Liberty College is mourning the lack of longtime Board of Trustees member Gilbert “Bud” Tinney Jr., who died on Monday, Feb. 20, at age 85.

Tinney, a retired businessman from Grand Rapids, Mich., faithfully served on Liberty’s board for 48 years, selflessly giving of his time, service, and coronary heart to spend money on the scholars of Liberty College. He had served on the Govt Committee since 2016 and most just lately was chairman of the President and Chancellor Search Particular Committee, a task he held till his demise. Through the years, he additionally served on the Lengthy Vary Planning, Non secular Mission, and Audit Committees.

Tinney served on the board alongside his son, Will Tinney, who joined in 2019.

Bud Tinney and his spouse of 55 years, Margee, have been beneficiant supporters of Liberty College all through the years, serving to to offer college students with state-of-the-art services and scholarships. The Tinney Café within the Jerry Falwell Library is known as of their honor. Bud Tinney participated within the ceremonial groundbreaking of the newest addition to campus, the brand new Jerry Falwell Middle, presently beneath development. The ability will honor the founder’s lasting legacy and Liberty’s dedication to preserving its Christian mission.

Tinney’s different son, Gilbert “Gib” Tinney, and three of his grandchildren have attended Liberty.

“The Liberty household has misplaced an expensive buddy whose love and help for the college spanned almost 50 years,” stated Interim President Jerry Prevo. “Bud Tinney was most identified for his love for Christ, his spouse Margee and their household, and his love for Liberty College. Bud served in various key roles in Liberty’s management beginning with the Board of Trustees in 1975. He was additionally an important contributor and donor throughout a number of the pivotal and difficult years of Liberty’s progress. On behalf of the complete Liberty household, I prolong our condolences to the Tinney household and ask that you simply hold them in your prayers.”

“Bud Tinney was a person of super religion and sacrifice who lengthy served Liberty College in various roles,” stated Chairman of the Board Tim Lee. “We labored collectively on the Govt Committee and the Search Committee, and the board is indebted to him for on a regular basis and power he devoted to main the search course of. As one of many longest serving members, Bud was an incredible present to us all, and we thank God for the best way He used Bud to affect so many people throughout this entire college.”

Liberty Campus Pastor Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Street Baptist Church, referred to as Tinney a detailed buddy of the Liberty household.

“Bud got here to Christ within the Seventies via listening to my dad preach on tv,” he stated. “Not lengthy after trusting Christ, he introduced his household to Lynchburg to satisfy my dad. A lifelong friendship ensued in consequence. Bud has performed a serious function in Liberty’s management via his service to the board. We’re grateful for all he has achieved to assist lead this nice establishment.”

Fellow board member Penny Nance (’89) stated she deeply revered Tinney for his dedication to Liberty. She has served with Tinney on the President and Chancellor Search Particular Committee.

“I instructed anybody who frightened about LU’s future management that they might relaxation simple as a result of there isn’t any purer coronary heart or extra brave chief than Bud Tinney; I knew beneath his regular and daring management we might achieve success,” Nance stated. “We are going to so miss his sort coronary heart, joyful presence and straightforward friendship. His labor of affection will make it attainable for Liberty College to coach younger Champions for Christ for generations till the Lord returns. Solely in heaven will we all know the complete affect of his contribution.”

In keeping with his obituary, Bud Tinney had been a Cadillac supplier since 1966, with shops in Buffalo, N.Y., and Lakeland, Fla. Since 2001, his sons have had a dealership in Greenville, Mich., the place Bud was an everyday characteristic, sharing his knowledge and expertise. He liked gathering vintage automobiles and was an avid reader of historical past. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will probably be vastly missed.

A funeral service will probably be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at West Cannon Baptist Church, Belmont, Mich. Burial will happen in Buffalo, N.Y. On the request of the household, Jonathan Falwell and Jerry Prevo will collectively conduct the service.

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