R.L. Pinson, longtime Murfreesboro Antique Dealer, died November 4, 2012 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home. R.L. is survived by nephews, Ralph (Jan) Dick, Jr. of St. Peter, MO, Jackie (Sue) Pinson of Greenbrier, TN, John Pinson of West Palm Beach, FL, Richard Dick of Pacific, MO; and nieces, Janice Elmore, Louise Pinson and Nancy Pinson.
R.L. was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Edgar and Birdie Bracken Pinson of Orlinda, TN.
R.L. served in the United States Marine Corps
for four years which included a one-year tour in Korea. He was also a member of the Woodbury Road Baptist Church.
R.L. and his partner, Elvis Jernigan, established their first antique shop in the old Jernigan grocery and gas station on Woodbury Highway in the 1960's. Later they moved their residence and shop to Manson Pike.
In 1968, the antique dealers from Murfreesboro and surrounding communities and formed the Murfreesboro Antique Dealers Association with R.L. Pinson as president and Elvis Jernigan as secretary. After running monthly flea markets, they started the Murfreesboro Antique Dealers Show and Sale in August 1969 in the Ag Center. After three years, they moved the event to Murphy Center on MTSU Campus. The show ran consecutively for over 40 years and was a much-anticipated event every third weekend in July.
R.L. specialized in pattern glass and primitive items and collected numerous rare and none-of-a-kind items.
Mr. Pinson's body will be cremated and his cremains buried with military honors in Roselawn Memorial Gardens following graveside services at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief, 501 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN or to the Wounded Warriors Project; 223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Suite 301, Nashville, TN 37203. Jennings & Ayers, 615-893-2422.