Joseph Walter Tinkler, known for his preaching and singing at Apostolic Faith Church in East Baltimore, died Sunday in his Baltimore home of diabetes. He was 56.
The eldest of five children, Mr. Tinkler grew up in Northeast Baltimore and attended city public schools, including the old Public School No. 453 in Washington Hill, a sister said.
His mother, Irene Starks of Baltimore, is a retired Baltimore County schools engineer and his adoptive father, Edward Starks, who died in 1970, was a construction worker, according to Mr. Tinkler's sister, Gretchen M. Starks of Baltimore.
Mr. Tinkler was divorced, his family said.
Mr. Tinkler was devoted to his faith and to the United House of Prayer for All People, Church on the Rock of the Apostolic Faith, at 1515 Ashland Ave.
"He was active in church and extremely talented," his sister said. "This was the guy who could sing in the range of five octaves. He could play instruments from sousaphone to the trombone."
Services were held Thursday.
In addition to his sister and mother, Mr. Tinkler is survived by another sister, Jazenia S. Wilkes of Baltimore; and two brothers, Darryl K. Starks of San Francisco and Avery W. Starks of Baltimore.