Tinker Edmonds, 85, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 24.
Edmonds was born in Alberta, Virginia on August 2, 1923. He was a longtime community activist, serving on the Board of Directors at the Blanche Community Day Care Center, board member with the Bedford Stuyvesant N.A.A.C.P in Brooklyn, New York, member of the Black Veterans, volunteered with the vacation camps for the blind though the Lions International Club, member of the South Ozone Park Civic Association and the West Ozone Park Block Association and member of the Zion Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York for 30 years, where he served as an usher and worked with the Men's Fellowship group.
He is survived by youngest brother, Campbell Ray Edmonds; companion, Effie Palmer; children, Beverly, Ralph, Vanderbilt, Tinker Jr., Raymond and Amanda; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements and memorial service were entrusted to Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel, Inwood, New York. Interment was at Long Island National Cemetery, Pinelawn, New York.