William H. Pinckney, 88, of East Springfield, Pa., died at his son's home in Conneaut Township, Pa., following a brief illness. He was born June 8, 1926, in Davis, West Virginia, and was the son of William C. and Lila (Howard) Pinckney.
Bill worked in marine construction on the St. Lawrence Seaway and at the Niagara Falls power plant, for many years, for Merritt Chapman. When he returned to this area, he worked as a heavy equipment operator with Union Local 66, retiring in 1994. He attended the Albion Assembly of God, and enjoyed listening to country music, and loved being with his grandkids. He was a farmer all his life, and his last words were "Be sure to bring in the cows."
Survivors include his son Wendell (Charleen) Pinckney of Albion, Pa.; his daughter Sherilyn Pinckney of North East, Pa.; four grandchildren, William (Nichole) Pinckney, Garian Pinckney, Katelyn Pinckney, and Cameron McFadden; two great-grandchildren Natalie Pinckney and Averie Pinckney; and several nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives, and good friends, Jesse and Abigail Kitchen of North East, PA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Virginia (Sumner) Pinckney, in 1992; his father and mother-in-law Walter and Hazel Sumner; his brother Robert Pinckney; and a nephew Gary Pinckney.
Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio, with Pastor Carolynn Kitchen of Orchard Beach Assembly of God of North East, officiating. Following the service, a luncheon will be held at the Marcy Family Center, 180 Harbor St., Conneaut, Ohio. Burial will be Thursday morning, in East Springfield Cemetery, East Springfield, Pa.
Calling hours will be at the funeral home, on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the V.N.A. Hospice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 1, 2014