Carol Louise (Tinker) Little was born September 28, 1945 in Sapulpa, Ok to Albert R. and Rose L. Tinker. She attended school in Sapulpa, OK and graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1963.
Carol was a "jack of many trades" including sewing, knitting, crochet, art, masonry, and carpentry, just to name a few. She enjoyed gardening, her pets, cooking, being outdoors, and she both loved and excelled at taking care of the babies in her family. Carol was involved with Gojo Ryu Karate and participated in tournaments in the 1970's. During the 1980's she worked several years as a school bus driver for Kellyville Schools, then eventually obtained her CDL for over the road semi-truck driving.
In February 1999, Carol left her home in Kellyville, OK after telling her daughter that she was leaving town. She chose to live a homeless lifestyle, living with her brothers on occasion but mostly camped outdoors in makeshift shelters among the homeless population in the Tulsa area.
In April 2014, an unidentified skull was found near Turkey Mountain. Years later, in February of 2020, skeletal remains were discovered near the same area. Due to the diligent work done at the medical examiners office, DNA testing was used to confirm the identity, bringing closure to Carol's loved ones.
Carol is preceded in death by her father Albert Tinker, mother Rose Tinker, brother Albert "Cricket" Tinker Jr, and sister Kathrine "Punkin" Harris.
Carol is survived by both of her children, Leslie Little of Sapulpa, OK and Shawn Little of Cleveland, OK; brothers Robert Tinker of Claremore, OK and Samuel Tinker of Tulsa, OK; sister Patsy Hollingshead of Kellyville, OK; grandchildren Steve Nigh Jr, Jacob Little, Jennifer Nigh, and Aaron Short; great granddaughter Nova Rae Nigh; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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