Rev. Thomas Coatney Pinson

Graveside services for Rev. Thomas Coatney Pinson will be held 1 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at Charleston Cemetery in Charleston, Ms.

Visitation dates and times are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, October 18 & 19, 5:30-9pm at Milling Funeral Home of Union and Wednesday, October 20, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm in Charleston, Ms. Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Thomas Coatney Pinson, 86, passed from this life Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 1:10 am, at his home in Little Rock, Ms. Fall was his favorite time of the year. His birthday was October 31, Halloween. His favorite song was “When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall.” Rev. T.C. Pinson lived everyday of his life, happy, loving and caring for his wife Sara Lillian Neely Pinson and their four children. Rev. Pinson served his country proudly in the American Air Force during WWII as an airplane Aerial Gunner from a B-24 plane. S. Sergeant, T.C. Pinson served the United States of America in the Arvennes, the Rhineland and in the Central European Battles and campaigns. He flew 28 successful missions over Germany. He will be honored with a full military funeral at the Charleston Cemetery in Charleston, Ms.

After coming home from WWII, T.C. married his childhood sweetheart, Sara Lillian Neely and they started a family. Ms. Sara was a mother and homemaker. T.C. was first employed with the U.S. Postal Service located on the Charleston Town Square.

In 1951, T.C. used his G.I. Bill to finish his college degree at Mississippi College at Clinton, Ms., earning a B.A. in sociology. After graduation at Mississippi College, the First Baptist Church of Charleston, Ms., ordained him as a Southern Baptist Minister. Rev. Pinson finished his Master Degree in Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He continued his education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA.

Rev. and Mrs. T.C. Pinson served faithfully in Mississippi for 60 years in Christian ministry. And they also served the counties of Tallahatchie, Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Yazoo, Harrison, Rankin, and Newton.

In 1970, Rev. Pinson earned a masters degree in School Administration after teaching in the Jackson City Public School system. He served as principal of the Pearl City Public School System. He also served 15 years as principal of Pearl City Elementary Public School System on Mary Ann Drive.

Survivors include:

His children: Son, Tommy Pinson of Missouri, three daughters, Penny Tucker and husband Timmy of Little Rock, Sara Beth Rogers of Madison, and Mary Ann Medows and husband Frank of Montgomery, Alabama. One sister, Mary Evelyn French.

Eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren.

Rev. Pinson was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Lillian Neely Pinson, his parents, Paul and Jewel Pinson and Mattie Elizabeth Stewart Pinson of Charleston, Ms. Two brothers, Paul Pinson and Charles Pinson, and infant Elizabeth Pinson, his granddaughter, Merry Elizabeth Pinson Nettles, his great grandson, James Brooks Ragaland, and brother in law, Bill French.

Pallbearers: Tommy Pinson, Frank Meadows, Timmy Tucker, Coatney Tucker, Dan Lockett, and Kevin Harrison.

Family requests that memorials be made to: Vira Neeley Rice Memorial Fund P.O. Box 530 Jackson, Ms. 39205.

This fund was started in 1985, by Rev. & Mrs. T.C. Pinson at Ms. Southern Baptist Fund Board.

The family would like say thanks to Harper Hospice Care, Milling Funeral Home of Union, Womble Funeral Home, friends, neighbors and family. A special thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Michael and Timothy Tucker, primary care givers; Nona and Kevin Harrison and Rachael and Brian Swanner, assistant caregivers.

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