Family, friends remember Chester man killed in Iraq

CHESTER — Logan Tinsley, a beloved son, brother and decorated graduate of Chester High School's ROTC unit, was killed in Iraq Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded, causing his Humvee to flip over a ravine south of Baghdad.

Tinsley worked as a medic with the U.S. Army's 509th Airborne Division stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. He graduated from Chester High in 2004.

Friends and relatives streaming into his family's home on Walnut Street Wednesday remembered a fun-loving, generous man who was quick with a smile or hug.

Tinsley stayed in touch with classmates through his MySpace and Facebook Web pages. Some had corresponded with him just before his death.

"I just told him I was thinking about him and asked him what he needed," said Casey Snelgrove, 20. "He sent me one back and let me know he was OK."

Tinsley planned to get married next year to a woman he met at Fort Richardson. He told his mother, Lori Fairfax Tinsley, he would e-mail her on Wednesday morning.

Instead, Lori stood outside her family's home, fighting back tears as she welcomed dozens of others who couldn't. As she grieves the loss of Logan, Lori is also preparing for another son, Ryan, 19, to be deployed to Iraq. Ryan is with the Air Force's 82nd Airborne Division.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made, but the Tinsley family is working with the Army and the office of U.S. Rep. John Spratt to make plans.