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Charles Franklin Pinkston

Memphis, TN

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Charles Franklin Pinkston D.D.S. closed his eyes and went into a peaceful slumber. Dr. Pinkston was a retired Dentist who opened the first dental practice in Orange Mound in 1957. He is survived by his loving children, Toya McLaurin (Joseph), Lloyd (Connie), Carmen, Bonnie, two granddaughters, Kyla McLaurin and Sophia Dawson, a brother Howard Pinkston Sr; sister-in-law, Joyce Pinkston; two sisters, Annette Thorpe and Pauline Oden; the Orange Mound community and a host of relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Ida Maria Jones Pinkston, his parents Dr. Greene Fort Pinkston and Penella Horne Pinkston, sisters Sarah Brown, Bernice Williams, Mary Pettus, and brothers Wilbert "Ben" and Garland Pinkston.

For Dr. Pinkston, the most important things for him, were family and education. He imparted those same values to his children along with a strong faith in GOD. His values and love of dentistry was a testament to his 57 plus years of service to the Orange Mound community.

The family will hold a memorial service at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1169 Kerr Avenue, Memphis, TN 38114, Thursday, June 8, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. The order of service will be the Rosary at 5 p.m., Omega Service at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Connecting Links service.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Friday, June 9, at St. Augustine Catholic Church and interment in historic Elmwood Cemetery.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, monetary contributions be sent to Meharry Medical College in honor of Charles F Pinkston D.D.S, 1005 D.B. Todd Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208-3599 Division of Institutional Advancement.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal from Jun. 6 to Jun. 7, 2017.
Memorial service
04:00 - 08:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 AM
St. Augustine Catholic Church
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June 24, 2017
To the Pinkston Family--
Saddened to learn of your father/grandfather's transition. May He continue to bless and keep you in his care. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina Daniels
Great granddaughter of
Magdeline Pinkston Flowers
Wayne, MI
June 9, 2017
May the love of GOD be with you and the family.
Dr. and Mrs. Pinkston will always be remembered for their kindness to others.
Dr. Lovelace and mrs. Amanda Gipson
June 8, 2017
To: Dr Toya : I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this time, I am one of your patients and I was a patient of Dr. Charles Pinkston years ago.
Cheryl Glaspie
June 8, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Cheryl Glaspie
June 8, 2017
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Toya, Nick(Dude), Carmen and Bonnie. Our families have been very close for years. I enjoyed your fathers wit, wisdom and company during that time. He made me feel part of the family. On the numerous times I came to Memphis to visit, we would all go down to Tunica for a meal and gambling. It was fun watching him play the nickel slots for hours. During those times he would impart some of his years of wisdom on me while never missing a beat pulling that handle. One day while he was visiting LA, I got to give back some of that fun he shared with me by taking him and Carmen up to Hamburger Hamlet up on Sunset Blvd. We were seated in the Tap Room which was normally reserved for the old stars of Hollywood. There were some there at the time and he enjoyed seeing them and eating the bowl of Chili he ordered, professing that it was one of the best times he had ever had in LA. He made me feel special all the time, but I knew that he always made everyone feel special. A wonderful husband, father, Dentist, mentor and friend. I will miss him deeply but I will treasure the memmories.
William E. Fisher
June 7, 2017
To the Pinkston family we send our condolences to you. Dr. Pinkston was our dentist for many years. He will be truly missed by us. Although after retiring, he turned our care over to his daughter Dr. Dawson, we still would see him roaming around the office during our dental appointments. You will be in our prayers. May God Bless You, Halbert and Linda Pickens
Halbert/Linda Pickens
June 7, 2017
Remembering the dentist that put a lot of great smiles on faces in the Orange Mound area and near communities. Thank you Dr. Pinkston for your dedication and work.

Condolences to the family and may his memories linger in your hearts forever. Praying for comfort during this time of sorrow.
Juretha Wheeler
June 7, 2017
Marica Taylor
June 6, 2017
Connie & Lloyd my prayers are with you and your family!!!
Pam & April
June 6, 2017
Praying God will continue to comfort you. I was one of his patients. Min Taylor .New Hope Baptist of Memphis
Min Willie Estelle Mayes- Taylor
June 6, 2017
Bonnie, I am so sorry about your Dad. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Janice
June 6, 2017
I genuinely don't know what I could say to make this time any less tragic.
As the child of a Memphis physician, I recall when I lost him 21 years ago, and I cannot say the deep sadness ever completely heals.
Please just know my heart cries for all who loved him, and I certainly hope you have support, through others, during this extremely heart wrenching time.
Respectfully Yours,
Jamie Ledes
Jamie Lees
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