William M. "Dink" Dinkins, passed on to his heavenly home on Sun., March 30, 2014 at the VA Center in Claremore, Okla., of natural causes, he was 89. Born in Holmes County on Oct. 20, 1924, "Dink" was lifelong Gator fan. He was raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He served in two branches of the Military and four years in the Navy during World War Two. While serving on the destroyer USS Duncan, the ship was sunk by Japanese forces in The Battle of Esperance, this occurred while protecting transports headed for the South Pacific. He spent 10 hours in the water before being rescued. After his rescue, he continued serving in the Navy until the end of his enlistment. "Dink" then served 28 years in the Air Force, where he was a meteorologist. He traveled the world while proudly serving our country. After retirement as a Lt. Colonel from the Air Force, "Dink" became an avid golfer and made friends while traveling around the United States.
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"Dink" is preceded in death by his parents, J.A. and Bonnie; stepmother, Corine and his three brothers, Elton, Gerild and Randall.
His loving wife, Bobby Dinkins of Anchorage, Alaska and Sun City, Arizona; his two sons, Andrew Dinkins and James Dinkins; two grandchildren, Patrick and Megan Dinkins; his two sisters, Betty Wynns and Margaret Reynolds, and one brother, Wendall Dinkins, survive "Dink". Dink also has five stepdaughters, Marci Bishop, Rayma Hadley, Judy Hadley, Susan Murray, and Carla McConnell, and 13 step-grandchildren that affectionately call him "Papa Bill".
Graveside service with full military honors for Lt. Colonel William M. "Dink" Dinkins will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery in Anchorage under the direction of Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home
11621 Old Seward Highway Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Apr. 9, 2014