Santa and his reindeer are one of the many lit Christmas decorations that cover the Tinsleys’ lawn in Camp Hill. | Alison James

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Lighting up their memories

Published 9:40am Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Camp Hill family honors lost family member with Christmas display

Gloria Tinsley has no idea how many Christmas lights and decorations adorn her property, but the display is one her family has kept up ever since 1989, when her 10-year-old son was struck and killed by a car.

“It’s just a labor of love,” Tinsley said.

The display, located in Camp Hill on County Road 044, includes eight or nine nativity sets, the story of The Night Before Christmas, a number of Santas and snowmen and thousands of twinkly lights in all different colors.

Timothy Bakari Tinsley was killed by a car in July 1989. Tinsley said she didn’t want to decorate for Christmas at all that year until she had the idea to do it in honor of her son.

“He would love it,” Tinsley said.

She said Timothy used to help check all the lights for Christmas, and although their outdoor display was smaller then, Tinsley said he loved the red lights.

To view the display, turn on County Road 44 from Alabama Highway 50 and continue about a mile.