-Yates, Patricia Harris, Ebony Harris and Laquita Williams, Sylvia (John) Robinson, Uncle: Henry Harris Jr. Special cousin , Billy Harris, Antwan (Monya) Lovett, Peter Lovett, Andre’(Kim) Lovett, Tyrone Williamson, Deon (Victoria) Harris, and Chonita Brown.
Red is a man who loved him some “Jesus.” A man of enormous faith, that come with a strong belief of giving his tithes, and was baptized. He retired after 30 years of service at Dayton Progress. An extraordinary “FAMILY” man; When God created him he must have “broken the mold.” He displayed his love for not only his immediate family but to “ALL” of his friends and family; Red showed his love by planning family gatherings, distributing gifts at Christmas, helping with loans, changing flats, fixing their cars, snow blowing, cutting grass, giving graduation gifts, home repairs, and that’s just to name a few. Grilling out, gardening and chilling by the bonfire was some of his favorite things to do and he “loved his tools.” He loved hanging with his friends, Danny Allen, Kevin Jackson, Chuck Whaley, Chuck Henry, Sherman Cooley, Al, and brother, Kevin (Anita) Jenkins and many more cousins, friends and coworkers.